Meaning of “underling” in the English Dictionary

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"underling" in British English

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underlingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʌn.dəl.ɪŋ/ us /ˈʌn.dɚ.lɪŋ/ disapproving

a person of low rank and little authority who works for someone more important:

She surrounded herself with underlings who were too afraid of her to answer back.

(Definition of “underling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)