sidewalk superintendent


Definition of sidewalk superintendent

: a spectator at a building or demolition job

Examples of sidewalk superintendent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the web, architecture critics and sidewalk superintendents have been piling on with nasty metaphors: An ice cube for a colossal architectural headache! Blair Kamin,, "We're only stuck with the lousy Union Station design if we fail to rethink it. Let the debate begin.," 27 June 2018 He was fascinated by construction projects and spent countless hours as a sidewalk superintendent, observing constructions in progress. Henry Petroski, WSJ, "Review: The Most Elegant Tinkerer," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sidewalk superintendent

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Sidewalk superintendent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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