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[spoilz-muh n]
noun, plural spoils·men.
  1. a person who seeks or receives a share in political spoils.
  2. an advocate of the spoils system in politics.
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Origin of spoilsman

1835–45, Americanism; spoils + -man
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Examples from the Web for spoilsman

Historical Examples of spoilsman

  • The debate upon this appointment gave the spoilsman an epigram.

    The Boss and the Machine

    Samuel P. Orth

  • The postal system has offered one of the best fields for the manipulation of the spoilsman.

  • Many a one, who aspires to direct the destinies of the State, achieves only the station of a political subordinate or spoilsman.

    What Shall I Be?

    Rev. Francis Cassily

  • Even the governorship itself was out of the reach of the spoilsman.

  • A cowardly banner held out by the spoilsman that would sell his country for a mess of pottage.

British Dictionary definitions for spoilsman


noun plural -men
  1. US politics a person who shares in the spoils of office or advocates the spoils system
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