sidekick

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EtymologyEdit

From side +‎ kick, which in the late 19th and early 20th century was a slang term for the front side pocket of a pair of trousers, was known as the pocket safest from theft. Thus, by analogy, a "side-kick" was a person's closest companion.[1][2]

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sidekick (plural sidekicks)

  1. (informal) An assistant to another person, especially to a superior or more important person.
    • 2012 May 24, Nathan Rabin, “Film: Reviews: Men In Black 3”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      In the abstract, Stuhlbarg’s twinkly-eyed sidekick suggests Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 2 by way of late-period Robin Williams with an alien twist, but Stuhlbarg makes a character that easily could have come across as precious into a surprisingly palatable, even charming man.

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  1. ^ Adams, Cecil. "What's the origin of 'side kick'?" The Straight Dope (April 19, 1976).
  2. ^ Morris, Evan. Word Detective (December 20, 1999).