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visiting fireman

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noun Informal.
  1. an influential person accorded special treatment while visiting an organization, industry, city, etc.
  2. a visitor, as a tourist or vacationer, in a city, presumed to be a big spender.
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Origin of visiting fireman

First recorded in 1935–40
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visiting fireman

noun
  1. US informal a visitor whose presence is noticed because he is an important figure, a lavish spender, etc
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