Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dealer in reddle or red chalk, usually a sort of peddler. Also raddleman, ruddleman.
- n. A ruddleman
“She was thus convinced that the reddleman was a mere pis aller in Mrs. Yeobright's mind; one, moreover, who had not even been informed of his promotion to that lowly standing.”
“I read about Diggory Venn, Thomas Hardy's reddleman in The Return of the Native who digs up red clay to make dye for sheep's wool.”
“When I rolled over to check the eagles through the viewing slit in the bird hide my eyes took a few seconds to re-adjust, to push back the image of Diggory Venn the reddleman.”
“For instance, the reddleman goes from very clear relationships with local characters to being a man of mysterious origins.”
“Venn, the reddleman, in the Mephistophelian garb of his profession, is the incarnation of a good spirit, and wins the guineas from the clutch of the spendthrift husband.”
“The lamp placed against the post by Clym still shone across the water, and the reddleman observed something floating motionless.”
“As Eustacia uttered the latter words she retired from the base of the barrow, and Wildeve followed her, so that the reddleman could hear no more.”
“When he had again regained his van he lit the lantern, and with an apathetic face at once began to pull off his best clothes, till in the course of a few minutes he reappeared as the confirmed and irretrievable reddleman that he had seemed before.”
“The traveller with the cart was a reddleman -- a person whose vocation it was to supply farmers with redding for their sheep.”
“Thus far the reddleman had been tolerably successful in his rude contrivances for keeping down Wildeve's inclination to rove in the evening.”
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