[bag-man for 1; bag-muhn for 2, 3]
noun, plural bagmen [bag-men for 1; bag-muhn for 2, 3 ] .
dishonest official; a person who collects, carries, or distributes illegal payoff money.
British. a traveling salesman; drummer.
Australian. a tramp; swagman.

1525–35, for an earlier literally sense; bag + man1 Unabridged
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bagman (ˈbæɡmən)
n , pl -men
1.  informal (Brit) a travelling salesman
2.  slang chiefly (US) a person who collects or distributes money for racketeers
3.  informal chiefly (Canadian) a person who solicits money or subscriptions for a political party
4.  (Austral) history a tramp or swagman, esp one on horseback
5.  slang (Austral) Also called: bagswinger someone who takes money for a bookmaker

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bagman definition

  1. n.
    a tramp. : Two old bagmen wandered slowly down the lane.
  2. n.
    a drug dealer. (Drugs.) : Sam was a bagman for a well-known dealer for a while.
  3. n.
    any racketeer. : Some bagman from the mob was pulled out of the river yesterday.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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