A second banana to someone more prominant.

"Yeah, I could have stayed and taken that promotion, but as long as I stayed at Metasoft I would have just been a shield-bearer for Bob."

Shield"-bear`er (?), n.

1.

One who, or that which, carries a shield.

2. Zool.

Any small moth of the genus Aspidisca, whose larva makes a shieldlike covering for itself out of bits of leaves.

 

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