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- n. A person who is acclimated to living in a forest area that is far removed from civilization or modern conveniences.
- n. An uncivilized person.
- n. A Peer who is seldom present in the House of Lords of the United Kingdom Parliament, who may be encouraged to attend when a very important vote is expected.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A man living in the forest in or beyond the new settlements, especially on the western frontiers of the United States in former times.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inhabitant of the backwoods.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a man who lives on the frontier
He was always an Indian; even at his best he was a savage, just as the backwoodsman was a savage at his worst.
Wilbur thought to himself that perhaps "backwoodsman" was not quite a fair idea of the great President's Illinois upbringing, but he thought it wiser not to argue the point to no profit.
He was sixty-five, pompous, large, and rubicund -- a "backwoodsman" of a pattern obsolescent.
It wasn't just the animal cruelty but her breaking of hunting protocol -- the whole thing stank of a PR exercise designed to portray what is a not very well educated surburban housewife as some kind of tough backwoodsman.
Yet it was a former backwoodsman from the U.S. who kept Knox's words alive, helping the poet become a literary one-hit wonder.
Newhart was the oasis of bemused stoicism, whether dealing with his patients and equally quirky friends as Bob Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show or the surreal guests and backwoodsman brothers as Dick Loudon on Newhart.
In her 2005 book on Lincoln, "Team of Rivals," historian Doris Kearns Goodwin concluded that one of Lincoln's best attributes was his ability to bring into his Cabinet foes that had dismissed him as an inexperienced backwoodsman.
One could say of George Will what James Russell Lowell wrote of Emerson: "His eye for a fine, telling phrase that will carry true is like that of a backwoodsman for a rifle."
The investors made sure he was preceded by letters addressed to "Colonel Drake," the title added in order to enhance his reputation among the backwoodsman.
One boy, Greystoke, who had only ever stayed in luxury hotels before, took to camping with all the zeal of the new convert and never missed an opportunity to rediscover his inner backwoodsman at Beaulieu.
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