circuit rider


noun

(formerly) a minister who rode horseback from place to place to preach and perform religious ceremonies.
someone, as a public official or a nurse, who travels throughout a given territory to provide services.

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Origin of circuit rider

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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circuit rider


noun

US and Canadian (formerly) a minister of religion who preached from place to place along an established circuit
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