Definition of sanitary man in English:

sanitary man

noun

Australian
historical
  • A person who collected excrement from areas with no sewers.

    ‘each week the sanitary man would leave two pans for each toilet’
    • ‘The sanitary man obviously hadn't been around recently.’
    • ‘Throughout my school life, I was reminded that if I didn't perform well scholastically I might end up being a sanitary man.’
    • ‘A fresh sanitary pan was replaced once a week by way of a trapdoor-like flap at the back, allowing the sanitary man to haul the used pan out and insert another.’
    • ‘"You'll take the ashes and the rubbish too?" he said to the sanitary man.’
    • ‘The sanitary man sometimes arrived at an inconvenient time.’