dishonest official; a person who collects, carries, or distributes illegal payoff money.
British. a traveling salesman; drummer.
Australian. a tramp; swagman.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use bagman in a sentence
“Back then, you literally had bagmen to collect and deliver” payoffs from Outfit gamblers, said Angelo, who also became a police officer and led the Chicago lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Is there anything in it beyond what the bagman's talk and Uncle Henry's disappearance could have suggested?A Thin Ghost and Others | M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
Spindler has a humorous novel, whose hero, a travelling clerk or bagman, meets with a variety of amusing adventures.
So far as these were concerned, therefore, he might be either a peer of the realm or an English bagman.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 17 | Alexander Leighton
The bagman seemed a decentish sort of chap in his way, but, my word!All on the Irish Shore | E. Somerville and Martin Ross
Its a beggars trade after a, and far better left to bagman bodies like yon Stocks.The Half-Hearted | John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for bagman
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012