Definition of Buck private

1. Noun. An enlisted man of the lowest rank in the Army or Marines. "Our prisoner was just a private and knew nothing of value"

Exact synonyms: Common Soldier, Private
Generic synonyms: Enlisted Man

Definition of Buck private

1. Noun. (US military slang) A private soldier keen ("bucking") for promotion; an ambitious private. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Buck Private

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Literary usage of Buck private

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. What the "boys" Did Overthere: By "themselves" / Ed. by Henry L. Fox by Themselves, Henry L. Fox, N. L. Forrestal (1919)
"I'm just a plain buck private, And fought on the side of right, To serve the world for democracy, And beat the Hunnish might. I'm just a plain buck private, ..."

2. A National Register of the Society, Sons of the American Revolution by Sons of the American Revolution (1902)
"Son of George Washington and Adaline (Everett) Buck; grandson of Asahel and Phebe Buck; great- grandson of Elijah Buck, private Conn. Troops. ..."

3. A History of Norwich, Vermont by Merritt Elton Goddard, Henry Villiers Partridge (1905)
"Private; Elijah Brownson, Private; Daniel Buck, Private, lost an arm at Bennington, 1777; Elijah Burnap, Private; Jacob Burnap, Private, died in the army of ..."

4. Sunset by Southern Pacific Company, Southern Pacific Company. Passenger Dept (1910)
"... bully of a buck private in the regiment wouldn't a-looked sidewise at her, any more'n he'd a-dared to eye the colonel's wife herself. ..."

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