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dead soldier

noun, Slang.
1.
an empty beer, liquor, or wine bottle or empty beer can.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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Examples from the web for dead soldier
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for dead soldier

dead soldier

noun
1.
(informal) an empty beer or spirit bottle
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Slang definitions & phrases for dead soldier

dead soldier

noun phrase
  1. An empty or emptied bottle, esp a liquor bottle •Dead man in the same sense is attested from 1738 (1913+)
  2. Food or plates of food only partially eaten: on the way to the kitchen with the dead soldiers, or leftovers (1920+)

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Idioms and Phrases with dead soldier

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.
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