bagman

bagman

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

Origin:
1525–35, for an earlier literally sense; bag + man1

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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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