Tell that to the marines

Tell that to the marines
Marine Ma*rine", n. [F. marin a sea solider, marine naval economy, a marine picture, fr. L. marinus. See {Marine}, a.] 1. A solider serving on shipboard; a sea soldier; one of a body of troops trained to do duty in the navy. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: A member of the United States Marine Corps, or a similar foreign military force. [PJC]

3. The sum of naval affairs; naval economy; the department of navigation and sea forces; the collective shipping of a country; as, the mercantile marine. [1913 Webster]

4. A picture representing some marine subject. [1913 Webster]

{Tell that to the marines}, an expression of disbelief, the marines being regarded by sailors as credulous. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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