lamplighter

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From lamp +‎ lighter

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlæmpˌlaɪ.tə(ɹ)/

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lamplighter (plural lamplighters)

  1. (historical) A person employed to light streetlights at dusk and snuff them at dawn.
    • 1905, E. W. Hornung, A Thief in the Night
      I did the hurdles over two or three garden-walls, but so did the flyer who was on my tracks, and he drove me back into the straight and down to High Street like any lamplighter.

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