- a convict or prisoner.
- an army recruit.
- a soldier confined to camp and assigned to cleaning the grounds or other menial tasks as punishment for violation of the rules.
Origin of yardbird
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- US military an inexperienced, untrained, or clumsy soldier, esp one employed on menial duties
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Word Origin and History for yardbird
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