leather neck

leatherneck

[leth-er-nek]
noun Slang.
a U.S. marine.

Origin:
1910–15; from the leather-lined collar which was formerly part of the uniform

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leatherneck (ˈlɛðəˌnɛk)
 
n
slang a member of the US Marine Corps
 
[from the custom of facing the neckband of their uniform with leather]

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