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traveling salesman

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noun
  1. a male representative of a business firm who travels in an assigned territory soliciting orders for a company's products or services.
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Origin of traveling salesman

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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  • A traveling-salesman from Suva, thin and wiry, had been in dispute with a new civil officer.

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