buck private

noun

Definition of buck private

US, informal
: a private in the U.S. Army or Marines used to stress that a private has the lowest rank in the military He enlisted as a buck private and rose through the ranks to become a general.

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“Buck private.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buck%20private. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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