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military Idioms & Phrases


commissioned military officer

  • noun a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps
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military academy

  • noun an academy for training military officers
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military action

  • noun a military engagement
    action.
    • he saw action in Korea
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military adviser

  • noun a military officer who serves as an adviser to the troops of an allied nation
    military adviser.
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military advisor

  • noun a military officer who serves as an adviser to the troops of an allied nation
    military adviser.
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military attache

  • noun an attache who is a specialist in military matters
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military band

  • noun a group of musicians playing brass and woodwind and percussion instruments
    concert band.
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military blockade

  • noun the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack
    siege; besieging; beleaguering.
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military campaign

  • noun several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints)
    campaign.
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military capability

  • noun capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war
    strength; military posture; military capability; posture.
    • we faced an army of great strength
    • politicians have neglected our military posture
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military censorship

  • noun all types of censorship conducted by personnel of the armed forces
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military ceremony

  • noun a formal ceremony performed by military personnel
  • noun a military custom performed in observance of some event or anniversary
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military chaplain

  • noun a chaplain in one of the military services
    Holy Joe; padre; sky pilot.
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military commission

  • noun an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces
    commission.
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military control

  • noun the control of a country by military forces of a foreign power
    occupation.
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military court

  • noun a judicial court of commissioned officers for the discipline and punishment of military personnel
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military drill

  • noun training in marching and the use of weapons
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military engineer

  • noun a member of the military who is trained in engineering and construction work
    army engineer.
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military expedition

  • noun a military campaign designed to achieve a specific objective in a foreign country
    hostile expedition; expedition.
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military force

  • noun a unit that is part of some military service
    force; military group; military force.
    • he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men
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military formation

  • noun a formation of troops
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military government

  • noun government by the military and an army
    stratocracy.
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military governor

  • noun the head of a government established by the military (as in a defeated country)
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military greeting

  • noun a formal military gesture of respect
    salute.
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military group

  • noun a unit that is part of some military service
    force; military group; military force.
    • he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men
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military headquarters

  • noun the military installation from which a commander performs the functions of command
    HQ; headquarters.
    • the general's headquarters were a couple of large tents
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military hospital

  • noun hospital for soldiers and other military personnel
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military installation

  • noun any facility servicing military forces
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military intelligence

  • noun an agency of the armed forces that obtains and analyzes and uses information of strategic or tactical military value
    military intelligence.
  • noun information about the armed forces of another country that is useful in planning and conducting military policy or military operations
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military intelligence agency

  • noun an agency of the armed forces that obtains and analyzes and uses information of strategic or tactical military value
    military intelligence.
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military intelligence section 5

  • noun the government agency in the United Kingdom that is responsible for internal security and counterintelligence on British territory
    Security Service; MI.
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military intelligence section 6

  • noun the government agency in the United Kingdom that is responsible for internal security and counterintelligence overseas
    Secret Intelligence Service; MI.
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military issue

  • noun supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government
    government issue; issue.
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military junta

  • noun a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power
    junta.
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Military law

  • noun the body of laws and rules of conduct administered by military courts for the discipline, trial, and punishment of military personnel
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  • . See Martial law, under Martial.
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military leader

  • noun a leader of military forces
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military machine

  • noun the military forces of a nation
    armed forces; military; armed services; war machine.
    • their military is the largest in the region
    • the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker
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military man

  • noun someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
    military man; serviceman; man.
    • two men stood sentry duty
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military march

  • noun brisk marching music suitable for troops marching in a military parade
    martial music; military march.
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military mission

  • noun an operation that is assigned by a higher headquarters
    mission.
    • the planes were on a bombing mission
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military music

  • noun brisk marching music suitable for troops marching in a military parade
    martial music; military march.
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military officer

  • noun any person in the armed services who holds a position of authority or command
    officer.
    • an officer is responsible for the lives of his men
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military operation

  • noun activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)
    operation.
    • it was a joint operation of the navy and air force
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Military order

  • . (a) A command proceeding from a military superior. (b) An association of military persons under a bond of certain peculiar rules; especially, such an association of knights in the Middle Ages, or a body in modern times taking a similar form, membership of which confers some distinction.
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military pace

  • noun the length of a single step in marching (taken to be 30 inches for quick time or 36 inches for double time)
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military personnel

  • noun soldiers collectively
    soldiery; troops.
  • noun someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force
    military man; serviceman; man.
    • two men stood sentry duty
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military plane

  • noun an aircraft designed and used for combat
    warplane.
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military police

  • noun a military corps that enforces discipline and guards prisoners
    MP.
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military policeman

  • noun a member of the military police who polices soldiers and guards prisoners
    MP.
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military position

  • noun a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons
    position.
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military post

  • noun military installation at which a body of troops is stationed
    post.
    • this military post provides an important source of income for the town nearby
    • there is an officer's club on the post
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military posture

  • noun capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war
    strength; military posture; military capability; posture.
    • we faced an army of great strength
    • politicians have neglected our military posture
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military press

  • noun a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then smoothly lifted overhead
    press.
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military quarters

  • noun living quarters for personnel on a military post
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military rank

  • noun rank in a military organization
    rating; paygrade; military rank.
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military rating

  • noun rank in a military organization
    rating; paygrade; military rank.
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military recruit

  • noun a recently enlisted soldier
    recruit.
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military reserve

  • noun armed forces that are not on active duty but can be called in an emergency
    reserve.
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military science

  • noun the discipline dealing with the principles of warfare
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military service

  • noun a force that is a branch of the armed forces
    armed service; service.
  • noun land tenure by service in the lord's army
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military strength

  • noun capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war
    strength; military posture; military capability; posture.
    • we faced an army of great strength
    • politicians have neglected our military posture
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Military tenure

  • tenure of land, on condition of performing military service.
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military training

  • noun training soldiers in military procedures
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military uniform

  • noun prescribed identifying uniform for soldiers
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military unit

  • noun a unit that is part of some military service
    force; military group; military force.
    • he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men
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military vehicle

  • noun vehicle used by the armed forces
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military volunteer

  • noun (military) a person who freely enlists for service
    voluntary; volunteer.
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military-industrial complex

  • noun a country's military establishment and the industries that produce arms and other military equipment
    • we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex"--Dwight David Eisenhower
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simulated military operation

  • noun a military training exercise
    maneuver; manoeuvre.
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united states military academy

  • noun a school for training men and women to become officers in the United States Army
    United States Military Academy.
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us military academy

  • noun a school for training men and women to become officers in the United States Army
    United States Military Academy.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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