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guardhouse lawyer

noun, Military Slang.
a person in military service, especially an inmate of a guardhouse or brig, who is or claims to be an authority on military law, regulations, and soldiers' rights.
Origin of guardhouse lawyer
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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guardhouse lawyer

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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