powder monkey


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powder monkey

n. Informal
One who carries or sets explosives.
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powder monkey

n
(Historical Terms) (formerly) a boy who carried powder from the magazine to the guns on warships
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pow′der mon`key


n.
a person in charge of explosives, as in a demolition crew.
[1675–85]
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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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