American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A man who works at a desk, especially a newspaper writer.
- n. US, dated A subeditor.
- n. the police sergeant on duty in a police station
- desk + man (Wiktionary)
“And a deskman who doesn't notice when nine kids pile into Room 213 with enough beer to fuel a frat house.”
“The deskman replied that he couldn't be sure, but that he suspected some of the people loitering in the coffee shop across the street were members of the press.”
“An AP deskman, asked about the meaning of touts atop the wire service article about welfare-to-work, quickly replied, “It means ‘speaks in favor of.’””
“We complained about it, the deskman was apologetic, and here we are.”
““I already talked to the police,” the deskman said.”
“They stood in front of the night deskman, who ran Felix's credit card.”
““I hope the rest of your stay is as good,” the deskman said.”
“The deskman watched the couple for a moment and then picked up a phone.”
““We've just been to see Scarlet A,” the women said, nearly in unison, to the deskman once they were inside.”
“The doorman came in and stood with Alexei, the deskman.”
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