Definitions

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  • n. Any underling or inferior in office.
  • n. A freelance operator for MI5.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A petty fellow; an inferior agent; an underling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A petty fellow; an inferior agent; an underling.

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Examples

  • So the matter was put in the hands of Mark Hoban, an Osborne understrapper and financial secretary to the Treasury.

    Greek crisis: The Tory plan is... there isn't one

  • Mark Hoban, a George Osborne understrapper and financial secretary to the Treasury, who does not inspire confidence.

    Greek crisis: The Tory plan is... there isn't one

  • "I suppose you've received information, by bush-telegraph, that that third assistant understrapper and ex-sailorman at Tulagi is going to deport me as an undesirable immigrant."

    Chapter 9

  • Them is only one white man, a third assistant understrapper and ex - sailor -- a common sailor.

    Chapter 6

  • I had married a wife, and could not submit to be an understrapper to a physician.

    History of American Women

  • By the industry of his understrapper, he procured a number of old crazy fiddles, which were thrown aside as lumber; upon which he counterfeited the

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • Nor did this well-instructed understrapper omit those other parts of her cue which the principal judged necessary for the furtherance of his scheme.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • Having thus profitably exercised his genius, this subtle politician thought it high time to relinquish his military expectations, and securing all his valuable acquisitions about his own person, rode out with his understrapper, in the midst of fifty dragoons, who went in quest of forage.

    The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom

  • The senior understrapper thought that there was nothing more to be done.

    The Way We Live Now

  • The senior understrapper knew that Melmotte would have asked for

    The Way We Live Now

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  • A petty fellow, underling.

    June 14, 2010

  • "An inferior in any office, or department."
    - Francis Grose, 'The Vulgar Tongue'.

    September 9, 2008