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powder boy

powder monkey (def 1).
Origin of powder boy
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • For all these, we feel deeply interested; $10 each would not be enough for the "powder boy."

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • He was born a slave, was a privateer "powder boy" in the war of 1812, and was taken to Halifax as a prisoner.

    The Black Phalanx Joseph T. Wilson
  • When the order had been given to strip for action a powder boy lost his coat overboard.

    The Hero of Manila Rossiter Johnson

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