arms reversed

arms reversed

visual symbol of grieving. [Heraldry: Jobes, 128]
See: Grief
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Their heads bowed and arms reversed, motionless for a long time.
Soldiers standing on the church steps lowered their guns in a Rest on the Arms Reversed ceremony.
As it entered the graveyard an Escort Party of 30 of Declan and Jonathon's comrades, all wearing black armbands, lined the entrance at the position of arms reversed - the traditional military salute to the dead.