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bushranger

[boo sh-reyn-jer] /ˈbʊʃˌreɪn dʒər/
noun
1.
a person who lives in the bush or woods.
2.
Australian.
  1. a person who lives by robbing travelers and isolated homesteads in the bush.
  2. a person who drives a hard, and sometimes dishonest, bargain.
Origin of bushranger
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20; bush1 + ranger
Related forms
bushranging, noun
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  • The other bushranger had disappeared through the other door.

    Stingaree

    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • The bushranger looked over his shoulder with a bitter smile.

    Stingaree

    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • The bushranger Stingaree has been traced to Government House.

    Stingaree

    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • The man might have been a bushranger, but he did not appear to be at all afraid of us.

    Twice Lost W.H.G. Kingston
  • The bushranger made a good deal of exciting history in Australia.

  • Many books have been written on this tradition, glorifying the bushranger.

  • The next morning, however, the bushranger's plans were openly divulged.

    The Great Company

    Beckles Willson
  • The bushranger yelled for help and tried to stop his horse, but failed to do so.

    In Quest of Gold Alfred St. Johnston
  • "A price is set on my head," the bushranger answered with a grim smile.

  • "That will do," returned the inspector, dryly, after the bushranger had finished.

    The Gold Hunter's Adventures

    William H. Thomes
British Dictionary definitions for bushranger

bushranger

/ˈbʊʃˌreɪndʒə/
noun
1.
(Austral, history) an escaped convict or robber living in the bush
2.
(US) a person who lives away from civilization; backwoodsman
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