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linkboy

linkman

noun plural -boys or -men
  1. (formerly) a boy who carried a torch for pedestrians in dark streets
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Historical Examples

  • He looked after us with foreboding eyes as we went out of the great gate, alone, with not so much as a linkboy.

    Helmet of Navarre

    Bertha Runkle

  • From a linkboy outside a travelling theatre he was promoted to employment within.