a man at one end of a row or line.
a man at either end of the line of performers of a minstrel troupe, who plays on the bones or tambourine and carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor.
When Does Summer Really End?So when the rest and relaxation is shooed away for cooler days and the start of school, it’s easy to forget that the summer season is far from over.
Origin of end man
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for end man
He had joined a minstrel show somewhere and had become an "end-man."Twelve Men|Theodore Dreiser