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- n. an assistant master; a subordinate to the main master
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A master subordinate to the principal master; an assistant master.
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Nicholas is an usher or undermaster in the school;
Among those who helped to carry on the services there, was a young undermaster of Stockwell Grammar
Among those who helped to carry on the services there, was a young undermaster of Stockwell Grammar School, the rev.
He was just in the middle of one, about a trick some of the boys had played an undermaster at their school, when I heard the front door open quietly and steps cross the hall.
At school, chiefly as a young Carthusian, I frequently broke out into verse, where prose translation was more properly required: seeing that it pleased my indolence to be poetical where I was not sure of literal accuracy, and (I may add) it rejoiced me to induce a certain undermaster to suspect and sometimes to accuse this small poetaster of having “cribbed” his metrical version from some unknown collection of poems: however, he had always to be satisfied with my assurance as to authenticity, for he was sure to be baffled in his inquiries elsewhere.