foreign legion


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foreign legion

n.
A unit of a nation's army consisting primarily of foreign volunteers, often tasked with fighting wars in colonies.

foreign legion

n
(Military) a body of foreign volunteers serving in an army, esp that of France

for′eign le′gion


n.
a military unit made up of foreign volunteers in the service of a nation.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foreign legion - a military unit composed of foreign volunteers who serve the stateforeign legion - a military unit composed of foreign volunteers who serve the state
legion - a large military unit; "the French Foreign Legion"
French Foreign Legion - a former foreign legion in the French army that was used for military duties outside of France
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Captain Armand Jacot of the Foreign Legion sat upon an outspread saddle blanket at the foot of a stunted palm tree.
This was Commandant O'Brien, of the French Foreign Legion.
A few of his ivory teeth deserted, though the keenest observers of human life were unable to discover to what body they had hitherto belonged, whether to a foreign legion or whether they were indigenous, vegetable or animal; whether age had pulled them from the chevalier's mouth, or whether they were left forgotten in the drawer of his dressing-table.
If it all sounds rather tame in light of his time in the Foreign Legion, Bill is not complaining.
Ranieri has hung his hat on the England midfielder providing the enterprise and style to drive on his foreign legion of big-money stars.
MARCUS ALLBACK has joined Aston Villa's foreign legion who are delighted to see the back of Graham Taylor.
Paul Gascoigne launched an outspoken attack on the Premiership's foreign legion after Saturday's goalless draw with Villa.
A SOLDIER turned away from the Army has been awarded a top honour for his bravery in Afghanistan with the French Foreign Legion.
Thierry, 52, has been a professional painter and sculptor since 1989, following a military career in which he served in the French Foreign Legion and the Belgian para-commandos.
He insists the supernatural thriller - which has been described as a cross between Reservoir Dogs and Piercing the Darkness - is not about his own turbulent life, although he does draw on some of his experiences, including his time as a soldier of fortune in the Spanish Foreign Legion.
Form a select foreign legion of the best and the brightest.
30pm BRASH, crowd-pleasing adventure, starring Burt Lancaster as a Foreign Legion sergeant leading a dangerous mission against tribesmen planning to attack a remote desert fort.

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