candy man

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See also: candyman and candy-man


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candy man (plural candy men)

  1. (chiefly US, euphemistic, slang) A drug dealer.
    • 2015, John Holt, chapter 6, in The Candy Man, page 33:
      “So your friend was into drugs, is that what you’re saying. He’s a Candy Man. That’s some friend to have, I don’t think.” She looked puzzled. “Candy Man,” she repeated. “I don’t understand.” A Candy Man is a slang term for a drug dealer,” I explained.
  2. (dated) A person who sells sweets, especially a sidewalk or street vendor.
    • 1859, T. S. Arthur, chapter 18, in Trials and Confessions of a Housekeeper:
      "There comes the candy-man!" exclaimed a little fellow, pressing up to the side of the lady. "Quick, ma! Here, candy-man!" calling after an old man with a tin cylinder under his arm.


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