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road agent

(formerly) a highwayman, especially along stagecoach routes in the western U.S.
Origin of road agent
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I did, but that isn't evidence that will acquit him in court of being a road agent.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • There was nothing in his speech or manner to suggest that he had ever been a road agent.

    Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
  • Take two agents now—a road agent, let us say, and a book agent.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • At the mention of the road agent's name Rance's eyes dropped to the floor.

  • Why had he not seen at once that it was Johnson who was the road agent!

  • It wasn't so much your bein' a road agent I got against you.

  • The road agent was tugging at the stone beneath which he had slipped his bridle.

    Ranson's Folly Richard Harding Davis
  • If Mrs. Spafford had said road agent, which means highwayman in California, we could not have been more surprised.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • You're tellin' him this road agent's a friend o' mine, because I called for a registered letter for him once, ain't you?

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • He had been cowboy, cattle rustler and road agent in different parts of the country west of the Missouri.

British Dictionary definitions for road agent

road agent

(US) (formerly) a bandit who robbed stagecoaches; highwayman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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