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water boy

a person who carries a canteen or bucket of drinking water to those too occupied to fetch it, as to soldiers, laborers, or football players.
a person who sees that livestock is supplied with water, as by filling water troughs.
Origin of water boy
1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You brought my water-boy back with you last night, didn't you, Mr. Ballard?

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • From boss to water-boy we were failures all; so we understood each other.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • The water-boy was humped over the horn of his saddle as if he had found a stomach-ache in the breathless gallop.

    The King of Arcadia Francis Lynde
  • I'll help pass a law making it illegal for Hans Wagner to hang around a ball park except as water-boy.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • On his plantation Henson served as water-boy, butler and finally as a field hand, experiencing the usual hardship of the slave.

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