2.) a vital, resentful, grumpy, dirty, element which keeps an entire operation running with pure will and grunt. remove this rusty iron pin it and it is likely the whole shiny brass machine will fly apart or explode.
person 1: "something (anything) is broken"
person 2: "call the abe"
"Who is going to become the new abe around here? "
"our shop just lost its abe"