stee·​ple·​jack | \ ˈstē-pəl-ˌjak How to pronounce steeplejack (audio) \

Definition of steeplejack

: a person whose work is building smokestacks, towers, or steeples or climbing up the outside of them to paint and make repairs

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Recent Examples on the Web Jim Phelan, a steeplejack who installs and repairs flagpoles, remembers a childhood visit to the Bolander plant, when Larry Sr. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "Flagpole firm withstands winds of change," 7 Apr. 2018 When City Hall’s flagpole ropes busted two weeks ago, maintenance supervisor Daynon Arrington couldn’t find a steeplejack in Kansas City. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Steeplejack Jim Phelan climbs Kansas City's city hall flagpole | The Kansas City Star," 20 Dec. 2017 The 15-year-old junior steeplejack will also be charged with a curfew violation. Bruce Geiselman,, "Police blame drunken driver for destroying fire hydrant: Westlake police blotter," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of steeplejack

1852, in the meaning defined above

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“Steeplejack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of steeplejack

old-fashioned : a person who repairs chimneys, towers, etc.

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