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[leth -er-nek] /ˈlɛð ərˌnɛk/

noun, Slang.
a U.S. marine.
(slang) a member of the US Marine Corps

“U.S. Marine,” 1914, Navy slang, from leather + neck (n.). So called for the leather collars of their early uniforms; earlier in British use (1890) as a sailor’s term for a soldier.


A US Marine; gyrene

[1914+ Navy; fr the leather collars of their early uniforms; the term is found by 1890 as British sailors’ name for a soldier]


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