One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who sells illegal drugs.
- ‘Almost immediately, a scruffy youth approached me, his unkempt appearance readily identifying him as a candyman.’
- ‘Some were junkies, prowling the streets, looking for sweets from their candyman.’
Mid 19th century: from candy + man, an earlier sense denoting a ragman who gave toffee in exchange for goods.
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