highwayman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n highwayman a holdup man who stops a vehicle and steals from it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Highwayman One who robs on the public road; a highway robber.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n highwayman A robber on the highway; one who robs passengers in public roads or places.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Highwayman a robber who attacks people on the public way
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héah; Goth. hauhs, Ice. hár, Ger. hoch.

Usage

In literature:

He had once lived for some time in Chicago as a highwayman.
"A Woman at Bay" by Nicholas Carter
In the prison is a wretched highwayman who has committed murder and who deserves death.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
We praise the banker that we may overdraw our account, and find good qualities in the highwayman in the hope that he may spare our pockets.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Are you a horse thief as well as highwayman?
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
So the highwayman had the worst of the meeting on that occasion.
"A Hundred Years by Post" by J. Wilson Hyde
I was in very truth a highwayman, for unaware I had stolen the travellers' treasure.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
All I've ye heard is that he's in a prison under the accusation of being a highwayman.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
An highwayman, thought I; and I remembered that I had little money upon me.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
I thought you was a highwayman.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
Realizing this, Underwood continued his depredations until he became a sort of social highwayman.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
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In poetry:

The road that leads to Jericho,
By thieves is still beset,
For Kaiser Bill, the highwayman,
Is there already yet.
"The Modern Good Samaritan" by Abner Cosens
No highwayman's trot blew the night-wind
To me so life-weary,
But only the creak of the gibbets
Or wagoners' jee.
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
Across the lonely common, too, intent
Upon his trade of plunder, it is told,
How riding, laced and visored, came and went
The highwayman of old.
"Four Miles From Any Town" by David Gow
Why has no one great or glorious,
Famous, or at least notorious —
Author, actor, or highwayman,
Poet, prophet, priest or layman,
Ever chosen to appear
Then on this sublunary sphere?
"A Complaint" by Cicely Fox Smith
All nature, dear Chloris, is blooming to greet
The glance of your eye and the tread of your feet;
For the trails are all open, the roads are all free,
And the highwayman's whistle is heard on the lea.
"California Madrigal" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

A big 'thank you' to Highwayman Robert Lewis.
Gotta pay the highwayman to sell apartments without a parking garage.
Out of Santa Barbara's dusty history, to the sound of thundering hoofbeats, comes not the valiant Lone Ranger but a deadly Irish gambler and highwayman, Jack Powers.
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