old soldier

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old soldier (plural old soldiers)

  1. A former soldier, or one who has served for a long time. [from 17th c.]
  2. Someone with a lot of experience in something; an old hand. [from 18th c.]
  3. (US, slang) The butt of a smoked cigar, or an empty bottle of liquor. [from 19th c.]
  4. (slang) A bottle whose contents are drunk at a single sitting.


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