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soldier of fortune
1. A soldier who serves the person or organization paying them, rather than their country; a mercenary. Although the nation only had a small population, it boosted the size of its army by hiring soldiers of fortune.
2. A person who seeks adventure or military engagement for money, pleasure, or fame. The novel depicts a soldier of fortune who risks his life for notoriety.
To continue doing something with determination or resolve, despite difficulties or an unlikely chance of succeeding. Though our funding was cut, we decided to soldier on with our work and try to finish the project on our own. Even though they were down by an insurmountable number of goals, you have to admire how they just kept soldiering on.
blow this/that for a game of soldiers
slang A phrase used to dismiss something because it seems too taxing. Well, blow that for a game of soldiers. I'll just return the book tomorrow instead of going out in a snowstorm today.
sod this/that for a game of soldiers
rude slang A phrase used to dismiss something because it seems too taxing. Well, sod that for a game of soldiers. I'll just return the book tomorrow instead of going out in a snowstorm today.
come the old soldier
To attempt to mislead someone or avoid doing something by using one's age as an excuse. Oh, Grandpa, I know you're strong enough to help move these boxes—don't come the old soldier with me!
1. An empty bottle from an alcoholic beverage. The yard was littered with dead soldiers the morning after that wild party.
2. A cigarette butt. I was annoyed to find some dead soldiers on the ground, even though there was ashtray nearby.
obsolete A person who is experienced in the ways of the world, especially one who is shrewd or cunning as a result. My uncle was a crafty old soldier, always looking for someway to get rich quick. You're never going to convince an old soldier like her to give you extra time off—she's been around the block and has seen the likes of you before, I can tell you that much!
Also, dead man. An empty liquor, wine, or beer bottle, as in Their trash barrel's full of dead soldiers; they must drink a lot, or That dead man sticking out of your pocket alerted the officer to the fact that you'd been drinking. Dead man has been slang for "empty bottle" since the late 1600s but has been largely replaced by dead soldier, dating from the late 1800s.
come (or play) the old soldieruse your greater age or experience of life to deceive someone or to shirk a duty. informal
In US nautical slang a soldier or an old soldier was an incompetent seaman.
soldier of fortunean adventurous person ready to take service under any person or state in return for money; a mercenary.
blow/sodtaboo ˈthis/ˈthat for a game of soldiers(British English, slang) used by somebody who does not want to do something because it is annoying or involves too much effort: After waiting for twenty minutes more, he thought ‘sod this for a game of soldiers’, and left.
dead soldierand dead man and dead marine and dead one
1. n. an empty liquor or beer bottle. Toss your dead soldiers in the garbage, please. There’s a dead one under the bed and another in the fireplace!
2. n. a cigarette butt. (Less common than sense 1) The bum found a dead soldier on the ground and picked it up.
1. n. a cigarette or cigar butt; a hunk of tobacco. The tramp bent over to pick up an old soldier off the pavement.
2. n. an empty liquor bottle; an empty beer bottle or can. Larry hid all his old soldiers under the bed.
1. n. a liquor bottle; an empty liquor bottle. (see also dead soldier.) Toss your soldier into the garbage, please.
2. n. a whole tobacco cigarette. The old man almost fell over trying to pick up the soldier from the sidewalk.
n. a cap to cover a hairdo. The mugger was wearing a soldier rag and threatened me with a gun.