derrickman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From derrick +‎ man.

Noun[edit]

derrickman (plural derrickmen)

  1. A member of a oil drilling rig who works on a derrick suspended above the rig floor, manhandling the drillpipe.
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 346:
      There was a movement high in the derrick; the derrickman had come off the monkey board; he was half jumping, half sliding down the ladder.

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