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lifer

Someone who will serve some duty or sentence or in some position for the rest of their life. Typically used in reference to the military or prison. I knew I was a military lifer when I tried to rejoin civilian life and felt completely ill at ease. They try to keep the lifers together, as it tends to cause less friction than having them around men with short sentences. John's a lifer—that guy will work here until he dies.
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lifer

(ˈlɑɪfɚ)
n. someone who is attached to an institution for life, such as a lifetime soldier or a prisoner serving a life sentence. (Prisons and military.) Most of the lifers are kept in this cell block.
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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