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trooper

[troo-per] /ˈtru pər/
noun
1.
a horse-cavalry soldier.
2.
a mounted police officer; a police officer on horseback.
4.
a cavalry horse.
5.
Chiefly British. a troopship.
Idioms
6.
like a trooper, with great energy, enthusiasm, or display:
He swears like a trooper.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; troop + -er1
Can be confused
trooper, trouper.
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  • Cushy describes the trooper's dreamed-of easy life there.
  • The soldiers opened their circle to allow the trooper to crack the captured one across the back.
  • They dress in vintage formalwear instead of storm trooper costumes.
  • Another driver then slammed into the pulled-over car, instantly killing the trooper who was standing next to it.
  • We call the roll, up to the name of the missing trooper.
  • In the foreground is a clone trooper that did not actually move.
  • It's easy to see how that little wood sprite went on to study ecology and fashioned himself into an environmental shock trooper.
British Dictionary definitions for trooper

trooper

/ˈtruːpə/
noun
1.
a soldier in a cavalry regiment
2.
(US & Austral) a mounted policeman
3.
(US) a state policeman
4.
a cavalry horse
5.
(informal, mainly Brit) a troopship
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Word Origin and History for trooper
n.

1630s, "soldier in a cavalry troop," agent noun from troop. Extended to "mounted policeman" (1858, in Australian) then to "state policeman" (U.S.) by 1911.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with trooper

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