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1A worker at a building site who supervises the use of vehicles and heavy machinery.‘the driver had no banksman to help him before he reversed’
2A person who works at the mouth of a mine shaft or pit, supervising the loading of coal and the lowering and raising of the cage.‘a banksman was at the top of the shaft’
Late 16th century (in banksman (sense 2)): from bank in the sense ‘area surrounding the top of a shaft or the mouth of a pit’ + man.
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