One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In early use: a man who sells pins. In later use: a man who collects, sells, or trades souvenir pins or badges. Now rare.
2A figure of a person drawn in short straight lines without appreciable breadth; a matchstick figure.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Crys of London. From pin + man.
pin man/ˈpɪn man/
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