government man

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government man (plural government men)

  1. A representative of the government.
  2. A supporter of the government.
  3. (Australia, euphemistic, obsolete or historical) A convict.

Usage notes[edit]

The term convict was considered an insult in early colonial Australia, government man was the approved euphemism.[1] See convict for other terms.


  1. ^ 1987, Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore, paperback ISBN 1-86046-150-6, page xi.