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spear carrier

or spear-carrier

a supernumerary in a theatrical or operatic production, as one of a group of soldiers or a member of a crowd; extra.
any minor member of a group, profession, political party, etc.; subordinate; underling.
Origin of spear carrier
First recorded in 1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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spear carrier

noun phrase

An unimportant participant; supernumerary: What helped me most was having been a catcher and a ''spear carrier'' definitely not a star/ like last-minute walk-ons in the closing scene, spear-carriers in Valhalla

[1960+; fr the persons who appear on stage, esp in operas, as soldiers in the background]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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