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Dragoon---probably old news, but....

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  • Chris E.
    dragoon (druh-GOON) verb tr. To force someone to do something; coerce. [From French dragon (dragon, to dragoon).] This is a good example of how a term
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      dragoon (druh-GOON) verb tr.

      To force someone to do something; coerce.

      [From French dragon (dragon, to dragoon).]

      This is a good example of how a term transferred from an object to a
      people to an action. Originally it referred to the firearms, either
      from the fact that they breathed fire like a dragon or from the shape
      of the pistol hammer. Eventually it began to be applied to a European
      cavalryman armed with a carbine. Today the term is used in the sense
      of forcing someone to do something against his or her will.

      from a word of the day email I get---one of several

      Chris E
      Hampton, VA
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