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knee-deep navy

A humorous, typically derogatory nickname for the United States Coast Guard (in contrast with the US Navy). Primarily heard in US. My uncle, a former Navy SEAL, never hesitates to mock me for joining the knee-deep navy instead of a "real" branch of the military. We tease them for being our knee-deep navy, but the Coast Guard plays a pivotal role in keeping our country and its people safe.

knee-deep navy

n. the U.S. Coast Guard. (Jocular and derogatory.) Join the knee-deep navy and see the beach!
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When he appeared, I gave him a message to the secretary of the navy, to whom all vessels in service on thirty and one hundred seventy-five report direct.
I knew that no more loyal officer wore the uniform of the navy. I knew that I was a good officer and sailor, and I didn't propose submitting to degradation and discharge because a lot of old, preglacial fossils had declared over two hundred years before that no man should cross thirty.
I had put him in charge of this work, since he always had been accounted one of the best gravitation-screen men in the navy. He had invented several of the improvements that are incorporated in the later models of these generators, and I am convinced that he knows more concerning both the theory and the practice of screening gravitation than any living Pan-American.
The park would be open to him of course, and few navy officers, or men of any other description, can have had such a range; but what restrictions I might impose on the use of the pleasure-grounds, is another thing.
"The navy, I think, who have done so much for us, have at least an equal claim with any other set of men, for all the comforts and all the privileges which any home can give.
A man is in greater danger in the navy of being insulted by the rise of one whose father, his father might have disdained to speak to, and of becoming prematurely an object of disgust himself, than in any other line.
Carthoris, too, loyal son of Helium that he was, felt that even his beloved navy might not be able to cope successfully with the combined forces of three great powers.
The "navy" was some forty feet in length by ten feet beam.
I wanted her christened the Perry in honor both of her designer and that other great naval genius of another world, Captain Oliver Hazard Perry, of the United States Navy. But Perry was too modest; he wouldn't hear of it.
Grant had chosen, he would have taken a--not a good temper into it; and as he must, either in the navy or army, have had a great many more people under his command than he has now, I think more would have been made unhappy by him as a sailor or soldier than as a clergyman.
Then I had been an unknown wanderer upon a strange planet, and he a simple padwar in the navy of Helium.
As we descended in great circles toward the navy docks a mighty multitude could be seen surging in the streets beneath.
I suspected at once that he was a naval officer; I don't know why, but it is difficult to mistake a navy man.
Just then the dinner-bell rang, and I was not sorry, for it is a dreadful thing to have to listen to an officer of the Royal Navy when he gets on to that subject.
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