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    clipped Marines??

    Hello,

    Pls help, the content is:

    She couldn't help but enjoy being squired through embassy security. Everything first rate: clipped Marines, bulletproof glass, intercoms. And outside, a line of visa seekers winding off around the block.

    What are "the clipped Marines" here?

    Thank you!


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    #2

    Re: clipped Marines??

    Referring to their cropped haircuts.

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    Re: clipped Marines??

    I think the fairly recent film 'Jarhead' was about Marines - or at least servicemen of some kind with that sort of haircut.

    b

    PS Rambling again: This word is quite like the French tÍte now I come to think of it - another idiomatic use of a domestic utensil name (the Latin testa) to refer to the head of a foreign soldier. So many words, so little time....

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    Re: clipped Marines??

    Supposedly Marines got the nickname "jarhead" because their extremely close-cropped haircuts exposed the backs of their necks, so the folds that everyone has there were exposed. The lines in their necks made them look somewhat like the top of a Mason jar without the lid, and a nickname was born.

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