powder monkey


noun

(formerly) a boy employed on warships to carry gunpowder from the magazine to the guns.

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Origin of powder monkey

First recorded in 1675–85
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powder monkey

noun

(formerly) a boy who carried powder from the magazine to the guns on warships
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