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prushun

n.

1893, "boy who travels with a tramp and begs for him," of unknown origin; his protector/owner was a jocker.

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Examples from the Web for prushun

Historical Examples

  • It was the tenderest good-by I have ever seen between a prushun and his jocker.

    Tramping with Tramps

    Josiah Flynt

  • I was never a prushun, for I did not take kindly to possession.

    The Road

    Jack London

  • On the road the lad is called a "prushun," and his protector a "jocker."

  • As a rule, the prushun is freed when he is able to protect himself.

  • The majority of them prefer a prushun to a woman, and nothing is more severely judged than rape.