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.
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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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Soldier Of Fortune, the expected mount of Johnny Murtagh, was one of seven left in by O'Brien, who can also call on the services of Dylan Thomas (Kieren Fallon), Yeats, Acapulco, Yellowstone, Archipenko and Red Rock Canyon.
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But I do think that Soldier Of Fortune is very well named, and requires things to go his way.
Look back at the formbook and it will be discovered that the Prix Niel has been the best source of winners for the Arc in recent years - and a few weeks ago, Soldier of Fortune took the race with Zambezi Sun in third place.
Soldier Of Fortune looks an equally powerful contender from the Aidan O'Brien stable.
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The authors ominously note that McVeigh read gun magazines, especially Soldier of Fortune, but omit the fact that Soldier of Fortune, while sharply critical of government conduct at Ruby Ridge and Waco, has published articles debunking militia leaders' reports of foreign troops in the United States and other claims that would tend to create an atmosphere of crisis.
He thereafter pursued careers as a politician, country gentleman, courtier, soldier of fortune, and man of letters, all with moderate distinction.
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If it comes up soft, both Authorized and Soldier of Fortune will be the ones for money and if not, Dylan Thomas will be backed.