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powder monkey

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

(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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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