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visiting fireman

noun, Informal.
an influential person accorded special treatment while visiting an organization, industry, city, etc.
a visitor, as a tourist or vacationer, in a city, presumed to be a big spender.
Origin of visiting fireman
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for visiting fireman

visiting fireman

(US, informal) a visitor whose presence is noticed because he is an important figure, a lavish spender, etc
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visiting fireman

noun phrase

An out-of-town visitor, esp a dignitary: He meets a good many distinguished visiting firemen

[1926+; fr the earlier sense fireman or fire maker, ''a Native American ceremonial dignitary who was responsible for lighting the fires'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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