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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Aide to ex-UAW VP, GM board member pleads guilty in corruption probe," 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, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 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, "Ryan Zinke Is Sabotaging Our Best Public Lands Program," 6 June 2018 Chris Mack has emphatically denied any tie to Miller or Christian Dawkins, the associate-slash- bagman. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Xavier collateral damage in FBI's NCAA basketball probe," 23 Feb. 2018 The white-suited bagman, a fixture since 1993 and one of his best friends, wasn't sure. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Fan favorite Phil Mickelson still pushing for grand slam glory," 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,, "Paul Daugherty: Xavier collateral damage in FBI's NCAA basketball probe," 23 Feb. 2018 And there was this friendly guy who could only be called his bagman. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Where Is the Integrity?," 13 Sep. 2017 Its triad of main characters consists of Eddie Kerrigan, a bagman for a penny-ante racketeer; his charismatic daughter Anna; and Dexter Styles, a dapper nightclub owner and a big cheese in a major crime syndicate. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "The Best New Fiction," 29 Sep. 2017

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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 11 Apr. 2021.

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