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the part of a military force composed of troops that serve on horseback.
mounted soldiers collectively.
the motorized, armored units of a military force organized for maximum mobility.

horsemen, horses, etc., collectively.
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noun (pl) -ries
(esp formerly) the part of an army composed of mounted troops
the armoured element of a modern army
(as modifier): a cavalry unit, a cavalry charge

1540s, from Middle French cavalerie (16c.), from Italian cavalleria “mounted militia,” from cavaliere (see cavalier (n.)). An Old English word for it was horshere.


Last-minute rescue forces; a deus ex machina: Powell likened the Somalia operation to ”the cavalry coming to the rescue”/ not the time for a President who avoided the draft to call up the cavalry/ Democrats hear hoofbeats—the cavalry’s arrival, in the nick of time

[1980s+; fr the numerous cases in cowboy movies when the US Cavalry would arrive to rescue various beleaguered persons]


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