Definition of spoilsman in English:

spoilsman

noun

US
  • A person who supports or seeks to profit by the spoils system.

    • ‘Although American political parties are never celebrated for having sharp differences of principle, the great age of the spoilsmen was notable for elevating crass hunger for office to a common credo.’
    • ‘In paying homage to his political spoilsman and teacher, he had only narrowly been spared a potentially disastrous appointment.’
    • ‘Punning on the political spoilsman, he produced three volumes of war correspondence from the viewpoint of a tipsy literary bohemian among the common soldiers.’
    • ‘The State University is exposed to the rapacity of the party spoilsman.’
    • ‘I have made the Commission a living force, and in consequence the outcry among the spoilsmen has become furious.’
    • ‘Democracy must be salvaged from the hands of spoilsmen and politicians.’
    • ‘As a theoretical civil service reformer Mr. Lodge left nothing to be desired; as a practical spoilsman he had few equals.’
    • ‘Clinton served seven terms as governor of New York, and, although he was never a political spoilsman in the sense that his nephew, DeWitt Clinton, was, he laid the basis for the Republican party in New York.’
    • ‘In excluding spoilsmen from public office, the reformers were, in a sense, engaged in a negative work: that of ‘keeping the rascals out.’’
    • ‘Far from being cynical spoilsmen or naive incompetents, individuals whose presidencies provide studies in ineptitude, Garfield and Arthur emerge as men of considerable ability.’
    • ‘He was a follower of Jackson, and a spoilsman.’
    • ‘He introduced a tough moral fiber into a government grown flabby; he was fearless in pursuing what he believed to be right policy, offending the spoilsmen of the party when he refused to fire competent Republicans.’
    • ‘He is remembered as the political spoilsman who surprised his country with an honest administration.’
    • ‘Cleveland dismissed these complaints as the howls of old Jacksonian spoilsmen and wild-eyed currency reformers, among whom he counted his vice president.’
    • ‘The image reinforces the notion of them as twin spoilsmen, nourishing themselves on government largesse.’
    • ‘The Republican spoilsmen had long been hostile to him.’
    • ‘But the sudden successes of the party in the State elections of 1841 revived the hopes of the old spoilsmen, and flattered them with the hope of again succeeding.’

Pronunciation

spoilsman

/ˈspɔɪlzmən/