One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural dogmenAustralian, NZ
A person giving directional signals to the operator of a crane, typically while sitting on the crane's load.
- ‘If they want the job, it's up to them - that is, the crane driver and the dogman - to assess how they want to do the job.’
- ‘The taskforce officer has charged the dogman with breaching the dispute resolution procedure in the Victorian Building Industry Agreement.’
- ‘He died while working as a dogman on a crane that struck overhead power lines last year.’
- ‘Under an agreement with the union, dogmen and scaffolders were supposed to receive $21.90 and labourers $20.03 per hour.’
1940s: from dog (sense 4 of the noun) + man.
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