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How do they describe in Russian the act of a soldier clicking his heels together, which was very common in the pre-revolutionary Russian army?

For example, how to say in Russian "I saw him click his heels together when the general approached him"?

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  • Notice that this action is rather connected to a sort-of showing off or officers in tsar army, this is in a sense an outdated gesture. – Oleg Lobachev Aug 7 '18 at 21:26
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It's щёлкать/щёлкнуть каблуками.

Я увидел, как он щёлкнул каблуками, когда генерал приблизился (к нему).

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