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underling

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noun un·der·ling \ˈən-dər-liŋ\

Simple Definition of underling

  • : a person of low rank who works for a more powerful person

Full Definition of underling

  1. :  one who is under the orders of another :  subordinate, inferior

Examples of underling

  1. He takes all the credit, but most of the hard work is done by his underlings.

  2. <the real estate tycoon has a whole army of underlings to attend to the details>



12th Century

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12th century


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