One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A trader's employee who goes round delivering and taking orders.‘a milk roundsman’North American term route man
shopkeeper, retailer, vendor, merchant, dealer, trader, supplier, stockistView synonyms
- ‘A milk roundsman who canvassed his employer's customers on his last day to give their business to him thereafter was held to have broken his contract.’
- ‘Technology has also transformed the working life of a roundsman.’
- ‘The roundsmen raced from house to house, arms laden with milk bottles, while the horses ambled steadily forwards.’
- ‘He was employed as a roundsman to drive his float round his round and to deliver milk, to collect empties and to obtain payment.’
2US A police officer in charge of a patrol.
- ‘The woman who lost two husbands and two sons to violent deaths has now come across another formidable foe in this legendary police roundsman.’
- ‘What has been ‘produced’ since 1970 is a stupendous reduction that no cop or police roundsman doing Sunday morning ‘intrusions’ at the homes of the bereaved in 1970 would have thought possible.’
- ‘Contrary to instructions, this roundsman chose to do what he was employed to do in an improper way.’
3Australian A journalist covering a specified subject.
- ‘Formerly the Education roundsman for The Sydney Morning Herald, he also edited the Saturday edition and co-ordinated the paper's Olympics coverage.’
- ‘ABC Radio's Sydney newsroom is still without an industrial relations reporter, more than two months after its roundsman left the job.’
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