marine

[ muh-reen ]
/ məˈrin /
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adjective

noun

Idioms

    dead marine, Australian Slang. an empty bottle of beer or spirits.
    tell it/that to the marines! I don't believe your story; I refuse to be fooled.

Origin of marine

1325–75; Middle English maryne < Middle French marin (feminine marine) < Latin marīnus of the sea, derivative of mare sea; see -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for tell it to the marines

marine

/ (məˈriːn) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

noun

Word Origin for marine

C15: from Old French marin, from Latin marīnus, from mare sea
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Science definitions for tell it to the marines

marine

[ mə-rēn ]

Relating to the sea.
Relating to a system of open-ocean and unprotected coastal habitats, characterized by exposure to wave action, tidal fluctuation, and ocean currents and by the absence of trees, shrubs, or emergent vegetation. Water in the marine system is at or near the full salinity of seawater. Compare lacustrine palustrine riverine.
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Idioms and Phrases with tell it to the marines

tell it to the Marines


Go fool someone else because I won't believe that. For example, He's a millionaire? Tell it to the Marines! This term originated among British sailors, who regarded marines as naive and gullible. [c. 1800]

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