n. an empty beer or liquor bottle. (See also dead soldier; dead marine. These expressions are probably meant as derogatory to either marines or officer.) : Every now and then the gentle muttering of the customers was accented by the breaking of a marine as it hit the floor. , There's a marine officer laying in the fireplace.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition. Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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