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olive drab

noun, plural olive drabs for 3.
a deep olive color.
woolen cloth of this color, used especially for U.S. Army uniforms.
a military uniform made from this cloth.
Origin of olive drab
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He watched the irregular files of men in olive-drab shambling by.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • When he was all dressed in his olive-drab she still could not let him go.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • The captain came in, brushing snow from his olive-drab uniform.

    Whispering Wires Henry Leverage
  • When last seen he was close on the heels of the man in olive-drab.

    Whispering Wires Henry Leverage
  • A wide bed without coverings, where a man in olive-drab slept rolled in a blanket, was the only furniture of the room.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • The longshoreman placed the books atop the olive-drab hat, crushing it flat with their weight.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • The uniform he wore under the benny was olive-drab with bars on his shoulder.

    Whispering Wires Henry Leverage
  • The negro undid the valise and took out the olive-drab khaki field uniform.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • He was a young officer, and they sat under his olive-drab blanket, on a life-raft bench athwartship.

    The U-boat hunters James B. Connolly
  • He looked anything but a brute in his olive-drab uniform, campaign hat and shining sword.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
British Dictionary definitions for olive-drab

olive drab

noun (US)
  1. a dull but fairly strong greyish-olive colour
  2. (as adjective): an olive-drab jacket
cloth or clothes in this colour, esp the uniform of the US Army OD
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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