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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

spear out

1. To pierce through and emerge out of someone or something like a spear. The sharpened stake drove into the poor animal's belly and speared out its back. The fighter jet came spearing out of the clouds with incredible speed.
2. To pierce something with something long and sharp and pluck it out (of something else). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spear" and "out." I sharpened a long stick and speared the fish out of the pool of water. She used a shish kebab skewer to spear out the last olive from the jar.
See also: out, spear
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

spear something out (of something)

to bring something forth from something by sticking it with something sharp and pulling. Richard spears pickles right out of the jar with a fork. He speared out a pickle.
See also: out, spear

take the spear (in one's chest)

Sl. to accept full blame for something; to accept the full brunt of the punishment for something. The CFO got the short straw and had to take the spear in his chest. I sure didn't want to take the spear.
See also: spear, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take the spear (in one’s chest)

tv. to accept full blame for something; to accept the full brunt of the punishment for something. The admiral got the short straw and had to take the spear in his chest.
See also: chest, spear, take

take the spear

verb
See also: spear, take
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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