One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man who held up travellers at gunpoint in order to rob them; a highwayman.
bandit, brigand, robber, outlaw, ruffian, desperado, plunderer, marauder, raider, ravager, pillager, freebooter, criminal, thug, gangsterView synonyms
- ‘Horse patrols have put these cursed tobymen to flight, but only nearer London.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘High tobymen had yielded the field to low tobymen, and roadside thieving had lost its traditional panache.’
- ‘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'.’
- ‘Mr. Witherington incontinently fired both pistols point-blank at that scarlet-coated tobyman, but the rascal never so much as flinched under the fire.’
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