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section eight

a military discharge for physical or mental unfitness as determined by an Army Regulation in effect from 1922 to 1944.
a soldier receiving such a discharge.
Origin of section eight
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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section eight

noun phrase

  1. A military discharge given for emotional or psychological disability, defective character, or military inaptitude
  2. A crazy or eccentric person; a neurotic; nut

[WWII Army; fr Section VIII, Army Regulation 615-360]

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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