come the old soldier(redirected from coming the old soldier)
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come the old soldier
To use one's age as a way to mislead someone or avoid doing something. Oh, Grandpa, I know you're strong enough to help move these boxes—don't come the old soldier with me!
come (or play) the old soldieruse your greater age or experience of life to deceive someone or to shirk a duty. informal
In US nautical slang a soldier or an old soldier was an incompetent seaman.