foreign legion

noun
1.
a military unit consisting of foreign volunteers in the service of a state.
2.
(initial capital letters) a specialized military unit of the French army, consisting of volunteers of all nationalities assigned to military operations and duties outside France.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

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foreign legion
 
n
a body of foreign volunteers serving in an army, esp that of France

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