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powder monkey

noun
1.
(formerly) a boy employed on warships to carry gunpowder from the magazine to the guns.
2.
powderman (def 1).
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85
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powder monkey

noun
1.
(formerly) a boy who carried powder from the magazine to the guns on warships
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powder monkey

noun phrase

A person who works with explosives in mining, construction, etc

[1926+ Loggers & miners; found by 1682 designating a boy who handles gunpowder aboard a warship]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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