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torch party

torch party
 n.— «Some of the soldiers were returning for graduations and births of their children, Auer said, but a number of them are part of what’s known as a “torch party.” A torch party clears the way for a larger advance party of about 75 to 100 soldiers, who will work the logistics of bringing the main body of troops home.» —“Return A Step Closer” by Tony Adams Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia) June 5, 2003. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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