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1. Slang A person who collects money, as for racketeers.
2. Chiefly British A traveling salesman.


n, pl -men
1. (Professions) informal Brit a travelling salesman
2. (Professions) slang chiefly US a person who collects or distributes money for racketeers
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) informal chiefly Canadian a person who solicits money or subscriptions for a political party
4. (Historical Terms) history Austral a tramp or swagman, esp one on horseback
5. slang Also called: bagswinger Austral someone who takes money for a bookmaker


(ˈbægˌmæn for 1, 3; -mən for 2 )

n., pl. -men (-ˌmɛn for 1; -mən for 2 )
1. Slang. a person who collects, carries, or distributes money gained by dishonest means.
2. Brit. Informal. traveling salesman.
3. Canadian. a political fund-raiser.
[1925–30 (definition 1)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bagman - a salesman who travels to call on customersbagman - a salesman who travels to call on customers
salesman - a man salesperson
spokesperson, representative, interpreter, voice - an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose; "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
tallyman - one who sells goods on the installment plan
2.bagman - a racketeer assigned to collect or distribute payoff moneybagman - a racketeer assigned to collect or distribute payoff money
racketeer - someone who commits crimes for profit (especially one who obtains money by fraud or extortion)
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That is how Jesse Trefusis, a poor Manchester bagman, contrived to be come a plutocrat and gentleman of landed estate.
anything from a teacher of high morality to a bagman - who have won their little race.
I've got to walk over from Disham," he said, and in the heart of him could not help marveling at the pleasure which he derived from making a bagman in a train believe what he himself did not believe.
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was the only reply of the bagman, who continued to smoke with great vehemence.
If any bagman of that day could have caught sight of the little neck-or-nothing sort of gig, with a clay- coloured body and red wheels, and the vixenish, ill tempered, fast-going bay mare, that looked like a cross between a butcher's horse and a twopenny post-office pony, he would have known at once, that this traveller could have been no other than Tom Smart, of the great house of Bilson and Slum, Cateaton Street, City.
Why,' replied the one-eyed bagman, 'it was observed to creak very much on the day of the wedding; but Tom Smart couldn't say for certain whether it was with pleasure or bodily infirmity.
The bagman knew Horton was a respected CIA veteran, a former Mexican station chief who had been called back from an eight-year retirement to take over the controversial post of National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Latin America on the elite inter-agency panel that turned out the intelligence community's top-secret surveys known as Estimates.
It was the 30-year-old's first European Tour win on home soil after previous victories in Spain and India, not to mention the first with his wife Kate acting as his caddie, with his regular bagman in America on business.
BAGMAN JMark Carney ME: Yes, to buy potatoes for my nan.