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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A British soldier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. bread, generally a penny roll; the supply of food carried by workmen as their daily allowance
  • n. A truck, or barter; the exchange of labour for goods instead of money.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Bread, -- generally a penny roll; the supply of food carried by workmen as their daily allowance.
  • n. A truck, or barter; the exchange of labor for goods, not money.
  • n. Same as Tommy Atkins; -- a shortened form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To enforce the tommy or truck system on; oppress or defraud by the tommy system.
  • n. [capitalized] Short for Tommy Atkins,' a nickname for the British private soldier.
  • n. Originally, a penny roll; hence, bread; provisions; especially, goods given to a workman in lieu of wages.
  • n. A tommy-shop.
  • n. The system of paying workmen in goods in place of money; the truck system.
  • n. A simple fellow.
  • n. A tom-cat.
  • n. A small round lever used to tighten round-headed screw-bolts that are perforated for this purpose.
  • n. The puffin or sea-parrot, Fratercula arctica. See cut under puffin.
  • n. Hence— A species of soft solder used in the jewelers' trade.

Etymologies

Short for Tommy Atkins, from Thomas Atkins, a name often used on sample forms.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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