Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man employed to carry a link or torch to light passengers. See linkboy.
- n. adult linkboy; one bearing a torch or light
- n. rugby Player who uses speed and dexterity to keep an attacking team's downfield progress fluid.
- n. A man who acts as a link or connection.
- n. (formerly) an attendant hired to carry a torch for pedestrians in dark streets
- link 'torch, light' + man 'servant' (Wiktionary)
“I expected, I think, to see the dreaded figure of the linkman.”
“Garric had rented a lantern at the Captain's Rest, but he hadn't bothered to hire a linkman to guide him and Tenoctris back to the Red Ox because he had a good sense of direction and the recollections of King Carus besides.”
“I found my linkman leaning against a post and laughing heartily.”
“There was ample room for me to pass between him and the wall, which was also the courteous thing to do; but as soon as my linkman had passed him, he shot clean in my way.”
“Now, if it hadn't been for FANNY, I-- Where's that linkman?”
“A hostess, so someone may say, has but to invite her friends, to light her rooms, to spread her tables, to set the champagne flowing, to order an awning, and to hire music and a linkman, and the thing is done.”
“London, such friends as my Lord Comyn and Mr. Walpole, whose great father he had once had the distinction to serve as linkman, all would have been well.”
“I am stopping the way, and the linkman is getting quite excited over it. ”
“The doors were just being shut by the linkman when a little figure in a white cloak flew down the steps of the house and held up a hand to the driver of the hansom.”
“So that it sometimes happened the dead-carts were found without driver, linkman, or bell-man.”
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