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soldier of fortune

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noun
  1. a person who independently seeks pleasure, wealth, etc., through adventurous exploits.
  2. a military adventurer, ready to serve anywhere for pay or for pleasure.

Origin of soldier of fortune

First recorded in 1655–65
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British Dictionary definitions for soldier of fortune

soldier of fortune

noun
  1. a man who seeks money or adventure as a soldier; mercenary
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