trowel fodder
 n.— «It will be possible for people who have some excavation experience to come as volunteers. In these cases there will be no formal tuition provided. However, this does not simply mean that they will be used as trowel fodder!» —“Re: Looking For Work On A Dig!” by Dave Beard Usenet: sci.archaeology Mar. 15, 1995. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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