rodbuster

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Etymology[edit]

rod +‎ buster

Noun[edit]

rodbuster (plural rodbusters)

  1. (slang, construction) A concrete-reinforcing ironworker.
    • 1993, Archie Green, Wobblies, Pile Butts, and Other Heroes: Laborlore Explorations, page 4
      Present-day construction "stiffs" relish explanation of such nicknames as pile butt, rod buster, rust eater, tin knocker, and wood butcher, as well as tales about what these "hands" do.