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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The 31-year-old actress has once claimed that she would rather do low-salary work in theatre for the rest of her life than accept a role "as a spear carrier in a Tom Cruise movie," but she has apparently forgotten about saying that since she is now co-starring with him in a new film.