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armed forcesThe ServicesRate it:

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open-armedHaving one's arms open and apartRate it:

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open-armedcordial; friendly; welcomingRate it:

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faire dix ans de travaux forcésTo undergo ten years’ penal servitude.Rate it:

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join forcesto combine labour, to come together, to uniteRate it:

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pull outTo withdraw; especially of military forces; to retreat.Rate it:

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Quaker gunA nonfunctional imitation of a gun or of a piece of artillery, typically made of wood and usually intended to deceive enemy forces into overestimating one's available firepower.Rate it:

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à brebis tondue Dieu mesure le ventLa providence proportionne nos épreuves à nos forces ; Dieu ne nous envoie pas plus d’épreuves que nous n’en pouvons supporter.Rate it:

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aciem (copias, exercitum) instruere or in acie constituereto draw up forces in battle-order.Rate it:

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armé de pied en capArmed from head to foot, cap-à-pie.Rate it:

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black magicMagic derived from evil forces, as distinct from good or benign forces; or magic performed with the intention of doing harm.Rate it:

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boots on the groundThe ground forces actually fighting in a war or conflict, rather than troops not engaged or other military action such as air strikes.Rate it:

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close ranksto regroup forces, especially when this involves overlooking differences in order to face a challenge or adverse situation. Often implies making a show of unity, especially to the public.Rate it:

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comfort womanA woman forced, or supposedly recruited, into brothels by the Japanese occupation forces during World War II.Rate it:

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copias (arma) cum aliquo iungere or se cum aliquo iungereto join forces with some one.Rate it:

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cum telo esseto be armed.Rate it:

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enemy combatantAny person in an armed conflict who may be properly detained under the laws and customs of war.Rate it:

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expeditus (opp. impeditus) milesa soldier lightly armed, ready for battle.Rate it:

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facts on the groundA euphemism, similar to fait accompli, used as an oblique way of saying that discussions over the possession of a given piece of territory has been rendered moot by the presence of military forces.Rate it:

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fill one's handTo draw one's handgun, especially for an armed confrontation.Rate it:

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fundere hostium copiasto rout the enemy's forces.Rate it:

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hired gunA person who is employed as an armed guard, enforcer, or mercenary and who is prepared to use gunplay or similar violent methods in order to assert the interests of his or her employer.Rate it:

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it's not for us to wonder why, it's for us to do or die!Ask no questions, ponder nothing, hold no reservations, withhold no loyalty; Simply fall-in, join forces, obey my orders, follow through and prepare to make the supreme sacrifice in this horrific challenge!Rate it:

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la goutte d'eau qui fait d%c3%a9border le vaseThe final thing that is too much and forces a reaction; the straw that broke the camel's back.Rate it:

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man-of-warAn armed naval vessel, primarily one armed with cannon and propelled by sails.Rate it:

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Mexican standoffA confrontation between two or more armed parties, neither of which wants to attack first (fearing that the other could retaliate), but neither of which will disarm (for fear the other will attack).Rate it:

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mort aux vachesCri antimilitariste, anarchiste ou communard ; injure lancée aux forces de l’ordre.Rate it:

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pitched battleA hostile engagement involving sustained, full-scale fighting between opposing forces in close combat.Rate it:

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Play Both Ends Against the MiddleTo take advantage by causing two opposing groups stand against each other, dishonestly misusing two forces for the sake of attaining ones selfish purposeRate it:

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res spectat ad vim (arma)there seems a prospect of armed violence; things look like violence.Rate it:

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ride shotgunProbably arose in early-20th-century Western fiction and movies to describe an employee armed with a rifle or shotgun riding next to a stagecoach driver for protection.Rate it:

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say cheeseUsed imperatively to elicit a smile from someone for a photograph by their saying "cheese" (the vowel of which, when pronounced as is usual in English, forces a somewhat smile-shaped mouth).Rate it:

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se recipere (B. G. 7. 20)to withdraw one's forces.Rate it:

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the enemy of your enemy is your friendTwo parties who have an enemy in common should join forces against it.Rate it:

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thread the needleTo find harmony or strike a balance between conflicting forces, interests, etc. Normally used to indicate the difficulty of doing so; also, sarcastically, for a failed attempt.Rate it:

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white magicMagic derived from good or benign forces, as distinct from evil or malevolent forces; or magic performed with the intention of doing good or giving aid.Rate it:

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