spear-carrier
noun Date: 1953 1. a. a member of an opera chorus b. a bit actor in a play 2. a person whose actions are of little significance or value in an event or organization

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  • spear carrier — n. 1. Informal an actor with a walk on role 2. a person having a minor or insignificant role in an organization, activity, etc …   English World dictionary

  • spear carrier — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms spear carrier : singular spear carrier plural spear carriers business informal someone who obeys instructions and communicates messages from more senior people in an organization …   English dictionary

  • Spear carrier — A spear carrier is a nickname for a minor acting part. It generally pertains to a character that appears in several scenes, but mostly in the background. The term has its roots in Greek Tragedy; as plays such as Antigone and Oedipus the King… …   Wikipedia

  • spear carrier — 1. a supernumerary in a theatrical or operatic production, as one of a group of soldiers or a member of a crowd; extra. 2. any minor member of a group, profession, political party, etc.; subordinate; underling. Also, spear carrier. [1950 55] * *… …   Universalium

  • spear-carrier — spear car·ri·er (spîrʹkăr ē ər) n. 1. A minor member of an operatic or dramatic cast, usually having no speaking part. 2. One whose presence or performance has little effect on an occurrence, group, or organization. * * * …   Universalium

  • spear carrier — spear′ car rier n. 1) cvb sbz a supernumerary in a theatrical or operatic production 2) cvb a minor or subordinate member of a group 3) a leader of a group or movement; spearhead • Etymology: 1950–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • spear carrier — /ˈspɪə kæriə/ (say spear kareeuh) noun 1. Theatre a minor acting part. 2. a person in a lowly position in an organisation …   Australian English dictionary

  • spear-carrier — noun A person in a play or movie with a minimal part; an extra …   Wiktionary

  • spear carrier — noun a minor actor in crowd scenes • Syn: ↑supernumerary, ↑extra • Hypernyms: ↑actor, ↑histrion, ↑player, ↑thespian, ↑role player …   Useful english dictionary

  • spear-carrier — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷  ̷ ̷ noun 1. a. : a member of an opera chorus b. : a bit actor in a play 2. : a person whose actions are of little significance or value in an event or organization …   Useful english dictionary

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