Definition of tin soldier in US English:

tin soldier

noun

  • A toy soldier made of metal.

    • ‘It is an example of what happens when war is left to men who still play with tin soldiers and believe in the romantic adventures they read as youths.’
    • ‘But what he called the military industrial complex in 1961 would look like a toy army of tin soldiers from today's perspective.’
    • ‘She sent out battalion after battalion of her finest guard to fight the invaders, yet they were knocked down as easily as tin soldiers.’
    • ‘The rest of the day, he lets various boys whitewash in exchange for valuables: a kite, a dead rat, a key, a tin soldier, and other things.’
    • ‘They marveled at the colored balls, miniature horses, sparkly gold and silver bells, toy drums, tin soldiers, and replicas of musical instruments.’
    • ‘Its platoon of battle-ready pundits attacks fiercely, with the confidence of small boys playing tin soldiers on Mummy's carpet.’
    • ‘I used the corridor as a battlefield and brought my tin soldiers from downstairs to form an army to face the advancing horsemen.’
    • ‘The 16-year-old witness said the boy told him during a playground ball game of tin soldiers: ‘I done it - I was there.’’
    • ‘The wreck was broken up but the old boiler was still visible and if you sifted through the sand you could pick up old crockery and tin soldiers and rather oddly, old reels of cinema film.’
    • ‘He reached into his pocket and took out the tin soldiers there.’
    • ‘It was because his head and neck were the same width and thus he looked like he had the head of a tin soldier.’
    • ‘And there was the cat sitting beside the hearth playing with tin soldiers and a toy cannon.’
    • ‘How tedious to have them all laid out like tin soldiers!’
    • ‘Finally, they rested on the left, which opened immediately to reveal a tiny tin soldier.’
    • ‘Then, after the war, increasing affluence brought more toys for children - tin soldiers, tops, and dolls made of an exciting new material called plastic.’
    • ‘Already, in the best Nine Days Of Zweibelmas tradition, I have given him a set of one thousand German tin soldiers and a brass mechanical-bank in the playful and winsome shape of John Jacob Astor.’

Pronunciation

tin soldier

/tin ˈsōljər/