traveling salesman

noun

Definition of traveling salesman 

: a traveling representative of a business concern who solicits orders usually in an assigned territory

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Hickey, a traveling salesman and perennial life of the party, doesn’t make his entrance until nearly an hour into show. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In an Energized ‘Iceman,’ the Drinks are on Denzel," 26 Apr. 2018 Derby Dinner Playhouse presents this classic musical about a traveling salesman who comes to a small town with a plan to sell the town folk on the idea of organizing a boy band. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "8 theater & comedy acts Aug. 3-9," 2 Aug. 2017 Cattlemen, railroad workers, traveling salesmen stomped under Chambers’ little pagoda porch with its concrete bamboo supports. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "Sex in the city: Where prostitution once flourished in KC | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 But my high school–educated traveling salesman grandfather's unlikely fascination with jade is alive within me, passed along as surely as eye color or musical ability. Augusten Burroughs, Town & Country, "Augusten Burroughs On His Unlikely Passion for Jade Jewelry," 15 Sep. 2016 And the road rage is palpable and knuckle-clenching as a traveling salesman tries to avoid getting run off the road and killed by a vengeful big rig driver. 20. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "All of Steven Spielberg's movies (including 'Ready Player One'), ranked," 28 Mar. 2018 Gustorf was a traveling salesman and built the home as a tourist attraction. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's famous 'boat house' is for sale again," 27 Mar. 2018 Candacy Taylor, a writer who has catalogued sites in the Green Book that still exist, said Green distributed the guide through postal workers and traveling salesmen. Rhonda Colvin, Washington Post, "Some Americans are afraid to explore their own country, concerns that evoke the Jim Crow-era Green Book," 26 Jan. 2018 Worn out from his life on the road as a traveling salesman, the barely awake Gregor Samsa thinks he’s caught a bug. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Gigante's 'Metamorphosis,' life squashes salesman like a bug," 26 Jan. 2018

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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traveling salesman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of traveling salesman

: a person whose job is to travel to different places in a particular area and to sell products or get orders from customers

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