One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Originally and chiefly US. At a rodeo: a person who takes the horse out of the arena once it has thrown its rider.
2US. A person who collects money on behalf of a bookmaker, a person running a numbers game, etc. Now rare.
1920s (in an earlier sense). From pickup + man.
pickup man/ˈpɪkʌp man/
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