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traveling salesman

a male representative of a business firm who travels in an assigned territory soliciting orders for a company's products or services.
Origin of traveling salesman
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for traveling salesman
Contemporary Examples
  • There she met Hugh Rodham, a traveling salesman eight years her senior, and after a five-year courtship, they married in 1942.

Historical Examples
  • "You must be awfully glad you're not a traveling salesman," she said demurely.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "He's been good to me," she said, and told of the experience with the traveling salesman on the stage.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • What have you learned in this story about the life of a traveling salesman?

    Americans All Various
  • traveling salesman for a St. Paul wholesaler, for a Chicago clothing-house.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • No man should greet a letter with more welcome than a traveling salesman.

    A Man of Samples Wm. H. Maher
  • I asked, taking it for granted that he was a traveling salesman.

    The Modern Ku Klux Klan Henry Peck Fry
  • Only the traveling salesman seemed to know just exactly what was the matter.

    The Indiscreet Letter

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • "N-o-o," acknowledged the traveling salesman conscientiously.

    The Indiscreet Letter

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Now and then a traveling salesman stopped there, though not many.

    The Young Engineers in Arizona H. Irving Hancock

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