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bushranger

[boo sh-reyn-jer]
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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

First recorded in 1810–20; bush1 + ranger
Related formsbush·rang·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for bushranger

Historical Examples

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for bushranger

bushranger

noun
  1. Australian history an escaped convict or robber living in the bush
  2. US a person who lives away from civilization; backwoodsman
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