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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

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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He knew he could not escape recognition, his face was too well known, but, he trusted, for the sake of Spear, the reporters would make no display of his visit.
Thorndike is interested in Henry Spear, coming up for sentence in Part Three this morning.
The clock on the wall showed him that, already, he had given to young Spear one hour and a quarter.
"See Spear? Third man from the last." A long line, guarded in front and rear, shuffled into the court-room, and, as ordered, ranged themselves against the wall.
He begrudged to Isaacs & Sons the credit of having given Spear his liberty.
From the friends of Spear there was a ripple of applause, which no tipstaff took it upon himself to suppress, and to the accompaniment of this, Mr.
Spear tried to stop sobbing long enough to tell him how happy she was, and how grateful, he instead told her what a fine son she had, and that he remembered when Spear used to carry flowers to town for her.
"I was wondering," said Andrews, "how much it cost you to keep Spear out of jail?"
Federline had previously been awarded temporary custody of Sean Preston, two, and one-year-old Jayden James because Spears has defied court orders, resulting in limitations on her visitation.
By about 10.30pm, six police cars, two ambulances and a fire engine had entered the gated-community that includes Spears's house.
These may not be familiar names to you, but to investment junkies these guys are gods," Spears said.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Spears is suing a guy named Anthony Steven, who runs the Instagram account 'Absolute Britney.' That account made headlines earlier this month with a post claiming that Spears' team has been 'deleting positive comments on her Instagram post and leaving negative ones to keep up the illusion that she needs help.'
"I worried that he was trying to take down the conservatorship," Spears said from the stand.
What worsened Spears' condition was that her body stopped reacting to the medicines she was taking.
Spears announced the cancellation of her "Domination" show in January after her father had to undergo an emergency surgery following a spontaneous colon rupture.