highwayman

noun
high·​way·​man | \ˈhī-ˌwā-mən \

Definition of highwayman 

: a thief who robs travelers on a road

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What started as the usual conduct by the highwaymen in the Freedom Caucus is now spreading. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "The House is revolting," 25 May 2018 The story the museum tells is laced with human connections and studded with violence, from wartime bombs to pirate attacks on postal ships to highwaymen's raids on mail coaches. Jill Lawless, Detroit Free Press, "Mail Rail lets tourists visit London's secret postal railway," 29 July 2017 The story the museum tells is laced with human connections and studded with violence, from wartime bombs to pirate attacks on postal ships to highwaymen’s raids on mail coaches. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Mail Rail lets tourists visit London’s secret postal railway," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of highwayman

1617, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of highwayman was in 1617

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highwayman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of highwayman

: a man especially in the past who stopped travelers on roads and robbed them

highwayman

noun
high·​way·​man | \ˈhī-ˌwā-mən \
plural highwaymen\-​mən \

Kids Definition of highwayman

: a man who robbed travelers on a road in past centuries

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