Share this entry

Share this page

spoilsman

Syllabification: spoils·man
Pronunciation: /ˈspoilzmən
 
/

Definition of spoilsman in English:

noun (plural spoilsmen)

US
A person who seeks to profit by the spoils system; a person who supports this system.
Example sentences
  • He is remembered as the political spoilsman who surprised his country with an honest administration.
  • I have made the Commission a living force, and in consequence the outcry among the spoilsmen has become furious.
  • Although American political parties are never celebrated for having sharp differences of principle, the great age of the spoilsmen was notable for elevating crass hunger for office to a common credo.

Definition of spoilsman in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day Sprachgefühl
Pronunciation: ˈʃprɑːxɡəˌfuːl
noun
intuitive understanding of a language’s natural idiom…