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Soldiers of Fortune

Chevaliers de l'industrie; men who live by their wits. Referring to those men in mediæval times who let themselves for hire into any army.

“His father was a soldier of fortune, as I am a sailor.” —Sir W Scott: The Antiquary, chap. xx.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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