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1a person who serves in an army. (also common soldier or private soldier) a private in an army. 2 Entomology a wingless caste of ant or termite with a large specially modified head and jaws, involved chiefly in defense. 3British informal a strip of bread or toast, used for dipping into a soft-boiled egg. [usually as modifier] an upright brick, timber, or other building element.
verb [no object]
serve as a soldier: (as noun soldiering)soldiering was what the colonel understood
) informal carry on doggedly; persevere:Gary wasn’t enjoying this, but he soldiered on
informal work more slowly than one’s capacity; loaf or malinger:is it the reason you’ve been soldiering on the job?