Definition of army surplus in US English:

army surplus


  • Goods and equipment that are in excess of the army's requirements.

    as modifier ‘an army surplus store’
    • ‘In the mid-'90s, designers such as Dolce and Gabbana and Chanel took the edgy and youthful styling of army surplus and turned it into high-end garments, which in turn commercialized the former street look.’
    • ‘The hitcher wore a black vest, black army surplus trousers covered in pockets, big black boots and he carried a black leather jacket.’
    • ‘In front of the children were a couple of travellers with half-shaved heads, laceless boots, army surplus shirts and a sleepy lurcher.’
    • ‘That army surplus shop should be open by now and I want to get that gun sooner rather than later.’
    • ‘York people worried about the risk of a chemical or biological attacks on Britain have begun trying to buy gas masks from army surplus stores in York.’
    • ‘Many have spent hundreds of pounds customising their kit from army surplus stores ahead of being deployed to the Middle East.’
    • ‘By the way, while we're on the subject of defence procurement, why is it that every Army surplus shop in the world appears to have rack after rack of German army surplus shirts?’
    • ‘The army surplus store in Plymouth has sold out of 200 gas masks following press panic about biological weapons attacks.’
    • ‘Decked in army surplus attire he attended courses in science and mathematics as an unmatriculated student at the university, eking out a living by coaching overseas students.’
    • ‘The last couple of days before shipping out to the Middle East my step-brother-in-law was traipsing round army surplus stores with some of his colleagues to find some suitable desert clothing.’
    • ‘Before he went back he went to the army surplus shop and bought some kit and boots.’
    • ‘In the center rested a nest of tents, large army surplus numbers that looked similar to the wooden long-houses of the natives lining the valley's opposite side.’
    • ‘It's possible to rummage through army surplus stores then move on to a stall that sells clothes for clubbing.’
    • ‘Paul (who's got a ginger pony tail and always wears army surplus trousers covered in pockets) wanted an apple doughnut.’
    • ‘What is this fascination that teenage boys have with army surplus stores?’
    • ‘Since military action began on Sunday night, army surplus stores have registered an even greater surge in interest than immediately after the terrorist attacks.’
    • ‘Mr Jennings used to own the well-known Mad Mike's army surplus store in Lee Green and owned motorbikes including a red Triumph Thunderbird.’
    • ‘The nurse reached into Tiny's baggy army surplus pants and pulled out a wallet.’
    • ‘George Abbott, director of army surplus suppliers Jay Jays, in Sheffield, said he had sold out of the respirators and had seen a demand for protective suits.’
    • ‘Petrol power became more popular after the First World War when a lot of army surplus vehicles became available.’


army surplus

/ˈɑrmi ˈsərpləs/