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- n. drill instructor
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a noncommissioned officer whose office it is to instruct soldiers as to their duties, and to train them to military exercises and evolutions.
- n. See under Drill.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Milit., a noncommissioned officer who instructs soldiers in their duties and trains them to military movements.
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My comments on Rudi and Amy’s stories: The typical reality show drill sergeant would have put Rudi and Amy on a treadmill and fed them a restricted-calorie, low-fat diet.
Tej told me later that the Wazir was in capital form, lining out my plan like a drill sergeant and snarling down any hint of opposition, of which there was less than I'd feared.
Rand was on the short side — five-foot-two — and stocky, with the narrow shoulders of a person who couldn't carry much weight and the solid butt and thighs of somebody who could hike a Marine drill sergeant into the ground.
Grizzled and tendony, Haumann looked like the drill sergeant he'd been in the service.