old soldier

noun

a former soldier or veteran
an experienced or practised person
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Examples from the Web for old soldier

  • Old-soldier resource and much hard swearing failed to make it a workable vehicle.

    Pushed and the Return Push|George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • But fully sixteen lagging years had dragged by since then; and for the old-soldier element the times were out of joint.

    Old Judge Priest|Irvin S. Cobb
  • There were Pompeius and Corvinus, old-soldier friends with whom he exchanged reminiscences of the hard campaign.

    Horace and His Influence|Grant Showerman