One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A US cartoon, TV, and film character who develops special powers, such as great strength and the ability to cling to surfaces, after being bitten by a radioactive spider.
2British informal A person who works at great heights in building work.
- ‘After losing money in his orchard business for three years Chang became one of the spidermen mending slits at the top of the slope and building water channels.’
- ‘He is more like a spiderman in the modern concrete jungle of the city.’
- ‘The climbers were like spidermen, swiftly moving their bodies on the almost vertical man-made hills.’
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