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mule skinner

noun, Informal.
a muleteer.
Origin of mule skinner
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The miner had been a mule skinner in his time, just as he had tried his hand at a dozen other occupations.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • He was tired, and the cheerful "mule skinner" was a desirable companion, for the time at least.

    Cattle-Ranch to College Russell Doubleday
  • He swore with the sincerity of a hen with fresh-hatched chicks and the vocabulary of a mule skinner.

    The Lone Ranger Rides Fran Striker
  • A brightly painted Indian with eagle feathered bonnet and a string of grizzly claws around his neck, won a mule skinner's money.

    Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston
British Dictionary definitions for mule skinner

mule skinner

(US & Canadian) an informal term for muleteer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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