gofer

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gofer

One who completes errands for someone else, typically someone significantly more powerful or important. The word is an alteration of "go for." If you need anything at all, just let me know, and I'll have my gofer get it. I hate that I'm just my boss's gofer—I mean, isn't there something more important I could be doing than running around in search of a very specific pair of black socks?

gopher ball

In baseball, a pitch that the batter hits for a home run. "Gopher" is an alteration of "go for," referring either to the batter "going for" extra bases or home plate, or the ball "going for" a home run. It's 3-2—if he could just hit a gopher ball, he'd tie the game.
See also: ball, gopher

gopher

and gofer (ˈgofɚ)
1. n. someone who goes for things and brings them back. (From go for.) You got a gopher who can go get some coffee?
2. n. a dupe; a pawn; an underling. The guy’s just a gofer. He has no say in anything.

gofer

verb
See gopher

gopher ball

n. a baseball pitch that is hit as a home run. (When it is hit, the batter will go for home.) The center fielder did a dive over the fence trying to get the gopher ball.
See also: ball, gopher
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The movie 'My Week With Marilyn' is being told from the perspective of Colin Clark, who worked as a gofer on the film, reports the Daily Mail.
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He launched his movie career as a gofer on Westerns at Republic in 1939, working his way up to producing the first 26 Allan "Rocky" Lane Westerns beginning in 1947.
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I just do the buying and selling and I'm a gofer now.
A present-day Armenian- Canadian man searches for identity, and the meaning of his terrorist father's death, as he works as a gofer on a movie set about the past horrors of a "forgotten" Armenian genocide.
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Gary Bauer, who at that time had no official position at the White House, actually nothing more than a gofer, was then appointed under secretary of education.
Then he meets an old friend who steers him to a gofer job at Aurora.
As regards that concierge system, sure, it's nice to have a gofer on staff paid to run down and buy subway tokens for employees.
Scared and out of his depth, he is forced to become a gofer for the Corsican kingpin Cesar (Niels Arestrup), who rules the prison from the inside.
I started, really, as a technical support person, a gofer, and overtime began assuming increasing responsibility for new developments in the tri-state area."
The young royal works for Jaguar's Formula One team as a gofer in its public relations department and he earns considerably less than the pounds 6million a year picked up by the team's lead driver Eddie Irvine.