trail boss


noun

(in Western U.S.) a person responsible for driving a herd of cattle.

Origin of trail boss

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for trail boss

  • "Was trail-boss three seasons for Hank Rowan and his partner," I returned briefly.

    Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • That's the way this fellow had it; said a trail-boss told him at Ogalalla that spring.

    Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair