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dead soldier

noun, Slang.
an empty beer, liquor, or wine bottle or empty beer can.
Origin of dead soldier
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Here he all but stumbled over a dead soldier in a blue uniform.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The dead soldier's eyes were open; they, too, stared through the gun-wheel at the dawn.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • "If you'd rather be a dead soldier, all right," came the ugly response.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks

    H. Irving Hancock
  • It was a diary which the dead soldier had kept from the time he entered the army.

    The Young Lieutenant

    Oliver Optic
  • There was an empty bed, from which a dead soldier had been removed for burial.

    A Sister of the Red Cross Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • It was evident that they had been stolen from some dead soldier.

    A Russian Proprietor Lyof N. Tolstoi
  • Priest and youth are friends by the memory of the dead soldier of the Confederacy.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • I re-addressed it and sent it off to the dead soldier's mother.'

British Dictionary definitions for dead soldier

dead soldier

(informal) an empty beer or spirit bottle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for dead soldier

dead soldier

noun phrase

  1. An empty or emptied bottle, esp a liquor bottle •Dead man in the same sense is attested from 1738 (1913+)
  2. Food or plates of food only partially eaten: on the way to the kitchen with the dead soldiers, or leftovers (1920+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with dead soldier

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.
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