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powder boy

powder monkey (def 1).
Origin of powder boy
1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The powder-boy returns the spare powder and the passing-boxes to the magazine.

  • powder-boy, bring two eight-inch canister as soon as possible.

    Frank Before Vicksburg Harry Castlemon
  • The watchers upon the Cygnet, from Captain to least powder-boy, drew quick breath.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • Midshipman Farragut acted as captains aid, quarter-gunner, powder-boy, and anything that was required of him.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs

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