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dead soldier

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 an ashtray nearby.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dead soldier

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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

dead soldier

and 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.
See also: dead, soldier
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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He inspected the insignia upon their uniforms and saw that they were not the same as that which he had taken from one of the dead soldiers at the bungalow and then he passed on ahead of them, unseen in the dense bush.
I cannot resist saying that few finer sights can have been seen in history than the last stand of this extraordinary regiment; wounded officers picking up the rifles of dead soldiers, and the general himself facing us on horseback bareheaded and with a broken sword.' On what happened to the general afterwards Olivier is as silent as Captain Keith."
The priest, bending over him, unclasped the chain and removed it from the dead soldier's neck.
Once the line encountered the body of a dead soldier. He lay upon his back staring at the sky.
The congregation made way respectfully for those sobbing girls clothed in deep black, and pitied the stern old father seated opposite the memorial of the dead soldier. "Will he forgive Mrs.
They were welcomed by the Mayor of HadA3/4ici Hamdo Ejubovic with his assistants at the central memorial to the martyrs and dead soldiers where flowers were laid.
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Monfort said the identities of the dead soldiers could not be revealed as they were still informing their families.
It is a day that dead soldiers are literally brought back to life and redecorated.
Earlier on Thursday, the Nigerian senate suspended its session in honor of what it said were 44 dead soldiers after an attack in Metele in the Northeastern state of Borno on Sunday.
Jumabekov also handed financial aid to the families of the dead soldiers. Meeting participants hold a moment of silence as a tribute to the memory of the dead soldiers.
LISBON, Portugal, Rajab 19, 1437, April 26, 2016, SPA -- Media reports in the Cape Verde islands off West Africa say police there have found eight dead soldiers and three dead civilians at a military barracks, according to AP.
One of the dead soldiers was found "incinerated and dismembered because of the attack," according to the statement.