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carpet knight

(derogatory) a soldier who spends his life away from battle; idler
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  • She may loudly profess her devotion to the carpet knight so trim.

  • After all, however, his brightest bays were gained in his character as carpet knight.


    Marion Harland
  • His wit and fine person made him to be sought after by those who knew him already, but he was not by nature a carpet knight.

    Francezka Molly Elliot Seawell
  • In a passage of surpassing beauty Fletcher has described the characters of the chivalric and the carpet knight.

  • He was in the 66th Regiment, and had fought in the Crimean War; been wounded, too—no carpet knight.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry

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