like a trooper

trooper

[troo-per]
noun
1.
a horse-cavalry soldier.
2.
a mounted police officer; a police officer on horseback.
4.
a cavalry horse.
5.
Chiefly British. a troopship.
Idioms
6.
like a trooper, with great energy, enthusiasm, or display: He swears like a trooper.

Origin:
1630–40; troop + -er1

trooper, trouper.
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trooper (ˈtruːpə)
 
n
1.  a soldier in a cavalry regiment
2.  (US), (Austral) a mounted policeman
3.  (US) a state policeman
4.  a cavalry horse
5.  informal chiefly (Brit) a troopship

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