One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1derogatory A person who serves merely to support or assist others, particularly in doing unpleasant work.‘he seems more like a stooge than a master criminal’
underling, minion, lackey, subordinate, assistantView synonyms
- ‘Scorning the help of the secret service stooges following them, she pulled the car into a service station and told William to leave it all to her.’
- ‘But real democracy can only come through mass movements of ordinary people, not by the orders of imperial rulers and their stooges.’
- ‘Without local stooges to stand between them and the people, they'll have to do all the oppressing themselves.’
- ‘On election day, he and two other stooges jammed phone lines, preventing Democrats from reaching voters in need of a ride to the polls.’
- ‘Human-resources staffers walk a fine line: employees see them as stooges for management, and management views them as annoying do-gooders representing employees.’
- ‘We stand by and allow them to remove many democratically elected presidents from office and replace them with imperialist stooges.’
- ‘The problem with Sullivan is that he's wanted to be someone's stooge for so long, he thinks his job is to support the people in power.’
- ‘Debate was kept to a minimum and opponents of the leaders' strategy were ridiculed or heckled by their stooges in the audience.’
- ‘His stooges would turn up at the Party meetings and block the vote.’
- ‘They think I'm just some stooge here to make sure the roads and runways are clear of ice when the blizzards come.’
- ‘She will be nobody's stooge, least of all Washington's.’
- ‘He may, for political reasons, be deemed worthy of prosecution, but such measures will not be applied either to the imperialist leaders or their favoured stooges.’
- ‘Unless a lot more people decide to stand as independents, and most of them get voted in in place of the traditional party stooges, there isn't a great deal we, as voters, can do.’
- ‘He's not some bloated old Masonic corporate stooge; he's a man of the people - a liberal, even - and he wants everyone to know it.’
- ‘Now, the corporate lords who fought their way up the corporate ladder from the rank of stooge to the rank of master don't care as much.’
- ‘Sometimes they are heroes - doctors and engineers cleaning up slums, lawyers fighting for the rights of oppressed minorities; and sometimes they are villains - stooges and lackeys of the ruling class.’
- ‘His role as a company stooge earned him the hatred of workers at the Louisville plant.’
- ‘We need to start a special project documenting political party stooges in the media.’
- ‘Yes, obviously he was a stooge for the Republican Party.’
- ‘He has the odd misfortune of repeatedly hiring party stooges for key assignments who stab him in the back as soon as they leave his employ.’
2A performer whose act involves being the butt of a comedian's jokes.
butt, foil, straight manView synonyms
- ‘As the film progresses, a one-way process of the performance is firmly established, involving the humiliation of Judy as the stooge.’
- ‘The cheeky glove puppet fox hosts a variety and sketch show format - a procession of comic stooges play straight man and second fiddle to his antics.’
1informal Move around aimlessly; drift or cruise.‘she stooged around in the bathroom for a while’
loaf, lounge, idle, laze, languish, moon, stooge, droop, dally, dawdle, amble, potter, wander, drift, meanderView synonyms
- ‘Well, if you couldn't be there in person, celebrating England's triumph over their traditional cricketing foe while stooging around the Caribbean would take some beating.’
- ‘We stooged around for a while, treading air, then fired the burner, to give us a few hours of heat.’
- ‘After stooging around our patrol area for the required time and seeing nothing, it was time to return home.’
- ‘As Viola, she delivers the bard's verses with an uncommon fluency as she stooges across the stage.’
2Perform a role that involves being the butt of a comedian's jokes.
Early 20th century: of unknown origin.
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