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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. 2017.
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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
  • The European traveling salesman in these countries carries a line of goods immediately answerable to local requirements.

    The Panama Canal Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • What have you learned in this story about the life of a traveling salesman?

    Americans All Various
  • traveling salesman, always just a little lonely and overjoyed at a chance to talk or make any human contact whatever.

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

    The Indiscreet Letter Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • traveling salesman for a St. Paul wholesaler, for a Chicago clothing-house.

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
  • Now she was holding clandestine meetings with Mr. Daly, a traveling salesman, home on one of his quarterly visits to his family.

  • He said he had a chance of a position as a traveling salesman.

    The Rover Boys in Business Arthur M. Winfield
  • "Now there's Ella, for instance," continued the traveling salesman thoughtfully.

    The Indiscreet Letter Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

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