Definition of roundsman in US English:


nounPlural roundsmen

  • 1US A police officer in charge of a patrol.

    • ‘What has been ‘produced’ since 1970 is a stupendous reduction that no cop or police roundsman doing Sunday morning ‘intrusions’ at the homes of the bereaved in 1970 would have thought possible.’
    • ‘Contrary to instructions, this roundsman chose to do what he was employed to do in an improper way.’
    • ‘The woman who lost two husbands and two sons to violent deaths has now come across another formidable foe in this legendary police roundsman.’
  • 2British A person on a regular route delivering and taking orders for milk, bread, etc.; a route man.

    • ‘Technology has also transformed the working life of a roundsman.’
    • ‘The roundsmen raced from house to house, arms laden with milk bottles, while the horses ambled steadily forwards.’
    • ‘He was employed as a roundsman to drive his float round his round and to deliver milk, to collect empties and to obtain payment.’
    • ‘A milk roundsman who canvassed his employer's customers on his last day to give their business to him thereafter was held to have broken his contract.’
    shopkeeper, retailer, vendor, merchant, dealer, trader, supplier, stockist
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