understudy


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Understudy \Un"der*stud`y\, v. t. & i. (Theater)
   To study, as another actor's part, in order to be his
   substitute in an emergency; to study another actor's part.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Understudy \Un"der*stud`y\, n.
   One who studies another's part with a view to assuming it in
   an emergency.
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