arms reversed

arms reversed

visual symbol of grieving. [Heraldry: Jobes, 128]
See: Grief
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First along the dusty road came the infantry in ranks, bareheaded and with arms reversed. From behind them came the sound of church singing.
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.