bindlestiff

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bin·dle·stiff

 (bĭn′dl-stĭf′)
n.
A hobo, especially one who carries a bedroll.

[bindle, bundle (probably from German dialectal bindel, from Middle High German bündel, from binden, to bind, from Old High German binten; see bhendh- in Indo-European roots) + stiff.]
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HOBOES, BINDLESTIFFS, FRUIT TRAMPS, AND THE HARVESTING OF THE WEST
The men, women, and children variously called bindlestiffs, fruit tramps, bums, and hoboes were vital to the creation of the West and its economy, yet their history has been largely untold.
Later that night a couple of our homies' bands played: Dean's band, Gehenna, and Mechanic's band, the Bindlestiffs.
HOBOES: BINDLESTIFFS, FRUIT TRAMPS, AND THE HARVESTING OF THE WEST provides an outstanding history considering the relationship between works and owners and the migrant agricultural workers who come from around the world to work factory fields.
And as historian Mark Wyman writes in his new book, Hoboes: Bindlestiffs, Fruit Tramps, and the Harvesting of the West (Farrat, Straus and Giroux), they carried some heavy lingo with them:
One of Indispensable Outcasts's considerable strengths is the manner in which Higbie weaves the Wobblies into the fabric of the whole book, rather than confining them to the typical chapter on unionization drives and free speech fights among the bindlestiffs.
He or she was different most of all because of a message that was explained, preached, and sung around the campfires of bindlestiffs (agricultural workers carrying bedrolls or bindles) and timber wolves (lumber workers); at the mess hall or commissary of hard rock miners and seamen; on the streets of mill villages but also in the social halls of Finnish-American, Hungarian, or Russian immigrants; across the borders in Canada and Mexico by men and women who moved from one job to another; and, for a while, even in the parlors of Greenwich Village.
From the Gutter to the Glitter: A Night Out with the Bindlestiffs, The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.
Street's picture of the social world of the bindlestiff at the turn of the century is particularly rich: Tens of thousands of men spent the winters "laid up" in LA, San Francisco, Sacramento and elsewhere in skid-row flophouses, a world of greasy spoons, shoplifting and "Mexican bargain basement" prostitutes, where they dealt with bedbugs, bad teeth and brawling.