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trail boss

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  1. (in Western U.S.) a person responsible for driving a herd of cattle.

Origin of trail boss

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for trail boss

Historical Examples

  • That's the way this fellow had it; said a trail-boss told him at Ogalalla that spring.

    Raw Gold

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • "Was trail-boss three seasons for Hank Rowan and his partner," I returned briefly.

    Raw Gold

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

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