barrow man

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Alluding to the convicts at Woolwich, who are principally employed in wheeling barrows full of brick or dirt.

Noun[edit]

barrow man (plural barrow men)

  1. (idiomatic, archaic) A man under sentence of transportation;

References[edit]

Grose, Francis, The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue / Lexicon Balatronicum: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence: altered and enlarged (London; 1811)