One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A travelling sales representative.
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- ‘He was a salesman, out on the roads, what they used to call a commercial traveller.’
- ‘They were replaced either by commercial travellers representing a single firm, with catalogues and samples, or by local, casual pedlars, who were scarcely distinguishable from vagrants.’
- ‘The most obvious category of jobs of this kind is that of itinerant jobs, such as a commercial traveller.’
- ‘My dad, Jack Shepherd, was what we used to call a commercial traveller and he would take me on his rounds when he was meeting customers.’
- ‘He began writing while working as a commercial traveller.’
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