barrack-room lawyer


barrack-room lawyer
barrack-room lawyer noun
1. An argumentative soldier given to disputing military procedure
2. Hence any insistent but unqualified giver of advice
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Main Entry:barrack

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  • barrack-room lawyer — noun Brit. a person who makes authoritative sounding pronouncements on subjects in which they are not qualified …   English new terms dictionary

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  • barrack — 1. n. & v. n. (usu. in pl., often treated as sing.) 1 a building or building complex used to house soldiers. 2 any building used to accommodate large numbers of people. 3 a large building of a bleak or plain appearance. v.tr. place (soldiers… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • guardhouse lawyer —    American    an opinionated know all and troublemaker    Also known as a barrack room lawyer.    Guard duty involves much tedium, providing fertile ground for bores and agitators. General as well as military use …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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