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happy warrior

One who remains stalwart and undiscouraged in the face of adversity. The phrase is often applied to politicians who are nominated for higher offices but ultimately are not elected. The other party's candidate is so strong that we need to nominate a happy warrior who can gracefully shoulder the disappointments we may face.
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social justice warrior

A derisive term for someone who supports or upholds very liberal or progressive views on social issues. This phrase typically implies that such a person is overzealous or disingenuous. Often abbreviated SJW. These social justice warriors want to control every aspect of our lives! Betsy used to be pretty moderate in her political views, but she turned into a total social justice warrior in college.
See also: justice, social, warrior

warrior ant

A species of ant that is known to travel in armies and capture other ants. In today's class, we will study the behavior of the warrior ant.
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weekend warrior

Someone who very actively or enthusiastically pursues or engages in some activity or hobby on the weekend, as due to having regular employment or other obligations during the week. Our soccer team is just a bunch of weekend warriors who have jobs and families to look after during the week. I still love video games, but I'm more of a weekend warrior these days.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

weekend warrior

n. a member of the military reserves. I wanted to be a weekend warrior and get some of the educational benefits.
See also: warrior, weekend
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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The other warriors quickly followed their jeddak, leaving Thuvia and Carthoris alone upon the platform.
"But the warriors who stole me from the garden!" she exclaimed.
He saw within the house many a warrior sleeping, a peaceful band together.
Quickly then he seized a warrior and as quickly devoured him.
As Tarzan watched, through narrowed lids, the last of the warriors disappear beyond a turn in the trail, his expression altered to the urge of a newborn thought.
As Tarzan moved silently through the trees he saw the warriors below creeping in a half circle upon the still unsuspecting elephants.
"If I lead my daughters to the doors of the Loups, will the women take them by the hand; and will the warriors smoke with my young men?"
At that moment there appeared in the doorway of the chamber a red warrior with naked sword.
Scarcely had the two craft come together than the frightful apes of Akut rose, growling and barking, from the bottom of the canoe, and, with long, hairy arms far outstretched, grasped the menacing spears from the hands of Kaviri's warriors.
Beneath one of them, a line of warriors issued from the woods, and advanced slowly toward the dwellings.
His powerful tail was raised high to one side, and as he passed close above them he brought it down in one terrific sweep that crushed a green warrior's skull as though it had been an eggshell.
He it was whom Tarzan had left in charge of the warriors who remained to guard Lady Greystoke, nor could a braver or more loyal guardian have been found in any clime or upon any soil.
The fire from the vessels was most ineffectual, owing, as I afterward learned, to the unexpected suddenness of the first volley, which caught the ship's crews entirely unprepared and the sighting apparatus of the guns unprotected from the deadly aim of our warriors.
Treason!" yelled the King, who had been hurled against several of his warriors and was considerably bruised.
The evening was spent in feasting and rejoicing among the relations of the successful warriors; but the sounds of grief and wailing were heard from the hills adjacent to the village -the lamentations of women who had lost some relative in the foray.