dead soldier

noun Slang.
an empty beer, liquor, or wine bottle or empty beer can.

Origin:
1915–20

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dead soldier or dead marine
 
n
informal an empty beer or spirit bottle
 
dead marine or dead marine
 
n

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dead soldier definition


and dead man; dead marine; dead one
  1. n.
    an empty liquor or beer bottle. : Toss your dead soldiers in the garbage, please. , There's a dead one under the bed and another in the fireplace!
  2. n.
    a cigarette butt. (Less common than sense 1.) : The bum found a dead soldier on the ground and picked it up.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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dead soldier

Also, dead man. An empty liquor, wine, or beer bottle, as in Their trash barrel's full of dead soldiers; they must drink a lot, or That dead man sticking out of your pocket alerted the officer to the fact that you'd been drinking. Dead man has been slang for "empty bottle" since the late 1600s but has been largely replaced by dead soldier, dating from the late 1800s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Note the white cloth to the left of the dead soldier's dead.
The name and unit of the dead soldier are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
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