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old soldier

noun
1.
a former soldier or veteran
2.
an experienced or practised person
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  • Dick knew Captain Handlee as an old soldier, who lived in a tumble-down house on the outskirts of the village.

    Dick Hamilton's Cadet Days Howard R. Garis
  • "Later, Sir Oliver," answered the old soldier, wiping his grimed face.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The old soldier ambled up the village street, all shadowy in the dawn, on a gaunt, scissor-hocked pony.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • No, no, none of your handshaking; you don't get past an old soldier in that way.

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • General Chass, an old soldier of the Empire, who had lived there for some years, was in command of the troops in the citadel.

    Belgium George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
  • I am an old soldier, a tough fighting man, and you are two raw lads.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "Well, with the French," said the old soldier of the past century, correcting himself.

  • "Never," said Frank, still gazing with admiration at the old soldier.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever

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