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    Cool With a capital M

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    Could "somebody with a capital M" mean something? Kind of idiom or the like? I've found it at the following paragraph referring to a mercenary soldier:

    "Lewis is the group's mercenary with a capital M.
    For him, there is no great humanitarian impulse to help Karen or others. He even says, "I'm only here for an ex-wife and three kids." He wants nothing to do with the situation he finds himself in -- especially after his rescue plans go awry."

    Any help, very appreciated.

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    Someone help me, please

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    Default Re: With a capital M

    It's a way of emphasising that being a mercenary is what this person is about, his or her main purpose in life. You could do the same with any similar title - "He is a priest with a capital P", "He is an entrepreneur with a capital E", "She is a mother with a capital M".

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    It serves to emphasise how much of a mercenary he is; he has no feelings for what he is doing, and is only interested in the cash he makes. You can use the expression with anything; a footballer with a capital F would be a special player or one particularly devoted to the sport.

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    Thank You very much to both of you for your kind and helpful attention.

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