sidewalk superintendent

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sidewalk superintendent (plural sidewalk superintendents)

  1. (construction) A passer-by or other person who watches work at a construction project from a sidewalk or other vantage point.
    • 1962 January 14, “Builder to Start on the Top Floor; Method Among Experiments Authorized”, in New York Times:
      Even the most occasional sidewalk superintendent knows that in the construction of a tall building the first floor is put in before the second