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[boo sh-reyn-jer] /ˈbʊʃˌreɪn dʒər/
a person who lives in the bush or woods.
  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
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bushranging, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • “Two can play at that game, friend,” exclaimed Burton, lifting his musket and letting fly at the bushranger.

    Twice Lost W.H.G. Kingston
  • The other bushranger had disappeared through the other door.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • He was by that time practically damned beyond redemption, and his brilliant career as a bushranger followed as a matter of course.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • The bushranger looked over his shoulder with a bitter smile.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • A year later Hyland the bushranger was shot in a struggle with the mounted police sent to capture him.

  • The bushranger made a good deal of exciting history in Australia.

  • As he passed by Starlight's hammock the bushranger turned in his sleep, and threw back the blanket from his throat.

    In Quest of Gold Alfred St. Johnston
  • The next morning, however, the bushranger's plans were openly divulged.

    The Great Company Beckles Willson
  • It reminded me of the case of a minister in the backwoods calling on a bushranger to go round with the hat.

    Wit and Wisdom of Lord Tredegar Godfrey Charles Morgan
  • The bushranger yelled for help and tried to stop his horse, but failed to do so.

    In Quest of Gold Alfred St. Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for bushranger


(Austral, history) an escaped convict or robber living in the bush
(US) a person who lives away from civilization; backwoodsman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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