body man

noun

Definition of body man

1 : a man whose job is to repair automotive bodies
  • … the body man works a smooth-ended instrument forcefully along the dent so that the sheet metal slowly resumes its original form.
  • —Frank R. HotchkissWashington Times16 Nov. 2001
2 US, politics : a male personal assistant to a political candidate or politician
  • Every modern presidential candidate has a factotum, or “body man,” typically an ambitious Washington junkie, overqualified to schlep bags but eager to shake high-powered hands.
  • —Jodi WilgorenNew York Times28 Apr. 2004
  • … he costars as Gary Walsh, the loyal assistant who serves as “the body man,” i.e. the person who totes the veep's papers and accessories and whispers handy reminders when she doesn't know someone's name.
  • —Julie HindsDetroit Free Press22 Apr. 2012

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First Known Use of body man

1919


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