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wagon boss

a man in charge of a wagon train.
Also called wagon master.
Origin of wagon boss
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Why did you have to hunt wagons, and what has a wagon boss got to do with a cattle ranch?

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx
  • I quickly reached the corral and informed the wagon boss of the accident.

  • He waved his hat to Martin, our wagon boss, to come to the corral chains.

    The Prairie Schooner William Francis Hooker
  • It belonged to Hickey, the wagon boss, who was a favorite with the men.

    Sawdust & Spangles W. C. Coup
  • One driver to a team, a night herder and wagon boss, was all that was necessary to make a full crew.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • The wagon boss, knowing the red man's fear of cannon, had swung the great boiler around so that it had appeared to point at them.

    An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
  • With the first approach of day, the night herder would come to camp and call the wagon boss.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds
  • Into this corral the cattle were driven and the night herder watched one gap and the wagon boss the other, while the men yoked up.

    Thirty Years on the Frontier Robert McReynolds
  • Everybody 'most in camp waked up, an' Wilson, the wagon boss, he takes his six-shooter an' fires a few shots to answer 'em.

  • However, by my persuasive insistence, Mr. Gilman left his wagon boss in charge and getting into my wagon accompanied me.

    Collection of Nebraska Pioneer Reminiscences Nebraska Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution

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