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an officer commissioned in a branch of the armed forces after an unusually short training period, especially after a three-months officers' training course during World War II.
An Americanism dating back to
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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An Army or Navy officer commissioned after a three-month course at an officer candidate school
Any very youthful officer
A reserve officer put on active status after three months of training
Any person doing a job with minimal training •Usu used sarcastically
: They sent us another ninety-day wonder to run the department
[WWI armed forces; based on nine-days' wonder]
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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