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The "money bag" emoji (💰).

The term bagman (or bag man) has different meanings in different countries. "Bagman" is a term for a traveling salesman, mainly a British usage. The first known use of the term occurred in 1808.[1] It can also mean a tramp or homeless man.[2][3]

Bagman is also used just to mean assistant in military or police contexts as seen in the series Endeavour. Though it connotes someone who carries a bag of money, the term may also apply to a person who performs other small tasks, such as the personal aide to the US President.[4]

It can mean a person who is a political fundraiser or is responsible for the financial side of a political campaign, the person who solicits donations. In part this has also led to the meaning of a person who solicits bribes for a public official. [5][1] It can be a person or paymaster designated to collect or distribute illicitly gained money ("dirty money"), such as bribes, or money that is collected in a criminal enterprise, such as a "protection racket" or in the running of a numbers racket. A bagman may also act as an intermediary in such transactions. A bagman may also be known as a delivery boy or running man, and he may receive a fraction of the money collected.[1][6][7][8][9]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Definition of BAGMAN". Definition of Bagman by Merriam-Webster. 2019-06-24. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  2. ^ "Definition of bagman". 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  3. ^ "bagman (noun) definition and synonyms". Macmillan Dictionary. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  4. ^ Donnelley, P. Assassination!. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-908963-03-1. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  5. ^ "Bagman". Lexico Dictionaries | English. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  6. ^ "Nigel Wright's role as party bagman deserves scrutiny: McQuaig". Toronto Star. 4 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Iran and Argentina: The Defectors' Tale: O'Grady". The Wall Street Journal. 22 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National". The New Yorker. 2019-06-24. Retrieved 2019-10-31.
  9. ^ Higgins, Jack; Robinson, Patrick (2019-10-31). "Bagman definition and meaning". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 2019-10-31.