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leatherneck (n.)

"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) it was a sailor's term for a soldier.

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Definitions of leatherneck from WordNet

leatherneck (n.)
a member of the United States Marine Corps;
Synonyms: Marine / devil dog / shipboard soldier
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