[bag-man for 1; bag-muh n for 2, 3]
- dishonest official; a person who collects, carries, or distributes illegal payoff money.
- British. a traveling salesman; drummer.
- Australian. a tramp; swagman.
Origin of bagman
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Examples from the Web for bagman
This evening I had company in the shape of a bagman, a smartish fellow.A Thin Ghost and Others
M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
They called us "bagman" for our last article, and we were sure they would.
To be a bagman is to be humble, but not of necessity vulgar.The Fitz-Boodle Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
Let the bagman return to his business, the squire to his five-barred gate.From the Oak to the Olive
Julia Ward Howe
Look here—have you thought about the bagman's story—the first one?
- British informal a travelling salesman
- slang, mainly US a person who collects or distributes money for racketeers
- informal, mainly Canadian a person who solicits money or subscriptions for a political party
- Australian history a tramp or swagman, esp one on horseback
- Also called: bagswinger Australian slang someone who takes money for a bookmaker