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tacksman

noun plural -men
  1. a leaseholder, esp a tenant in the Highlands who sublets
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Word Origin

C16: from tack 4
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Historical Examples

  • Altogether it had the appearance of being the residence of a person of the rank of a small proprietor or tacksman.

    Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland

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  • The Tacksman is necessarily a man capable of securing to the Laird the whole rent, and is commonly a collateral relation.

  • It therefore requires all the tacksman's authority to prevent a practice so pregnant with danger.

  • The tacksman is necessarily a man capable of securing to the laird the whole rent, and is commonly a collateral relation.'

  • The land, say they, is let to the Tacksman at sixpence an acre, and by him to the tenant at ten-pence.