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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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