recruiting-sergeant love



from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sergeant deputed to enlist recruits.

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  • noun a sergeant deputized to enlist recruits


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  • Through all these bargains and blessings, the recruiting-sergeant watchfully elbowed his way, a thread of War in the peaceful skein.

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • No one could have been fitter for the duties of a recruiting-sergeant than Jacques Chapeau; and to his great natural talents in that line, he added a patriotic zeal, which he copied from his master.

    La Vend�e

  • In every town where they stopped she wished to examine the corps de garde, if there was one, and once very narrowly missed introducing Waverley to a recruiting-sergeant of his own regiment.


  • That happened in Portsmouth, and then it was inevitable that, hungry and weak, he should be picked up by a marine recruiting-sergeant marching through the streets with a band.

    Hornblower In The West Indies

  • We all know the charming spectacle: peasant youths and maidens, clad in all the wealth of the dramatic wardrobe, are skipping around a Maypole; presently Baptiste and Lisette are discovered kissing behind a pasteboard hedge, and are drawn out with universal laughing, in the midst of which enters the recruiting-sergeant with his squad and whisks off poor Baptiste to the wars.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 12, No. 33, December, 1873

  • Here were these poor recruits, a few weeks since dragged from their native hearths, constrained by regal power to illustrate themselves by the sword -- when their hearts and characters were formed for domestic cares, and those agricultural labours which sweetened their rustic meal, and only trying to evade their direst enemy -- the recruiting-sergeant of Napoleon!

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 570, October 13, 1832

  • The recruiting-sergeant went out into the highways and hedges to collect the fuel for Lord Kitchener's final operation.

    On the Heels of De Wet

  • Jail-bird, pickpocket, thief, drunkard, and loafer, they presented themselves to the recruiting-sergeant, and in due course polluted the uniform which they were not fit to salute from a distance.

    On the Heels of De Wet

  • The birds 'instinctive economy would not be benefited by a tax-gatherer, a recruiting-sergeant, a sect or two of theologians, and the other usual organs of human polity.

    The Life of Reason

  • Lagroin chafed that he must play recruiting-sergeant and general also.

    When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete


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