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  1. Chiefly British. an alcoholic drink taken after completing the day's work, usually at sundown.
  2. Australian. a tramp or hobo, especially one who arrives at a homestead near sundown in order to avoid having to work in exchange for shelter.

Origin of sundowner

First recorded in 1870–75; sundown + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. Australian and NZ obsolete, slang a tramp, esp one who seeks food and lodging at sundown when it is too late to work
  2. nautical a strict ship's officer
  3. informal, mainly British an alcoholic drink taken at sunset
  4. NZ slang a lazy sheepdog
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