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.