soldier of fortune

a person who independently seeks pleasure, wealth, etc., through adventurous exploits.
a military adventurer, ready to serve anywhere for pay or for pleasure.

1655–65 Unabridged
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soldier of fortune
a man who seeks money or adventure as a soldier; mercenary

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Example sentences
He is a mesmerized soldier of fortune, simultaneously out of it and wary.
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