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Definition a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen

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force someone to do something; or subjugate by imposing troops
  • He was one of the dragoons who accompanied Napoleon into Egypt.
dragoons = a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen
  • In this state they set forth with the sharp rain driving in their faces: clattering at a heavy dragoon trot over the uneven town pavement, and out upon the mire-deep roads.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale Of Two Cities
  • His attempt to recruit Irish soldiers captured by the Germans and dragoon them into fighting the British proved a wretched fiasco
    Time Magazine, 1974  --  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,908451-2,00.html (retrieved 09/02/09)
  • Only once did he see a patrol of mounted dragoons.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • "And what bastion is it?" asked a dragoon, with his saber run through a goose which he was taking to be cooked.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Now and then, indeed, where was a big bush of heather, we lay awhile, and panted, and putting aside the leaves, looked back at the dragoons.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • You remember Dr. Bulkeley told us he used to be a captain of the dragoons in Barbados.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • At the Middle Dutch Church they pulled out the pulpit, the pews, and the floorboards and let the horses of the Light Dragoons practice.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • You're an independent dragoon, too!
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • She should have been a general of dragoons herself.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • They simply did not concern her—at least until as his dragooned secretary she began to divine the depth and extent of her father's fiery enthusiasm.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Simply put, I was dragooned.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • New bodyguards, instead of picked from new transportees, were elite convict troops, Federated Nations crack Peace Dragoons.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • It is the bould dragoon, ye mane?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • When I got to Casterbridge Barracks, they said, 'The Eleventh Dragoon-Guards be gone away, and new troops have come.'
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Our infantry were stationed there, and at the farthest point the dragoons.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was an old Colt dragoon with a seven-inch barrel and, as he was fond of saying, weighed about as much as the leg he strapped it to.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • He was fond of saying, "There is a bravery of the priest as well as the bravery of a colonel of dragoons,—only," he added, "ours must be tranquil."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Amused by their terror, the dragoon was making his horse perform volts and pirouettes, backing it into the crowd and making it rear slowly as in a circus turn.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • The Captain had written her notes (the best that the great blundering dragoon could devise and spell; but dulness gets on as well as any other quality with women).
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair

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