Under-spur-leather

An understapper; a subordinate; the leather strap which goes under the heel of the boot to assist in keeping the spur in the right place.

“Everett and Dangerfield ... were subordinate informers - a sort of under-spur-leathers, as the cant term went” —Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak, chap. xli.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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