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Examples of minion in a Sentence
one of the boss's minions
most of the top appointments went to the new governor's personal minions and political cronies
Recent Examples of minion from the Web
The team's manager from 1970 through '78, Sparky Anderson, was a revered figure whose decisions went largely unquestioned by his minions.
That is the truest manifestation of the American spirit, and it’s been subverted in this century by a powermad strongman and his idiot minions who think crushing the poor and the vulnerable is some kind of punk move.
And Heitkamp’s right: the minute her vote is no longer available or necessary in this year’s very limited Senate session, Trump and his minions will unload on her.
The program uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology; spies utilize a UV light to see hidden messages inked by rival minions that regular museumgoers don’t know is there.
Almost, until one remembers the damage done and the treatment meted out by Tillerson’s minions to our career diplomats.
Worse than the fuzzy math, though, is the fact that Trump’s minions began saying this surge was because of rapper Kanye West, who starting sharing his love for the president on social media that week.
Other characters met an ugly fate throughout the movie at the hands of Thanos and his minions, including Gamora (more on that later).
There at the altar, among Oral's minions,No one was asking for second opinions.
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The Origins of Minion
Minion comes to us from Middle French and has a somewhat surprising cousin in English: filet mignon. The two words are connected by way of Middle French mignon, meaning "darling." Minion entered English around 1500 directly from Middle French, whereas filet mignon arrived significantly later by way of a Modern French phrase meaning "dainty fillet." The earliest uses of minion referred to someone who was a particular favorite, or darling, of a sovereign or other important personage. Over time, however, the word evolved a more derogatory sense referring to a person who is servile and unimportant.
MINION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of minion for English Language Learners
: someone who is not powerful or important and who obeys the orders of a powerful leader or boss
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