bag·​man | \ ˈbag-mən How to pronounce bagman (audio) \

Definition of bagman

1 chiefly British : traveling salesman
2 : a person who on behalf of another collects or distributes illicitly gained money broadly : an intermediary in an illicit or unethical transaction

Examples of bagman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As part of an ensemble that pushed political satire to cynical and expletive extremes, Mr. Hale won both his Emmys for playing the bagman to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s White House bumbler, Selina Meyer. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 29 June 2021 Asked outside court if Pietrzyk was a bagman in the scheme, his attorney, Robert Singer of Williamsville, New York, provided a nuanced answer. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 22 Oct. 2019 Roberts served as Ike’s financial adviser and executor, and, after Roberts helped arrange his run for President, as his bagman. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 14 June 2019 Whatever the answer, Zinke has become a bagman for an administration that wants to cut the program’s funding to a historic low. Elliott D. Woods, Outside Online, 6 June 2018 Chris Mack has emphatically denied any tie to Miller or Christian Dawkins, the associate-slash- bagman. Paul Daugherty,, 23 Feb. 2018 The white-suited bagman, a fixture since 1993 and one of his best friends, wasn't sure. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 30 Mar. 2018 The Feds have evidence suggesting former Xavier point guard Edmond Sumner and his father took $7,000 in cash advances from a bagman for a former NBA agent named Andy Miller. Paul Daugherty,, 23 Feb. 2018 And there was this friendly guy who could only be called his bagman. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 13 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of bagman

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bagman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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