sidewalk superintendent

noun

: 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, chicagotribune.com, 27 June 2018 He was fascinated by construction projects and spent countless hours as a sidewalk superintendent, observing constructions in progress. Henry Petroski, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sidewalk superintendent was in 1921

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“Sidewalk superintendent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sidewalk%20superintendent. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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