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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.
See also: dead, soldier
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.
See also: dead, soldier
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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References in classic literature ?
Once the line encountered the body of a dead soldier. He lay upon his back staring at the sky.
"I could have painted a picture of a dead soldier but I wanted to bring it into the public domain.
WALK ON BY...artist Mark McGowan posing as a dead soldier in New Street.
I think the thing that got to me the most was when I discovered a dead soldier who died with a kind of a smile on his face.