Definition of tobyman in English:



  • A man who held up travellers at gunpoint in order to rob them; a highwayman.

    • ‘Although his career on the road lasted for less than two years, he made as much noise in the world as any other high tobyman.’
    • ‘Mr. Witherington incontinently fired both pistols point-blank at that scarlet-coated tobyman, but the rascal never so much as flinched under the fire.’
    • ‘He was a no less distinguished personage than Tom King, a noted Tobyman of his time, who obtained, from his appearance and address, the sobriquet of the 'Gentleman Highwayman'.’
    • ‘Horse patrols have put these cursed tobymen to flight, but only nearer London.’
    • ‘High tobymen had yielded the field to low tobymen, and roadside thieving had lost its traditional panache.’
    bandit, brigand, robber, outlaw, ruffian, desperado, plunderer, marauder, raider, ravager, pillager, freebooter, criminal, thug, gangster
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