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 Heavies (The),Heavy-armed Artillery (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Heavy Man (The),
in theatrical parlance, means an actor who plays foil to the hero, such as the king in Hamlet, the mere foil to the prince; Iago is another “heavy man’s” part as foil to Othello; the “tiger” in the Ticket of Leave Man is another part for the “heavy man.” Such parts preserve a degree of importance, but never rise into passion.   1

 Heavies (The),Heavy-armed Artillery (The). 


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