Understrapper Un"der*strap`per, n. A petty fellow; an inferior agent; an underling. [1913 Webster]

This was going to the fountain head at once, not applying to the understrappers. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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