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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 spear carriers would be social movements operating in regional and global arenas, as opposed to national ones.
Ibsen has intrigued Bening since she began acting, even though, as she says, "I was never even a spear carrier or anything in a small production anywhere - not that there are spear carriers in Ibsen.
So what are Charlie Peters and many of my fellow spear carriers in the Monthly alumni army so apoplectic about?
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.
Biggest weaknesses are the two spear carriers, and not terribly gory battle sequences.
At one end of the scale, Ballet Folkorico del Pacifico strove to represent ancient Mexican culture in The Night of the Mayans but ended up with a tacky, Vegas-style story of Mayan romance complete with bathing beauties and spear carriers.