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roustabout

noun roust·about \ˈras-tə-ˌbat\

: a worker in an oil field, at a circus, etc., whose job requires strength but little skill

Full Definition of ROUSTABOUT

1
a :  deckhand
b :  longshoreman
2
:  an unskilled or semiskilled laborer especially in an oil field or refinery
3
:  a circus worker who erects and dismantles tents, cares for the grounds, and handles animals and equipment
4
:  a person with no permanent home or regular occupation; also :  one who stirs up trouble
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Examples of ROUSTABOUT

  1. <sought work as a roustabout on the city's seedy waterfront>

First Known Use of ROUSTABOUT

1868

Related to ROUSTABOUT

Synonyms
docker [chiefly British], dockhand, longshoreman, dockworker, rouster, stevedore

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