- an empty beer, liquor, or wine bottle or empty beer can.
Origin of dead soldier
- informal an empty beer or spirit bottle
Idioms and Phrases with dead soldier
Also, dead man. An empty liquor, wine, or beer bottle, as in Their trash barrel's full of dead soldiers; they must drink a lot, or That dead man sticking out of your pocket alerted the officer to the fact that you'd been drinking. Dead man has been slang for “empty bottle” since the late 1600s but has been largely replaced by dead soldier, dating from the late 1800s.