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To troop the colours

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To troop the colours (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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Usage

In literature:

To your companies, and mind that ye raise your swords to the salute while the colours of each troop go by.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The argument of the irregular troops of controversy, stripped of its colours, and turned out naked to the view, is no more than this.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6" by Samuel Johnson
The Indian and Coloured troops amounted to 1,524,000.
"Fields of Victory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The archduke Charles at Aspern (1809) led his young troops to the last assault with a colour in his hand.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
The troops should march out with arms and colours, and should have safe escort through the French lines to Douai.
"Malplaquet" by Hilaire Belloc
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