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utility man

a worker expected to serve in any capacity when called on.
an actor of miscellaneous small parts.
Baseball. a player who is not a regular and whose value lies in an ability to play several positions.
Origin of utility man
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for utility man
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  • Mrs. Dingley was the leading lady and her husband the utility man.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • “You young gents know wot I mean,” answered the utility man.

    The Putnam Hall Cadets

    Arthur M. Winfield
  • He joined the company in about the middle of that season in which I acted principally as utility man.

    Life on the Stage Clara Morris
  • Then there is the comment of Patrick, our neighbor's utility man: "They know the char-acter you've made with that gun."

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
  • He was the one who was going to pose as secretary, valet or utility man to his future relative-in-law.

    The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Vicente Blasco Ibanez
British Dictionary definitions for utility man

utility man

noun (mainly US)
a worker who is expected to serve in any of several capacities
an actor who plays any of numerous small parts
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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