One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the British armed forces) the second of two bugle calls giving notice of the hour of retiring at night, played also at military funerals and acts of remembrance.‘they stood in silence as eight buglers played the last post’figurative ‘the end of the Cold War heralded the last post for the RAF base’
- ‘Corporal Stephen Pountney played the last post on the bugle and relatives laid wreaths in front of the memorial.’
- ‘After a single bugle player performed the last post a minute's silence was held to remember those who never came home.’
- ‘A bugle blew in the Ruhr on Sunday, sounding the last post for the postwar German model.’
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