A toady. One who does the dirty work of another. It was once
thought that the jackals hunted in troops to provide the lion with
prey, hence they were called the “lion's providers.” No doubt the lion
will at times avail himself of the jackal's assistance by appropriating
prey started by these “hunters,” but it would be folly to suppose that
the jackal acted on the principle of vos non vobis. (See Honeycomb.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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