noun, plural linemen.
Also, linesman. a person who installs or repairs telephone, telegraph, or other wires.
Football. one of the players in the line, as a center, guard, tackle, or end.
Surveying. a person who marks the positions of a survey mark with a range pole or the like.

1855–60; line1 + -man

underlineman, noun, plural underlinemen.

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lineman (ˈlaɪnmən)
n , pl -men
1.  another name for platelayer
2.  a person who does the chaining, taping, or marking of points for a surveyor
3.  (Austral), (NZ) (formerly) the member of a beach life-saving team who controlled the line used to help drowning swimmers and surfers
4.  American football a member of the row of players who start each down positioned on either side of the line of scrimmage
5.  (US), (Canadian) another word for linesman

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Example sentences
Eventually they had to send an actual lineman out to resplice some bad connectors on the utility poles to solve our problem.
The hot apprentice must be working under the direct supervision of a journeyman lineman while performing hot work.
The lineman has his or her own preference in the type of belt and who manufactures it.
The electric department has four lineman, three power plant operators, and an electrician.
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