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road agent

(formerly) a highwayman, especially along stagecoach routes in the western U.S.
Origin of road agent
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I had taken for granted that we were hunting suspects of the road-agent persuasion.

  • She was riding away with a freebooter, a road-agent, to be held for ransom.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • It has no past; no gentleman of the road ever robbed its passengers; no road-agent nowadays would think of ‘holding it up.’

    Vistas of New York Brander Matthews
  • In other words, you're an outlaw; a soft-spoken, lazy, good-for-nothin' road-agent.

    Golden Stories Various
  • It was an article of faith with him never to argue with a road-agent.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • If you're right this road-agent, after he killed his pals, would hev rid back right through town.

  • To be held up thus in road-agent fashion, without a single means of redress!

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Leaning over she took the weapons of the road-agent from his belt, and told him to move on ahead.

  • And it was at these the road-agent gazed, a savage gleam in his piercing black eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for road-agent

road agent

(US) (formerly) a bandit who robbed stagecoaches; highwayman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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