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How would you explain “at ease” in the context?


The aide of the major cleared his throat. “Ah-ten-shun!” he said, louder this time, but we enjoyed resting in the cool rain and the quiet of the early hour and hardly noticed.
Sterling roused himself, looked over at the LT sleeping soundly, and said, “At ease,” with what little earnestness he could muster.

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Sorry, I posted the wrong quesiton.
My question is:How would you explain “at ease” in the context? Did Sterling want to catch others attention by saying it?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language



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    In the military, "attention" (ah-ten-shun!) is said to make troops stand up straight and in line. "At east" is the opposite and is said to let the troops know they can relax.

    Sterling tells LT "at ease" meaning he can relax. But, of course, LT is already sleeping so he is already "at east".

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