buck private


plural buck privates
US, informal
: a private in the U.S. Army or Marines
used to stress that a private has the lowest rank in the military
Born in 1921, [author James] Jones turned to writing after an unhappy childhood and a checkered career in World War II, during which he was twice decorated for bravery but also twice demoted to buck private.Mark P. Parillo

Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buck private was in 1882

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“Buck private.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buck%20private. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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