five-nine

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five-nine (plural five-nines)

  1. (historical) A 5.9-inch artillery shell of the kind used by Germany in World War I.
    • 1917: Wilfred Owen, Dulce Et Decorum Est
      All went lame; all blind; / Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots / Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.