Definition of bagman in English:



  • 1Australian US NZ informal An agent who collects or distributes the proceeds of illicit activities.

    • ‘It includes a column each for each bagman/shark, organized vertically with the relevant yacht, how much Duke scored from the given bagman, which house he helped with, and so forth.’
    • ‘Currently in a middleweight state, he delivers a good turn here, as does the barrel-chested James as the millionaire's grizzled bagman.’
    • ‘Freelance bagmen by the barriers hold up fingers to communicate the prices to punters too far back to hear the odds they're shouting: money is passed back and forth over the heads of the crowd in anxious, but honest, fistfuls.’
    • ‘But still, the man could sing like nobody else, even if he did have a tasty little part-time job as a Mafia bagman.’
    • ‘PC was a car-dealer turned bagman for a three-year president of Brazil later impeached for corruption.’
    • ‘Finally, enough people realized what was going on and grabbed the fancy-dancers - but the bagman got away.’
    • ‘He was aided and abetted by a one-time car salesman whose verbal skills and shady book-keeping saw him become a kingmaker and bagman.’
    • ‘Picked as the ransom bagman, Callahan is run ragged by Scorpio, but eventually the pair meet in the dead of night in a lonely park (with Chico lurking in the background).’
    • ‘A very peculiar, literate yet threatening bagman, Fred, accosts him.’
    • ‘The gang stole purses or pulled jewellery from women on buses or in cars, he became an expert pickpocket, lookout and bagman for the gang.’
    • ‘Pitt is playing one of his loose-limbed slacker roles, Jerry Welbach, a hapless bagman already in debt to the criminal fraternity and now ordered to do one last mobster job south of the border.’
    • ‘Four innocent bystanders were injured by ricocheting bullets when a bagman for a Pattaya loan shark opened fire on his mobile phone.’
    • ‘The money was collected nightly by Mafia bagmen, their suitcases bulging with huge quantities of disappearing cash.’
    • ‘I've seen mafia bagmen with more integrity.’
    • ‘Geoffrey Lewis plays an aging bagman buddy of Sarno who gets involved in the kidnapping affair.’
    • ‘After that he disappeared again, displaced by a parade of Mafia bagmen and enforcers, clearly thrilled by the opportunity to refresh their faded notoriety.’
    • ‘And, just about every day, I drove past the so-called bagman of Toowong.’
    • ‘Chidduck sends his bagman, Sarno, to talk to the punks in a Mexican bordello where they're hiding out.’
    • ‘They are now learning that the bagman was allegedly operating a one-for-you, two-for-me scheme.’
  • 2Canadian A political fundraiser.

    ‘for a brief time he was chief bagman for both the provincial Liberal and Conservative parties’
    • ‘In essence, these select fund-raisers serve as bagmen for the president.’
    • ‘Victory flows from the pouch of a bagman as much as the barrel of a gun.’
    • ‘These lobbyists are like bagmen spreading manna from media heaven.’
    • ‘There are bagmen who continue to dole out largesse, including brown bags of cash to certain helpful officials at Christmas time.’
    • ‘Infighting is not confined to politicians and their bagmen: they're at it in academe too.’
  • 3British dated, informal A travelling salesman.

    • ‘He was attracted to the idea of the travelling salesman or "bagman" as a commonplace figure of the poetic wanderer, the flaneur, the 18th century bachelor.’
    • ‘It encourages the “tick” trader and the travelling bagman to persuade people to buy in the belief that they will not have to pay all at once, that they can pay in instalments.’
    • ‘They were written in the buttonholing style of a bagman selling the latest thing in hoovers and washing machines.’
    • ‘Then, as naively as if he were a bagman selling rubbish to a fool, Chullunder unfolded his proposal to the gravely nodding woman.’
    • ‘William continued to run the business alone and because of his natural ability as a salesman, he was nicknamed 'Billy the Bagman'.’