at the high port

at the high port
a) held with two hands as in "port arms", but carried well above the head. The high port is often the position taught for running (at the double) or charging.

I raced across the desert, rifle above my head at the high-port. A man screamed, and throwing up his hands, rolled head over heels. I jumped over him and kept on running.

b) sticking up; (of hair, etc) standing up at a marked angle

If you mistakenly referred to your rifle as a gun, you found yourself doubling around the parade ground with your rifle in one hand above your head at the high port, and your other hand clutching your balls. As you ran you had to shout: This is my rifle, this is my gun, this is for fighting, this is for fun.

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