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spear carrier

or spear-carrier

a supernumerary in a theatrical or operatic production, as one of a group of soldiers or a member of a crowd; extra.
any minor member of a group, profession, political party, etc.; subordinate; underling.
Origin of spear carrier
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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A cheap saloon, esp an illegal or after-hours place: It had been a speakeasy once/ All they give you in these speaks is smoke/ one thing that puts a speako over

[1889+; Samuel Hudson, a journalist, says in a 1909 book that he used the term in Philadelphia in 1889 after having heard it used in Pittsburgh by an old Irish woman who sold liquor clandestinely to her neighbors and enjoined them to ''spake asy''; hence related to early 1800s Irish and British dialect spake-aisy or speak softly shop, ''smugglers' den'']

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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