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spear carrier

1. An actor with a minor part in a production. I know you're disappointed to just be a spear carrier in the play, but if you do well in this role, maybe you'll get a bigger one next year.
2. By extension, a subordinate, especially one who has an unimportant role in some group or thing. Adam's just a spear carrier, we can make this decision without him. Have one of those spear carriers get me a cup of coffee!
See also: carrier, spear
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Has commentary ever denounced Pat Buchanan, political descendant of Father Coughlin and spear-carrier for the neoconservatives' favorite President, as he calls for the end of war-crime investigations by the State Department?
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concern is that western Iraq and Syria, which are now both part of a linked insurgency, could easily become a center of jihadi activity, so an intensive effort is underway first to identify and then separate the hard-core elements from the less radicalized spear-carriers before the situation metastasizes after the expected fall of Assad.
Such later twentieth-century British spear-carriers were accorded a surprise appearance.
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