Meaning of “firing squad” in the English Dictionary

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"firing squad" in British English

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firing squadnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaɪə.rɪŋ ˌskwɒd/ us /ˈfaɪ.rɪŋ ˌskwɑːd/

Examples from literature

  • Barney wondered just what kind of a sensation it was to stand facing a firing squad. 
  • I'd rather die before a firing squad after an attempt to save my wretched country than live to see it set back a hundred years. 
  • It halted and the man took his place before the firing squad but a few feet away. 
  • Suppose they took her for a spy, and that tomorrow's sun found her facing a firing squad? 
  • The young officer who commanded them was more nervous than the prisoner—it was his first detail with a firing squad. 

(Definition of “firing squad” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"firing squad" in American English

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firing squadnoun [ C ]

/ˈfɑɪər·ɪŋ ˌskwɑd/

a group of soldiers whose job is to shoot and kill someone as a punishment

(Definition of “firing squad” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)