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broomie (plural broomies)
- (informal) A person who wields a broom.
2005, Bernie DeKoven, Junkyard Sports, page 37:
- Two players are named broomies, and each is positioned at either end of the court. Each has two brooms.
- (informal, Australia) A person who sweeps the floor and possibly does other menial tasks in a shearing shed.
1913, New South Wales Dept of Agriculture, The Agricultural Gazette of New South Wales, volume 23, page 872:
- In some big single-board sheds, where pickers-up and broomies have to dodge shearers who are continually crossing the board, plenty of space is necessary, and the board should not be less than 10 feet wide.
1990, John Bernard D′Arcy, Sheep Management and Wool Technology, page 103:
- The ′broomie′, or board boy, should keep the wool pushed up to the lamb being shorn.
- (informal, US) A broomtail (unbroken range mare).
1927, David M. Newell, Cougars & Cowboys, page 134:
- In the lead of the broomies ran a beautiful cream buckskin, with black mane flying proudly!
- 1972 August, Adrienne Richard, Sundance and the Princess, Boys' Life, page 22,
- A broomtail, we called it, and usually broomies had their tails “pulled,” trimmed up, when they were broken to saddle, but I didn't want Sundance′s tail cut.
1989, Stella Hughes, Hashknife Cowboy: Recollections of Mack Hughes, page 165:
- One day after corralling a bunch of broomies in a pole corral, I roped a big blue-roan mare that wore a brand.