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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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One said last night: "We feel we've been reduced to mere chauffeurs and gofers."
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Despite the affront, he is still sending his clueless gofers to Oslo, Norway, later in August for further 'negotiations' with the communist leader!
Rix and Wilkins, who were integral parts of the Chelsea set-up under former boss Gianluca Vialli, were reduced to little more than gofers for the new man in charge.
His gofers' favorite mantra is, he's being taken out of context whenever they sense a public outrage!
The Boy Scouts of the Philippines has been ruled by Binay and his gofers who have been ensconced for decades in its national executive board.
When it became clear that she was not biting, Binay gofers went to town!
Gofers could be working overtime burning and shredding incriminating documents and files-and the Court of Appeals has just given them more time to do that!