One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US A person living far from civilization.
- ‘American bushrangers advocate a long heavy pea-rifle, on the plea of its accurate shooting, and the enormous saving in weight of ammunition when bullets of a small size are used.’
2NZ Australian historical An outlaw living in the bush.
- ‘The state was humiliated in the 1860s by a spectacular revival of bushranging, when bushrangers for the first time became national heroes, their exploits carried by telegraph and newspaper Australia-wide.’
- ‘He fell foul of the police at an early age, was befriended by a local bushranger, and at 15 was imprisoned for three years on horse stealing charges.’
- ‘Like many bushrangers, he was Irish in origin, the son of a father with a lurid, criminal past, and a mother with a fiery temper, a taste for strong liquor and grizzled lovers.’
- ‘The bushranger was hanged in Melbourne in 1880 after being captured in a shoot-out with police in the small town of Glenrowan, Victoria.’
- ‘This is no ordinary bushranger, but a man pushed too far, fighting not just for himself but his class.’
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