Topsman

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Topsman The chief drover of those who drive a herd of cattle.
    • Topsman The uppermost sawyer in a saw pit; a topman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n topsman Same as topman, 2.
    • n topsman A chief or head cattle-drover; a foreman or bailiff.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Topsman a head-drover, a foreman
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. top; Ger. zopf.

Usage

In literature:

There he is fixed; and the topsman, who is generally an adept at the business, dresses the foot.
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie
I shall never come to the scragging-post, unless you turn topsman, Dick Turpin.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
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