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The Idiom Attic - a collection of hundreds of English idioms, each one explained.

"military" idioms...

See also, the Phrase Thesaurus list of phrases that contain the word military

and, a list of phrases that relate in some way the word military

" About face "
Meaning:
1. A military command to turn when on parade. 2. A change from one’s previous position.
Example:
1. Stand to attention! Present arms! About face! 2. Winston Churchill joined parliament as a Conservative and then did an about face and changed to the Liberals, before going about face again and re-joining the Conservatives.
Where did it originate?:
1. USA. 2. British.
Where is it used?:
Both meanings are widely used.
Hear the idiom spoken:
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" Loose cannon "
Meaning:
Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage by being reckless.
Example:
These negotiations with the Chinese are at a critical stage. Keep Jack out of it, he's just the sort of loose cannon that would say the wrong thing and upset them.
Where did it originate?:
Britain. 19th century.
Where is it used?:
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