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1A member of any of several cavalry regiments in the British army.
cavalryman, mounted soldier, horse soldier, cavalier, knight, chevalierView synonyms
- ‘Like other forms of body armour, metal helmets were generally abandoned in Latin Europe around 1660, but were revived around 1810 for units of heavy cavalry and dragoons, and are still worn by such units on formal occasions.’
- ‘In 1705 this number was readjusted to four dragoons.’
- ‘In fact, the lancers were a minority of those who charged: only one regiment of lancers, but two each of hussars and light dragoons.’
- ‘Cavalry was essential to pursue the hard-riding Indians - at first, a full regiment of dragoons was drummed to the colors, and then a second regiment.’
- ‘We have recently added a troop of dragoons to the regiment.’
- ‘Born in Hereford, the third of seven children of Peter Garrick and Arabella Clough, he returned with his family to Lichfield where his father was stationed with the dragoons, and where he received his early education.’
- ‘In the original battle on December 5 1642 Royalist Lord Henry Wilmot and Lord Digby led a troop of dragoons in a daring attack on the town.’
- ‘Without stopping, as soon as the sun rose Banastre Tarleton ordered his unrested Legion and dragoons to charge into the American militia in the center.’
- ‘While a system of barracks relieved the villagers of having to lodge the dragoons in their houses, the obligation to transport provisions using their own animals at times when they were needed in the fields was burdensome.’
- ‘Initially the male population was required to supply labor services for defensive works at the isthmus of Corinth while inhabitants of the villages were also required to supply lodging and provisions for the dragoons.’
- ‘One of these dragoons is John Loveday, the trumpet-major, the gentle, unassuming son of the miller.’
- ‘Fired on by guns from both flanks and to the front, he and a few dragoons reached the Russian line before retreating.’
- ‘But Kent was in a dragoon regiment and the half jacket you wear is typical for hussar uniforms.’
- ‘She affects Victorian-melodrama attitudes, tromps about like a regiment of dragoons, utters horror-film laughs, and spits out a goodly number of her lines.’
- ‘It is possible that the red uniforms of several British dragoons may have been glimpsed on Novikov's estate.’
- ‘It is a painting I often have in mind when I write about my dragoons.’
- ‘From the calibre of those we recover we can tell whether they were fired by musketeers, cavalry, dragoons or possibly, from the surface damage on them, as ‘case-shot’ from artillery pieces.’
- ‘Then the dragoons came under fire from a German battalion mounted on bicycles.’
- ‘Jefferson had himself been hunted like an animal by British dragoons.’
- ‘The commander of the dragoons was court-martialled, and shot himself.’
- 1.1historical A mounted infantryman armed with a carbine.
- ‘Cavalry forces evolved into four categories throughout the ages: the cuirassier or heavy cavalryman, the lancer, the dragoon or mounted infantryman, and the light cavalry.’
- ‘In an unwary moment, French dragoons come so very narrowly to causing Wellesley great harm, prevented only by the heroic efforts of Sergeant Richard Sharpe.’
- ‘Nine uniformed dragoons are standing around with the figure that is probably the architect, in frock coat and top hat concentrating on a drawing board.’
- ‘The Patriot delivers in the form of Colonel William Tavington of the green dragoons.’
- ‘This small force consisted of a troop of dragoons in front, an advance guard of light infantry, a few artillery batteries, and several infantry regiments in the rear.’
Coerce (someone) into doing something.‘she had been dragooned into helping with the housework’
coerce, pressure, pressurize, bring pressure to bear on, use pressure on, put pressure on, constrain, lean on, press, pushView synonyms
- ‘So at the risk of being dragooned into the ranks of the lynch mob, I'll add that the simplest reason he inspires so much derision is that he dishes it out himself in spades with a supremely self satisfied and moralistic air.’
- ‘Once upon a time my Sunday school teacher dragooned me into a little kiddie choir that performed ‘Away in A Manger’ during the Christmas cantata.’
- ‘Before setting off to Dancewear in Glasgow to buy my first set of pumps, however, I was dragooned by the man to take part in a hateful five-a-side.’
- ‘However, it is almost certain he and other top officials will spend the summer attempting to dragoon local officials and businessmen into slowing development.’
- ‘Yes, and dragooning young people into the rebel army, but that was a matter which had been argued before the Tribunal.’
- ‘It doesn't try to load each episode with winky references for the adult who's been dragooned into watching it; instead, it just tells short clever stories anyone can enjoy.’
- ‘When we were dragooned by the southern hemisphere into the professional era, nobody thought too much about the longer-term consequences.’
- ‘If I were dragooned tomorrow into teaching Western civ, I would raise my hand for the second semester, from Torquemada to Hitler.’
- ‘The politically innocent Dave is dragooned into impersonating the real president, in order to hide the truth from the public.’
- ‘Along with the awful band at the next wedding or Bar Mitzvah you're dragooned into.’
- ‘The whips who failed miserably to dragoon the rebels through the ‘No’ lobby on Wednesday wearily admit that a mass revolt by more than a third of backbenchers cannot be passed off as a mere blip.’
- ‘The world of fantasy did fill her childhood - she wrote books and plays and dragooned her younger brother Roger into playing assorted parts.’
- ‘A subject race, dragooned by force for centuries, has shaken off the last of its shackles.’
- ‘After sitting through the tedious mutualisation vote, he was dragooned by the bossy PR woman from during the question time session for group managing director.’
- ‘So Saturday last weekend I was dragooned into being a judge at a local school's speech contest.’
- ‘He had masterminded the enterprise, dragooning his employees to participate in the crime, he said.’
- ‘What they need help with is mostly serving meals and answering phones - they aren't dragooning people into serving on bucket brigades.’
- ‘As she traced the zipper outline of the case, she explained to Brian, ‘There's a party tonight, and I was dragooned into going.’’
- ‘When members of the general public - for lack of a more inclusive term, let's call them ‘voters’ - are dragooned into election politics, with or without their consent, the result is usually as unpredictable as it is unedifying.’
- ‘What's more, he and his crew appear to have dragooned the press into service as disseminators of propaganda and apologists for the failures of administration policy that the government hasn't been able to sidestep.’
Early 17th century (denoting a kind of carbine or musket, thought of as breathing fire): from French dragon ‘dragon’.
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