spearcarrier

spearcarrier

(ˈspɪəˌkærɪə)
n
1. (Theatre) an extra in a theatrical or operatic production, as one of a group of soldiers or a member of a crowd
2. a minor member of a group, profession, political party, etc; a subordinate or underling
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For a man with an obvious love of theatre and performance (he worked as a spearcarrier in London and Bristol after coming down from Oxford) Golding seems to have regarded his own novels principally in scribal terms.
Red Sox Century owes much to them as well as to the Al Zarillas and Willie Tasbys, the Clyde Vollmers and Don Buddins, the Denny Galehouses, and Calvin Schiraldis, all spearcarriers in this long-running opera that still plays to a packed house.