traveling salesman


Definition of traveling salesman

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

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McArthur, now 67, moved to the Toronto area around 2000 and previously lived in a suburb where he was married, raised two children and worked as a traveling salesman of underwear and socks. Rob Gillies, The Seattle Times, "Canada prosecutor: Serial killer staged photos of victims," 5 Feb. 2019 The problem works like this: imagine you’re a traveling salesman flying from city to city selling your wares. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Single Cell Hints at a Solution to the Biggest Problem in Computer Science," 27 Dec. 2018 The Keio University researchers used this efficiency to build a device to solve the traveling salesman problem. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Single Cell Hints at a Solution to the Biggest Problem in Computer Science," 27 Dec. 2018 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

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1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of traveling salesman was in 1885

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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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a servile follower or underling

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