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circuit rider

(formerly) a minister who rode horseback from place to place to preach and perform religious ceremonies.
someone, as a public official or a nurse, who travels throughout a given territory to provide services.
Origin of circuit rider
1830-40, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The fair was designed for the support of the circuit rider who preached to the few that would hear, and buried us all in turn.

  • The salary was small, even for a Methodist circuit rider, in the decade before the Civil War.

    Benefits Forgot Honor Willsie
  • It was Peter Cartwright, the famous Methodist divine and circuit rider.

  • And I have sung myself, many a time, like a circuit rider with a crowded mourner's bench.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • The circuit rider is not only a priest to his people, but he is a good deal of a mendicant besides.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife Corra Harris
  • And I have often wondered why the monument builders have never thought to raise a statue to the Methodist circuit rider.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife Corra Harris
  • She ran away and soon returned, with a young man serious enough to have divided the pulpit with any circuit rider in the country.

    Old Ebenezer Opie Read
  • The hired man delivered himself with the intonation somewhat of a circuit rider.

  • Where was the great glare of yellow light that the "circuit rider" had told about—and the leaping tongues of fire?

  • I know I sat up ever so stiff and tried to look just as if I had been a circuit rider for forty years or so.

British Dictionary definitions for circuit rider

circuit rider

(US & Canadian) (formerly) a minister of religion who preached from place to place along an established circuit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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