old campaigner

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After her turn, which she did this time with the nerve of an old campaigner, the manager returned to the charge; and after saying nice things and being generally nice himself, he came to the point.
Billy the Mule stumped off with the swaggering limp of an old campaigner, as the troop-horse's head came nuzzling into my breast, and I gave him biscuits, while Vixen, who is a most conceited little dog, told him fibs about the scores of horses that she and I kept.
'you are not an old campaigner; you have the world to learn.
"It was damned unfriendly, Mac," said Rawdon, quite overcome; and, covering his face with his hands, he gave way to an emotion, the sight of which caused the tough old campaigner opposite him to wince with sympathy.
"My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were not I can very well see that no apology is needed.
It was hardly an appeal to be successful with one who was an old campaigner as well as an old friend.
And the men who read the despatches off to the audience were old campaigners, who had been to the places and helped to make the vote, and could make appropriate comments: Quincy, Illinois, from 189 to 831--that was where the mayor had arrested a Socialist speaker!
"Everyone from a young age dreams of playing in an Ashes series and to finally get that chance, being quite an old campaigner, I'm certainly excited," he said.
Albion needed a tough old campaigner like Sam Allardyce, Steve Bruce, Neil Warnock and dare I say it, Tony Pulis to battle out of this league.
It was the ultimate compliment from a grizzled old campaigner who played over 70 times for Italy and can't have had many more difficult games than this.
The key question now is whether Nulife can reverse form with last week's second Shake The Bucket, a great old campaigner still maintained in fine shape by the Madden family at the age of 11.
Unlike the Dodo, though, Blatter is a born survivor and holding a Congress in such an idyllic setting could be seen as a typical masterstroke from the old campaigner.