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sapper

[sap-er] /ˈsæp ər/
noun
1.
a soldier employed in the construction of fortifications, trenches, or tunnels that approach or undermine enemy positions.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; sap2 + -er1
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  • If it didn't help, it was scrapped, which only shows it will be sometime before they can replace the sapper in the breach.
British Dictionary definitions for sapper

sapper

/ˈsæpə/
noun
1.
a soldier who digs trenches
2.
(in the British Army) a private of the Royal Engineers

Sapper

/ˈsæpə/
noun
1.
real name Herman Cyril McNeile. 1888–1937, British novelist, author of the popular thriller Bull-dog Drummond (1920) and its sequels
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Word Origin and History for sapper
n.

1620s, in a military context, "soldier employed in building fortifications," agent noun from sap (v.1).

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