Definition of spear carrier in English:

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spear carrier

Pronunciation: /spi(ə)r ˈkerēər/

noun

1An actor with a walk-on part.
Example sentences
  • He moved to the National Theatre as a spear carrier in Olivier's first company in 1963.
  • I met a man the other night who told me he was going to be a spear carrier in Scottish Opera's forthcoming production of Tosca.
  • Cast me as a spear carrier, and I will happily exercise my free will and step aside to give somebody else their five minutes of fame.
1.1An unimportant participant in something.
Example sentences
  • There's a risk that the party will be transformed into a legion of spear carriers.
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