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powder monkey

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powder monkey

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  1. (informal) an explosives expert. A person who sets explosives.
  2. (nautical) the persons employed to carry gun powder from the ship's magazine to the gun deck during a battle; in the 18th century Royal British and U. S. Navies, this task (also carrying water) during battles became a permanent nickname for the ship's cabin boys and apprentice seamen.

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