from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A minor member of an operatic or dramatic cast, usually having no speaking part.
- n. One whose presence or performance has little effect on an occurrence, group, or organization.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person in a play or movie with a minimal part; an extra.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
"Dick put on shows and recruited me as a spear-carrier for the dumb parts," reveals Sir David.
Yet in class they'd be thrown into a "made-up in the first week" startup team and got dragged along as a spear-carrier for someone else's vision.
Second place to Ron Paul -- who while being the libertarian movement's most loved spear-carrier -- also has no chance of winning nationally.
For the record, Marks came in second to Mick Ireland in the race for Mayor, and Milias was MM's spear-carrier in the campaign.
Armstrong had long been known as an indefatigable spear-carrier for Harry Chandler, but at this moment he seemed unaware that the wind had shifted at Times headquarters.
However, it is not always helpful when deadlines loom and a spear-carrier decides to usurp the role of protagonist and go off on his own adventures.
In fact, most of them get at least one story in which they are the protagonist rather than the spear-carrier.
The Clinton we have grown accustomed to over the last year is perceived as a spear-carrier for the Madeleine Albright school of values-driven liberal interventionism.
A spear-carrier prison guard, however, needn't have his heroism preserved, and can be shown in a full-on supine screaming panic:
Sat Nov 17 3: 00-4: 00: pm Third spear-carrier on the left - writing minor characters
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