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. He was a slim yet somewhat swaggering figure, clean-shaven, dark-haired, and blue-eyed, and, as seemed natural in an officer of that famous regiment of victorious failures and successful suicides, he had an air at once dashing and melancholy.
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.
"What the devil be this," cried one of the knights, as the main body of the outlaw horde came into view, "the King's army or one of his foreign legions?"
Harthill-born amateur coach Legatte had a successful career at light-welterweight with Broxburn Boxing Club - then joined the French Foreign Legion.
Andy Fletcher meets former Foreign Legion recruit Bill Parris.
EVERTON play hosts to Chelsea's foreign legion at Goodison next Saturday and we have a pair of tickets up for grabs.
SAS troops could go into action with the Foreign Legion under a military pact sealed by David Cameron and French president Nicolas Sarkozy today.
THE Fife foreign legion rolled into town on Saturday and judging by their antics it appeared they had come to audition for a part in Holby City or Casualty.
DUNDEE UNITED boss Alex Smith insists he won't turn his back on home-grown talent - even though there is a growing foreign legion at Tannadice.
A SOLDIER turned away from the Army has been awarded a top honour for his bravery in Afghanistan with the French Foreign Legion.
FREDDIE LJUNGBERG insists Arsenal's foreign legion are pumped up and ready for a north London grudge match with Spurs.

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