One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To retrain (a soldier) in military exercises or the use of arms. Also in extended use, and without object with passive meaning.
2with object To drill a new hole in (a thing); to drill (a hole) again.
with object To drill (crops or ground) again in the same season. Also without object. Compare "drill".
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Rules & Regulations for Formations His Majesty’ s Forces. From re- + drill<br>mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Caledonian Mercury. From re- + drill.
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