bindle stiff


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bin′dle stiff`

(ˈbɪn dl)
n.
a hobo.
[1895–1900, Amer.; bindle a hobo's bundle (obscurely akin to bundle) + stiff]
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Pragmatic and exclusionist craft unions sought to represent segments of the emergent skilled workforce, while the Industrial Workers of the World championed the undesirable "bindle stiffs." Notable strikes include a 1903 conflict between craft and industrial unionists as the United Brotherhood of Railway Employees sought to organize the entire Canadian Pacific Railway.
First up is the Bindle Stiffs. It's a bunch of local Phoenix area guys who skate (Mike, the drummer and singer, has an empty pool in his backyard, and Jimmy Moore has been known to sit in on the harmonica).