old soldier

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old soldier

n
1. (Military) a former soldier or veteran
2. an experienced or practised person
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Hunt was not accustomed to the management of "voyageurs," and he had a crew admirably disposed to play the old soldier, and balk their work; and ever ready to come to a halt, land, make a fire, put on the great pot, and smoke, and gossip, and sing by the hour.
I could play the old soldier and just harp on about how we are taking one game at a time,' said Young.
I could play the old soldier and just talk about taking every game as it comes.