boodler

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Etymology[edit]

boodle +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

boodler (plural boodlers)

  1. One, especially a politician, who seeks or receives boodle; a political grafter.
    • 1894, William T. Stead, If Christ Came to Chicago: A Plea for the Union of All Who Love in the Service of All Who Suffer, Part III, Chapter 1:
      Boodlers, according to the dealers in boodle, are divided into two categories, the honest and the dishonest boodlers. The honest boodler is the alderman who, when bought, stays bought,' and does not sell out to the other side; the dishonest boodler is perfectly willing to take money from both sides and dispose of his vote, not according to the first bid, but the last.
    • 1904, O. Henry, Cabbages and Kings, Chapter 6: "The Phonograph and the Graft":
      I guess it kept him reminded about his graft whenever he saw the siren voice of the boodler tip him the wink with a bribe in its hand.
    • 1904, Claude Hazeltine Wetmore, The Battle Against Bribery: Being the Only Complete Narrative of Joseph W. Folk's Warfare on Boodlers, Including Also the Story of the Get-rich-quick Concerns and the Exposure of Bribery in the Missouri Legislature, Chapter IV:
      One might suppose that this flood of summonses caused consternation. It did not, because the boodlers were too strongly entrenched to fear an attack; bribery had been too long rampant to expect a sudden pruning and too many prominent St. Louisans were involved to permit the esclandre going very far.
    • 1914, Theodore Dreiser, The Titan, Chapter LXI:
      "Hey, Pinski! You old boodler! How much do you expect to get out of this traction business?" (This from a voice somewhere in the rear.)
      Mr. Pinski (turning to one side as if pinched in the neck). "The man that says I am a boodler is a liar! I never took a dishonest dollar in my life, and everybody in the Fourteenth Ward knows it."
  2. (slang, baseball, dated, 19th century) A person displaying unsportsmanlike behavior.

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