One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US A police officer in charge of a patrol.
- ‘The woman who lost two husbands and two sons to violent deaths has now come across another formidable foe in this legendary police roundsman.’
- ‘Contrary to instructions, this roundsman chose to do what he was employed to do in an improper way.’
- ‘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.’
2British A person on a regular route delivering and taking orders for milk, bread, etc.; a route man.
shopkeeper, retailer, vendor, merchant, dealer, trader, supplier, stockistView synonyms
- ‘The roundsmen raced from house to house, arms laden with milk bottles, while the horses ambled steadily forwards.’
- ‘Technology has also transformed the working life of a roundsman.’
- ‘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.’
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