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end man

a man at one end of a row or line.
a man at either end of the line of performers of a minstrel troupe, who plays on the bones or tambourine and carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor.
Origin of end man
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Carey had wanted to be the end man, but Doctor Barnes would have none of it.

    The Indifference of Juliet Grace S. Richmond
  • No such privileges are extended to the end man of a Mule rush.

  • But always in the end man must come back to this moral tragedy of the soul.

    Preaching and Paganism Albert Parker Fitch
  • To this end man must contribute with delight and work with love.

    The Delight Makers

    Adolf Bandelier
  • Keep your eye on the end man—you'll have him splitting his legs if you don't wait for him.

    Jimmie Higgins Upton Sinclair
  • Giant tree-frogs rattled in the foliage as loudly as the end man's "bones" in a minstrel troupe.

  • Jim was the first to arise and he helped up the other "end man," for that was the character the two suggested to each other.

    Frontier Boys in Frisco

    Wyn Roosevelt
  • It isn't the shy and the timid who get the applause; the clown in tinsel and the end man in cork divide easy honors.

  • Then they selected a wise young goose who had been end man the year before, and they made him their leader.

    Tell Me Another Story Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • The end man must have been just on the edge of the beams—half his right side lay twitching on the ground.

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