Definition of barrow boy in English:

barrow boy


  • A boy or man who sells wares from a barrow in the street.

    • ‘Although he worked his way up from a barrow boy to running his own hotel, he admits that life would have been much easier if he had been able to read or write.’
    • ‘I asked the barrow boy if he would be able to wrap it up as a presentation bouquet.’
    • ‘Tellingly, a moment after O'Neile walked, a barrow boy who had had far fewer pirated sheets came before the same judge and found himself punished because he had been operating in the street.’
    • ‘After moving to Skipton, the former barrow boy realised there was sales potential in the then unknown continental duvet.’
    • ‘The Bolton-born barrow boy started out selling textile seconds from a box on the local market.’
    • ‘Back in October 1995, Pierpont gave a belting to a stock called Digicall, run by an English barrow boy called Stephen Morris.’
    • ‘He habitually wore shabby tweeds and a cloth cap of the kind favoured by Cockney barrow boys, also by country squires.’
    • ‘They showed us old pictures of Kingston Empire, where a barrow boy stood outside selling hot chestnuts.’
    • ‘The sound of the East End barrow boys giving their views on the market on Bloomberg, with the odd Old Etonian thrown in, is not to everyone's taste.’
    • ‘Bower describes him as the son of a docker, a barrow boy and an aspiring second-hand car dealer, as if these trades alone could be hurled as insults.’
    • ‘To watch an old-fashioned French housewife interrogating a barrow boy about the quality of his produce is to observe an artiste at work.’
    • ‘In fact, he remembered the Seventies as bonanza years for the profession. ‘There was so much money in the snooker halls,’ he recalled. ‘The reason being all the barrow boys had taken it up.’
    • ‘She's shaped the way we think about food, the way we treat the people who cook it, and, by proxy, the way it's marketed from the barrow boys to supermarkets.’
    • ‘Parchester, the family solicitor, announces that he has indeed located the heir and, to everyone's horror, brings in Bill Snibson, a cockney barrow boy from Lambeth.’
    • ‘The real reason for being a sailor is to get away from patients, bosses, aggressive barrow boys, wives, spreadsheets and diaries.’
    seller, salesperson, salesman, saleswoman, dealer, trader, tradesman, retailer, shopkeeper, shopman, shop girl, shop boy, sales assistant, assistant, wholesaler, merchant, trafficker, purveyor, supplier, stockist, marketer, marketeer, sales representative, door-to-door salesman, travelling salesman, commercial traveller
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