soldier of fortune

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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.
See also: fortune, of, soldier

soldier of fortune

an adventurous person ready to take service under any person or state in return for money; a mercenary.
See also: fortune, of, soldier
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Tucker is an ex-Marine, a combat veteran, and something of a soldier of fortune. His trade is visiting war zones around the globe, insinuating himself at the "point of the spear," and writing about what he sees.