- a person who helps carry a stretcher, as in removing wounded from a battlefield.
Origin of stretcher-bearer
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for stretcher-bearer
They carry it like a stretcher, though they're missing one stretcher-bearer.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
And he fetches a small sandbag and gives it to the stretcher-bearer.
The stretcher-bearer flushed and shuffled his feet awkwardly.A Lively Bit of the Front
Percy F. Westerman
The stretcher-bearer told me that he had five bullet-holes in him.
Afterwards I learned the stretcher-bearer, by his action, had saved my life.
These sketches by a stretcher-bearer are extraordinarily clear and actual.A Kut Prisoner
H. C. W. Bishop
- a person who helps to carry a stretcher, esp in wartime
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