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utility man

noun

  1. a worker expected to serve in any capacity when called on.
  2. an actor of miscellaneous small parts.
  3. Baseball. a player who is not a regular and whose value lies in an ability to play several positions.


utility man

noun

  1. a worker who is expected to serve in any of several capacities
  2. an actor who plays any of numerous small parts


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Word History and Origins

Origin of utility man1

First recorded in 1850–55
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Example Sentences

Josh Harrison, the club’s veteran utility man, has 214 career starts at third and could slide in.

"Here's the cord," and he led the general utility man to the hole and helped him to get down.

In the meantime a message was sent to the general utility man that he was wanted at the top of the hill at once.

"I shan't never come out to this hill again, not fer nobody," grumbled the general utility man, and walked off.

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

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

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