end man
noun Date: 1865 a man at each end of the line of performers in a minstrel show who engages in comic repartee with the interlocutor

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  • End man — End End ([e^]nd), n. [OE. & AS. ende; akin to OS. endi, D. einde, eind, OHG. enti, G. ende, Icel. endir, endi, Sw. [ a]nde, Dan. ende, Goth. andeis, Skr. anta. [root]208. Cf. {Ante }, {Anti }, {Answer}.] 1. The extreme or last point or part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • end man — n. 1. a man at the end of a row ☆ 2. in a minstrel show, the comic performer at each end of the first row, for whom the interlocutor serves as a foil …   English World dictionary

  • end man — end′ man n. 1) a person at one end of a row or line 2) sbz a performer at either end of the chorus line in a minstrel show who plays the bones or tambourine and banters with the interlocutor • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • end man — noun 1. a man at one end of line of performers in a minstrel show; carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor • Syn: ↑corner man • Hypernyms: ↑minstrel • Member Holonyms: ↑minstrel show 2. a man at one end of a row of people …   Useful english dictionary

  • end man — 1. a man at one end of a row or line. 2. a man at either end of the line of performers of a minstrel troupe, who plays on the bones or tambourine and carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor. [1860 65, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • end-man — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gold-end man — Gold Gold (g[=o]ld), n. [AS. gold; akin to D. goud, OS. & G. gold, Icel. gull, Sw. & Dan. guld, Goth. gul[thorn], Russ. & OSlav. zlato; prob. akin to E. yellow. [root]49, 234. See {Yellow}, and cf. {Gild}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Chem.) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gold-end-man — gold endˈ man noun (obsolete) A dealer in gold endsˈ (archaic), broken remnants of gold • • • Main Entry: ↑gold …   Useful english dictionary

  • End — ([e^]nd), n. [OE. & AS. ende; akin to OS. endi, D. einde, eind, OHG. enti, G. ende, Icel. endir, endi, Sw. [ a]nde, Dan. ende, Goth. andeis, Skr. anta. [root]208. Cf. {Ante }, {Anti }, {Answer}.] 1. The extreme or last point or part of any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • End bulb — End End ([e^]nd), n. [OE. & AS. ende; akin to OS. endi, D. einde, eind, OHG. enti, G. ende, Icel. endir, endi, Sw. [ a]nde, Dan. ende, Goth. andeis, Skr. anta. [root]208. Cf. {Ante }, {Anti }, {Answer}.] 1. The extreme or last point or part of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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