noun (plural bagmen)
1US & Australian /NZ informal An agent who collects or distributes the proceeds of illicit activities.
- The money was collected nightly by Mafia bagmen, their suitcases bulging with huge quantities of disappearing cash.
- Finally, enough people realized what was going on and grabbed the fancy-dancers - but the bagman got away.
- Freelance bagmen by the barriers hold up fingers to communicate the prices to punters too far back to hear the odds they're shouting: money is passed back and forth over the heads of the crowd in anxious, but honest, fistfuls.
2Canadian A political fundraiser: for a brief time he was chief bagman for both the provincial Liberal and Conservative parties
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- In essence, these select fund-raisers serve as bagmen for the president.
- Infighting is not confined to politicians and their bagmen: they're at it in academe too.
- There are bagmen who continue to dole out largesse, including brown bags of cash to certain helpful officials at Christmas time.
3British informal, dated A travelling salesman.
- It encourages the tick trader and the travelling bagman to persuade people to buy in the belief that they will not have to pay all at once, that they can pay in instalments.
- They were written in the buttonholing style of a bagman selling the latest thing in hoovers and washing machines.
- Then, as naively as if he were a bagman selling rubbish to a fool, Chullunder unfolded his proposal to the gravely nodding woman.
Words that rhyme with bagmanragman, swagman
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