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[pich-muh n] /ˈpɪtʃ mən/
noun, plural pitchmen.
an itinerant vendor of small wares that are usually carried in a case with collapsible legs, allowing it to be set up or removed quickly.
any high-pressure salesperson, as one at a concession at a fair or carnival.
a person who delivers a message on radio or television, as for a product, cause, etc.
Origin of pitchman
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30; pitch1 + -man Unabridged
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noun (US & Canadian) (pl) -men
an itinerant pedlar of small merchandise who operates from a stand at a fair, etc
any high-pressure salesman or advertiser
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pitchman

1926, American English, from pitch (n.1) in the sales sense + man (n.).

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  1. A person who sells novelties, household items, clever toys and tricks, etc, on the streets or at a fair or carnival
  2. Any advocate, promoter, persuader, spokesman, etc: chief pitchman for Big Oil (1926+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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