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old soldier

a former soldier or veteran
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
  • I saw an old soldier with one leg yesterday; he was drunk in the street.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • The old soldier ambled up the village street, all shadowy in the dawn, on a gaunt, scissor-hocked pony.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • "He means the old soldier upstairs," said Bobby's mother softly.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • 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
  • It is something to have been an old soldier, but more still to have been a doctor.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "Well, with the French," said the old soldier of the past century, correcting himself.

  • Why should he, an old soldier, sweat at the thought of blood?

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart

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