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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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He despised small game and insignificant personalities, whether in the shape of dukes or bagmen, letting them go by like sea-weed; but show him a refined or powerful face, let him hear a plangent or a penetrating voice, fish for him with a living look in some one's eye, a passionate gesture, a meaning and ambiguous smile, and his mind was instantaneously awakened.
In the lower window are seen two bagmen playing apparently at the game of cribbage, over which they yawn much.
She uses the warming-pan as a weapon wherewith she wards off the attention of the bagmen. She exits.
There is the low, dark wainscoted room hung with sporting prints; the hat-stand (with a whip or two standing up in it belonging to bagmen who are still snug in bed) by the door; the blazing fire, with the quaint old glass over the mantelpiece, in which is stuck a large card with the list of the meets for the week of the county hounds; the table covered with the whitest of cloths and of china, and bearing a pigeon-pie, ham, round of cold boiled beef cut from a mammoth ox, and the great loaf of household bread on a wooden trencher.
Panfilo Lacson as payola recipients, collectors, bagmen as well as bribe givers and big players of smuggling at the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
He believes that no matter who happens to be President, we have become a nation held in a vice grip by powerful billionaires, corrupt multinational corporations and their bagmen: the politicians and lobbyists who carry out their agendas.
There are no records indicating that two of the alleged bagmen of Vice President Jejomar Binay had already fled out of the country contrary to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claim, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said.
Besides the iconic protagonist, there is a determined cop and a political reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, in addition to a regular group of old-time bagmen to round out the cast, with a terrific conclusion to it all.