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roundsman

[roundz-muh n] /ˈraʊndz mən/
noun, plural roundsmen.
1.
a person who makes rounds, as of inspection.
2.
British. a person who makes deliveries, as of milk or bread.
3.
Australian. a journalist covering a specific area of interest:
a political roundsman.
4.
a police officer who inspects the other officers on duty in a particular district.
Origin of roundsman
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; round1 + 's1 + man1
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Historical Examples
  • One was that of an old fellow, a veteran of the Civil War, who was a roundsman.

  • The devil you did, the roundsman said, as much with irritation as with amazement.

  • The man in charge of the school was a roundsman, Petty, whom we promoted to sergeant.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • He was a quiet fellow, with a record free from complaints, and we made him roundsman.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • Missing his reserves, Sergeant McNally had sent the roundsman in search of them.

    Out of Mulberry Street Jacob A. Riis
  • This method of obtaining work was known as the 'roundsman system'.

  • The head porter, who had started after the first man, in the absence of the roundsman, had met with a similar defeat.

  • "Then your platoon of men and your roundsman will testify to a falsehood," said the house owner.

  • Just as we was gettin' the last of the kids loaded in for their ride up to the Home, a roundsman shows up with two cops.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • "So long, Tom," answered the roundsman curtly as he slowly proceeded to resume his interrupted rounds.

    Banzai! Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
British Dictionary definitions for roundsman

roundsman

/ˈraʊndzmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(Brit) a person who makes rounds, as for inspection or to deliver goods
2.
(Austral & NZ) a reporter covering a particular district or topic
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