a subordinate, especially one of slight importance.
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How to use underling in a sentence
These changes led to the early retirements of elder yakuza leaders, and many underlings also stepped aside.As Japan’s yakuza mob weakens, former gangsters struggle to find a role outside crime | Michelle Lee, Julia Mio Inuma | October 18, 2021 | Washington Post
It happened to the women who worked for Dan Snyder and his underlings.Tanya Snyder spoke of her own pain. She left out the WFT’s victims. | Barry Svrluga | September 10, 2021 | Washington Post
During the stressful ramp-up of production for the Model 3, for instance, he comes across as raging and unstable, bullying his underlings, willing to fire anyone in sight and blaming others for problems that he himself caused.
It’s the constant threat of activating her temper that keeps her underlings hustling.Flack Is the Most Delectable in a New Wave of Shows About the Workaholics Who Make Hollywood Run | Judy Berman | June 11, 2021 | Time
In 2016, she sent Shen and a pair of her underlings, including current police chief David Nisleit, to Milwaukee to see for themselves how that city was incorporating ShotSpotter into its investigative work.ShotSpotter Devices Will Get More Scrutiny Going Forward | Jesse Marx | March 1, 2021 | Voice of San Diego
Christine is very flirtatious, giggling, caressing, and locking eyes with her ambitious underling.Rachel McAdams Returns to ‘Mean Girls’ Roots With Kinky Bisexual Role in ‘Passion’ | Marlow Stern | October 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
As Stanley was absorbing this information, in walked Whitey, with his underling Kevin Weeks.Whitey Bulger’s Women: Inside the Terror and Glamour of His Ex-Girlfriends | T.J. English | June 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The other possibility is that the smear campaign is the handiwork of an off-the-script underling.
When he had pointed that out to an underling he was off again, and Raf was free to continue his crab's progress.Star Born | Andre Norton
A casually minded Government took no notice of the little incident, which after all only concerned an Armenian underling.The Cradle of Mankind | W.A. Wigram
Persis could not conceivably mate herself for life to a peevish underling like him.What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
Sometimes he is merely an underling, as in the case of the Massachusetts Kiehtan, and his more familiar subordinate, Hobamoc.The Homeric Hymns | Andrew Lang
A huge reward was offered in the hope that it might induce some discontented underling in the band to expose his comrades.The Daughter of Anderson Crow | George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for underling
a subordinate or lackey
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