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[uhn-der-strap-er] /ˈʌn dərˌstræp ər/
an underling.
Origin of understrapper
First recorded in 1695-1705; under- + strapper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I have no doubt that some understrapper from the Castle has had some communication with Mr. Sprugeon.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • I heard 'em say after, as he was an understrapper at Jermyn's.

  • "I had heard there was a Johnson who was an understrapper of Jermyn's," said Christian.

  • They should have captured the understrapper early in the day.

    A Fleet in Being Rudyard Kipling
  • What, what, was he to sell himself to be the understrapper of a sweater!

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • Henry, live it like a gentleman and not like an understrapper and bootlicker!

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • They think you have come because you wanted to straighten out a low-down trick worked by an understrapper.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • I thought that old Channing had been at work again, not satisfied with his understrapper's job.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • Through this well-meant blunder of an understrapper those on board the launch had received warning that we were on their track.

  • This was to instruct his understrapper to fill the theatre with a rabble and have her hissed off the stage.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
British Dictionary definitions for understrapper


a less common word for underling
Word Origin
C18: from strap (in the archaic sense: to work hard)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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