[bag-man for 1; bag-muh n for 2, 3]
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noun, plural bag·men [bag-men for 1; bag-muh n for 2, 3] /ˈbægˌmɛn for 1; ˈbæg mən for 2, 3/.
  1. dishonest official; a person who collects, carries, or distributes illegal payoff money.
  2. British. a traveling salesman; drummer.
  3. Australian. a tramp; swagman.

Origin of bagman

1525–35, for an earlier literally sense; bag + man1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bagman

dealer, peddler, source, connection, man, bagman, traveler, drummer, pusher

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noun plural -men
  1. British informal a travelling salesman
  2. slang, mainly US a person who collects or distributes money for racketeers
  3. informal, mainly Canadian a person who solicits money or subscriptions for a political party
  4. Australian history a tramp or swagman, esp one on horseback
  5. Also called: bagswinger Australian slang someone who takes money for a bookmaker
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