- a person who seeks or receives a share in political spoils.
- an advocate of the spoils system in politics.
Origin of spoilsman
1835–45, Americanism; spoils + -man
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Examples from the Web for spoilsman
The debate upon this appointment gave the spoilsman an epigram.The Boss and the Machine
Samuel P. Orth
The postal system has offered one of the best fields for the manipulation of the spoilsman.
Many a one, who aspires to direct the destinies of the State, achieves only the station of a political subordinate or spoilsman.What Shall I Be?
Rev. Francis Cassily
Even the governorship itself was out of the reach of the spoilsman.The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines
A cowardly banner held out by the spoilsman that would sell his country for a mess of pottage.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
- US politics a person who shares in the spoils of office or advocates the spoils system
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