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travelling salesman

noun
1.
a salesman who travels within an assigned territory in order to sell merchandise or to solicit orders for the commercial enterprise he represents by direct personal contact with customers and potential customers Also called commercial traveller, traveller
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  • It is too common and low and vulgar for words: like a travelling salesman.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
  • I guess he could easily make you believe he was a travelling salesman if he wanted to try, and you didnt know him.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Still attending to business as a travelling salesman, for six years he swept and made ready his Sunday-school room.

  • And if I didnt know human nature from the ground up, would I be where I am as a travelling salesman?

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • The house in which Siders lodged belonged to a travelling salesman by the name of Winter.

  • I am not a travelling salesman (except in so far as all men are) so I do not often travel in the Club Car.

    Shandygaff

    Christopher Morley
  • The patron in the chair, a travelling salesman, watched the pantomime with interest.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • He now was a travelling salesman, with a rise in salary and a commission on orders.

  • A travelling salesman, whom we met at Auray, told us that it was kept by an old cook, one of the Vatels of the stove.

    Rambles in Brittany Francis Miltoun
  • "Yes, several," answered Richard, who was always as eager as a travelling salesman to recommend his wares.

    Living Alone Stella Benson

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