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To troop the colors

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To troop the colors (Mil) in the British army, to perform a ceremony consisting essentially in carrying the colors, accompanied by the band and escort, slowly before the troops drawn up in single file and usually in a hollow square, as in London on the sovereign's birthday.
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Quotations

  • Douglas Macarthur
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    “I see that old flagpole still stands. Have your troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down.”

Usage

In literature:

The troops rode away, the colored boys panting for a chance at the redskins, and Captain Armes more than willing to gratify them.
"Last of the Great Scouts" by Helen Cody Wetmore
A word upon another subject: General Thomas has gone again to the Mississippi Valley, with the view of raising colored troops.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six" by Abraham Lincoln
A word upon another subject: General Thomas has gone again to the Mississippi Valley, with the view of raising colored troops.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Complete" by Abraham Lincoln
The story of the attempt to cut down the pay of the colored troops is too long, too complicated, and too humiliating, to be here narrated.
"Army Life in a Black Regiment" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
As to the value of the services rendered by the colored troops we have only one witness to the contrary.
"The Journal of Negro History, Vol. I. Jan. 1916" by Various
There were some colored troops near by engaged in repairing the roads, and a number of us determined to get up a quartet to sing for the men.
"War in the Garden of Eden" by Kermit Roosevelt
The negro troops were too near their own color to demand much respect from the Indians.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
The British troops in new uniforms, in striking contrast to the worn and faded garb of the colonists, followed the officer with colors furled.
"How the Flag Became Old Glory" by Emma Look Scott
In July, 1862, the first move was made to enlist colored troops in Pennsylvania.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
However, General Weitzel; like thousands of others, changed his mind in regard to the colored troops.
"The Black Phalanx" by Joseph T. Wilson
The troops were to retain their other arms and baggage; to march out with drums beating and colors flying, and return home unmolested.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
Through the months which followed the colored troops looked back to this exploit with pride.
"The Boys of '61" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The empress, with her own hand, embroidered their colors and presented them to the troops.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, v. 3, number 18" by Various
Unable to compete with the Allies in getting colored troops to Europe, Germans planned to revenge themselves in other fields.
"The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy" by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
On the day following, our troops were drawn up, and the colors and arms surrendered to General Whitmore, who took command of the town.
"History of Halifax City" by Thomas B. Akins
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In news:

Using donated yarn and led by artist Diane Bush, they knitted and crocheted 300 vibrantly colored circles, varying in size, and attached them to two 30-foot shade screens, which were affixed to the fencing recently by Boy Scout Troop 238.
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