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From Dutch handlanger "assistant", "helper".
handlanger (plural handlangers)
- (South Africa) An unskilled assistant to an artisan.
- 1976 Het Suid Western "...building himself brick by brick, with his wife as his only handlanger".
- 2005 The SABC launches a new reality show: The Handlanger. The series will follow a group of aspirant gophers as they compete to become the handlanger of fertilizer tycoon Danie Tromp, writes Not the M&G television watcher.
An unskilled assistant to an artisan
1978: A Dictionary of South African English edited by Jean Branford. Oxford.