n. A young actor, usually in a musical, who is cast in a nonessential ensemble role but learns every other part in the show to replace and/or fill in for any other performer who is unable to perform during any particular performance.
v. (to pull a...) to fill in for a main role at a moment's notice despite not being the understudy/swing for it. This usually implies a success at playing said roll.
adj. used to describe a young, ambitious actor.
(Noun usage) "While his role had no lines and limited stage-time, the young Colby would be at every rehearsal so as to learn the show and see what parts he could fill in for."
(Verbal usage) "They asked the kid to play the part four minutes before curtain, and he played it perfectly!"
"That dude freakin' pulled a Colby!"
(Adjective Usage) "That kid keeps trying to steal my lines!"
"Yeah, he's such a Colby, he doesn't realize how rude that is..."
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