spear carrier

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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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I was working in Nova Scotia and it was a case of going from playing lead roles to being the spear carrier again.
He doesn't quite know what to make of the spear carrier, but soon adopts the idea of coaching her as she pursues her dream.
30 Saint-Cloud 1m G1 RUK/ATR Card page 26 LEARN, having been among the spear carriers behind the impressive Camelot in the Racing Post Trophy, today assumes the main role as Aidan O'Brien goes in search of a hat-trick in the EUR250,000 Group 1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud.
Next came a spell with the Royal Shakespeare Company: "I was one of the spear carriers, " quips Gaddas.
The spear carriers would be social movements operating in regional and global arenas, as opposed to national ones.
A supporting cast and walk-ons, presidents, prime ministers, politicians, diplomats, local citizens, and the spear carriers of America's march to the Pacific, fill out each scene.