A military expression referring to an issue that the speaker wants to address, but recognizes would be too much hassle to deal with. It's a metaphor for realizing that, although you want to defend your "hill" from attack, to do so would be suicidal given the much stronger enemy, and this particular hill isn't so vital that you should give up your life for it, so it's best to just retreat.
- "The Colonel wants to kick off the exercise on Monday, but we're really not going to be ready until at least Tuesday. But that's not a hill I want to die on, so I'm just going to go along with what he wants."
- "Look, I understand you're upset about them demoting Corporal Thompson, and I know you want to go argue his case with the Sergeant Major, but is that really a hill you want to die on?"
"Lance Coolie" is used by US Marines to refer to the Lance Corporal (E-3) rank. The term implies that Lance Corporals are used for menial labor; a play on the term "coolie" applied to Chinese workers.
Damn, I'm stuck stacking ammo cans again? I thought I'd be past this shit when I got promoted, but I guess I'm just a Lance Coolie...
A military term used both literally and metaphorically:
1) To remove the rear pin on an M16 rifle, allowing the rifle to fold open to reveal the internal parts. This is similar to how a double-barrel shotgun folds open for loading.
2) To explain something in a very simple and clear fashion.
3) To bend a standing woman forward for sex.
1) "Take your weapon and break it down shotgun-style for inspection by the armorer."
2) "Look, let me break it down shotgun-style: the colonel thinks your scenario is shit."
3) "As soon as we finish up this op, you can all go home, grab the little lady and break her down shotgun-style."
In the military, a term used to describe someone else's turf/territory (literal or metaphorical), with an implication that the owner is unreasonably defensive about their area.
- "We were gonna run some ops in Task Force Thunder's AO
, but they're all freaked out about us getting all up in their rice bowl, so they cank
ed the whole FRAGO."
- "I had some great ideas about how to fix all these problems with the motor pool, but Sgt Thompson blew them all off because he thinks he owns the whole lot; what a rice-bowling ass-hat
A response, which can be either friendly jibing or hostile, when someone asks you for a cigarette and then immediately asks you for a light. The implication, joking or annoyed, is that person is going to keep asking you for things.
A) Hey chief, can I bum a smoke off you?
B) Sure man, here you go.
A) Oh, and can I get a light too?
B) Damn, dude. You want me to smoke it for you too?
A phrase used to accuse someone of staring at you, often used by Drill Instructors at Marine boot-camp. The point being that if someone does't have a valid reason to stare at you (like you owing them money) then they should stop doing it.
DI: (notices recruit looking at him) Hey recruit, do I owe you money?
Recruit: ... what? Sir, no sir!
DI: They stop frickin' eyeballing me then.
"Lance coconut" is a term used by US Marines to denote a Lance Corporal (E-3 rank). The term comes from the rank insignia worn by the Lance Corporal, which is one chevron (peaked line) with two crossed rifles below it. When seen from a distance, the emblem resembles a peak with two balls below it, vagely resembling coconuts hanging from a palm.
A: Hey, did PFC Thompson actually get promoted this month?
B: Guess so, check out the dude's collar: he's a Lance Coconut now.