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spear carrier

or spear-car·ri·er

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noun
  1. a supernumerary in a theatrical or operatic production, as one of a group of soldiers or a member of a crowd; extra.
  2. any minor member of a group, profession, political party, etc.; subordinate; underling.
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Origin of spear carrier

First recorded in 1950–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

extra, mute, supernumerary

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Historical Examples

  • Louis the Goon Engel was a mere walk-on in the piece, a spear-carrier doomed to death.

    Hooded Detective, Volume III No. 2, January, 1942

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