Definition of busman in English:



  • A driver of a bus.

    • ‘Bradford busmen have voted to strike in support of the one-day stoppage by council and Health Service manual workers.’
    • ‘A museum spokesman said: ‘There are still a few old busmen around who remember her, and even a very select bunch driving buses today who passed their test on her over 30 years ago.’’
    • ‘One day strikes by busmen and public service workers gave the crisis-hit North-west its worst dose of Monday blues for years today.’
    • ‘Mrs Parnham printed new copies due to the continued public interest in the picture, and sees the busmen's appeal as an appropriate beneficiary.’
    • ‘Mark McGorran must have a busman as part of his heritage.’
    • ‘The first results came from London Transport busmen and showed ‘an extraordinary difference between the drivers and the conductors on double decker buses.’’
    • ‘The 29 cyclists joined Keighley & District Travel's three busmen, who are cycling from John O'Groats to Land's End, on the five-mile challenge to race the train between Keighley and Oxenhope stations on Sunday.’
    • ‘Sikh busmen in Wolverhampton have won the right to wear turbans on duty after a long-running campaign.’
    • ‘Back in 1982 four musical busmen formed a folk band called Cheapside and were riding high.’
    • ‘Wage increases to local bus workers, accepted by a conference of busmen yesterday, will cost the company £43,700 per year, said its general manger.’
    • ‘On the bus strike, Mr Walsh said it was wrong that people should have to work excessive hours to get a living wage, and the hours of a lot of dockers and busmen were really excessive.’
    • ‘The concert raised several hundred pounds for the festival's adopted charity, the planned Cycling for Life ride by three Keighley busmen.’
    • ‘In New York City 3,500 busmen struck, leaving 1,300 busses stalled, inconveniencing almost a million New Yorkers.’
    • ‘Thousands of commuters were hit by a ‘no warning’ lightning strike by 6,000 Greater Manchester busmen.’
    • ‘Frustrated, our busman got off I - 10 and double-clutched down onto surface streets before making a right on Highway 61.’
    • ‘I sprang out of the seat, hit the red button and thanked the busman.’
    • ‘Three busmen, who are cycling from John O’ Groats to Land's End, have launched an interactive map on the eve of their marathon effort.’
    • ‘Private busmen and co-drivers try to intimidate you, especially if a woman is behind the wheel.’


  • a busman's holiday

    • A holiday or form of recreation that involves doing the same thing that one does at work.

      ‘a fire crew's Christmas outing turned into a busman's holiday when their coach caught fire’
      • ‘It is a working summer holiday, a busman's holiday - you come over, get muddy and call it a holiday.’
      • ‘By planning to cook and paint (another talent) his way across the country, with radio interviews and promotions en route, the trip will be something of a busman's holiday.’
      • ‘‘There's nothing on that list that is a beach read, or even a busman's holiday,’ Peter Osnos, of the PublicAffairs publishing house, told the Los Angeles Times.’
      • ‘Going out for a meal would be a bit of a busman's holiday.’
      • ‘Indeed, it would be hard to think of a more clubbable bunch than the society of nations, with their endless get-togethers and busman's holidays.’
      • ‘But the moment his superiors in Greater Manchester Police heard about it, the Stockport officer's self-funded trip to America turned into a busman's holiday.’
      • ‘As a Transit Information Center representative who gives out route info over the phone, he's doing his version of a busman's holiday.’
      • ‘Having recently completed the music for the new Harry Potter film, Cocker takes a busman's holiday to play a few of his favourite records.’
      • ‘I've had eight years with the under-21s and regard it as a busman's holiday.’
      • ‘Harold, of Breightmet, Bolton, said: ‘It certainly was a busman's holiday.’’