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trooper

[troo-per] /ˈtru pər/
noun
1.
a horse-cavalry soldier.
2.
a mounted police officer; a police officer on horseback.
4.
a cavalry horse.
5.
Chiefly British. a troopship.
Idioms
6.
like a trooper, with great energy, enthusiasm, or display:
He swears like a trooper.
Origin of trooper
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; troop + -er1
Can be confused
trooper, trouper.
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  • I believe the soldier swore like a trooper, and it was really quite excusable.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • And as he went a trooper followed him, with orders to track him till daylight.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • McBain signed to the trooper at the rear of the wagon and the man stripped the cover off.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • With obvious disgust he signed again to the trooper to replace the cover.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • On the opposite wall the light of the trooper's lanthorn fell brightly.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for trooper

trooper

/ˈtruːpə/
noun
1.
a soldier in a cavalry regiment
2.
(US & Austral) a mounted policeman
3.
(US) a state policeman
4.
a cavalry horse
5.
(informal, mainly Brit) a troopship
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Word Origin and History for trooper
n.

1630s, "soldier in a cavalry troop," agent noun from troop. Extended to "mounted policeman" (1858, in Australian) then to "state policeman" (U.S.) by 1911.

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Idioms and Phrases with trooper

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