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sol·dier / ˈsōljər/ • n. 1. a person who serves in an army. ∎  (also common soldier or private soldier) a private in an army. 2. Entomol. a wingless caste of ant or termite with a large specially modified head and jaws, involved chiefly in defense. • v. [intr.] serve as a soldier: [as n.] (soldiering) soldiering was what the colonel understood. ∎  (soldier on) inf. carry on doggedly; persevere: Gary wasn't enjoying this, but he soldiered on. ∎ inf. work more slowly than one's capacity; loaf or malinger: is it the reason you've been soldiering on the job? DERIVATIVES: sol·dier·ly adj. sol·dier·ship / ship/ n. ( archaic ).

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soldier soldier of fortune a person who works as a soldier for any country or group that will pay them; a mercenary; the term is first recorded in 1661.
what the soldier said isn't evidence proverbial saying, mid 19th century, meaning that hearsay evidence alone cannot be relied on, originally as a reference to Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers, when the judge admonishes Sam Weller, ‘You must not tell us what the soldier, or any other man, said…it's not evidence.’

See also the first duty of a soldier, old soldiers never die, Unknown Soldier at unknown.

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soldier A sterile member, specialized for defence, of an ant or termite colony. The head is usually enlarged, and it or the tip of the abdomen may be used to block entrance holes to the nest (phragmosis).

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soldier A sterile member, specialized for defence, of an ant or termite colony. The head is usually enlarged, and it or the tip of the abdomen may be used to block entrance holes to the nest (phragmosis).

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soldierXIII (sauder, souder, souldeour, etc.). — OF. soud(i)er, saudier, so(l)dier, f. sou(l)de pay :- L. solidus gold coin of imperial times, sb. use of solidus SOLID; see -IER2
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soldier. See brick.

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