One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An empty bottle, especially a beer bottle.‘he threw the dead marines in the garbage tin’
- ‘If I have any more beer I reckon Helen will crown me with one of these 'dead marines' I'm trying to hide under my chair.’
- ‘"And that's a dead Marine if ever I saw one," chortles Roger in alcoholic mirth, upending the second bottle into Sue's glass.’
- ‘We had filled a dead marine at the family waterhole.’
- ‘At the third I really enjoyed it, and there wasn't any fourth because by then the little bottle was a dead marine.’
- ‘Eventually the dead marine ale bottle would join the wrappers.’
- ‘We sat down to curried bullybeef and potatoes, and a dead marine lay nearby.’
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