powder monkey


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powder monkey

n. Informal
One who carries or sets explosives.

powder monkey

n
(Historical Terms) (formerly) a boy who carried powder from the magazine to the guns on warships

pow′der mon`key


n.
a person in charge of explosives, as in a demolition crew.
[1675–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.powder monkey - someone who carries explosives (as from the magazine to the guns on board a warship)
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
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The Powder Monkey, on Wiltshire Drive in Wallsend, reopened its doors in August following a refurbishment.
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Written by award winning children's author Donna McDine, "Powder Monkey" is a thumbnail sketch of the impressment experience of 12-year-old Tommy Kitt who was taken by force with his older brother from his parents' farm by a Royal Navy press gang to serve as a powder monkey and ship boy in a battleship at sea.
When, in the 19th century, the Brooke's company called their line of soap and tooth powder Monkey Brand, for example, images of the creatures, usually dressed as humans, were the obvious choice to promote sales.
He is the author of the children's book trilogy Powder Monkey, Prison Ship and Battle Fleet, which tell the story of a boy sailor called Sam Witch all.
POWDER MONKEY by Paul Dowswell (Bloomsbury pounds 12VERDICT: HHHII
The book tells the remarkable story of the life of William Chamberlain who was abducted from Sydney as a young boy, to serve on the Frederick, a whaling ship, who saw action at the Battle of Algiers as a powder monkey, was re-united with his family in Sydney and went on in later life to become a captain of a whaling ship.
POWDER MONKEY by KAREN SAINSBURY (Weidenfeld & Nicolson pounds 14.
Friends and family are welcome afterwards to the Powder Monkey Pub, Wiltshire Drive for a farewell toast to Brian.
After a brief overview of the Tristan repertoire, this article examines one particular song - Powder Monkey Jim' - collected from Fred Swain in 1938.
The Inn is conveniently located right next to the Powder Monkey chairlift and across the street from Snowshoe's famous Western Territories.