Definitions

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

  • n. A man employed in a yard, especially a railroad yard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Worker in a railway yard.
  • n. A laborer hired to do outdoor work.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The laborer who has the special care of a farm-yard.
  • n. One who is employed in a railway-yard under the yard-master, to assist in switching cars and making up trains. Also yardsman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a laborer hired to do outdoor work (such as mowing lawns)
  • n. worker in a railway yard

Etymologies

From yard + man. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The old tomcat watched Clay fromhiswindow, greedily lapping him up secretly like so much yardman cream.

    Garden Goddess for Hire

  • Well if you have four large dogs and a rat to pick up after before the yardman arrives at dawn so he won´t think you a flojo pig, you would see the importance of this issue.

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  • At least one of the local cops had worked at the house as yardman.

    The Houseguest

  • We have been talking to neighbors and others about our yardman.

    Yard Man wages

  • Mary Ellen didn't like the new yardman, Treat; Daniel thought Treat was a genius.

    A Not-So Perfect Union

  • Troy, the yardman, cued by the idling of the car's engine, would appear from the garden with a single rose for Maddox's lapel.

    American Odyssey

  • How oftenare my eyes so blinded by fear or pain that when He speaks, I mistake Him for the yardman?

    God’s Smile

  • I parked my cruiser in the spangled shade of a live oak and was told by a yardman that Raphael Chalons was in the back, down by the bayou, walking his dog.

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  • And if a cook or yardman mysteriously failed to appear on Monday morning, even the kindest white employer was sure to foment angrily on the blatant no-count ingratitude—no trace of acknowledgement that a bone-deep hostile reluctance might be fuming.

    CLEAR PICTURES

  • Though monumentally forbearing, Mary Lee would show her own edge on random occasions—when asked, say, to iron a shirt for Uncle Grant the black yardman whom she openly resented or when approached on the subject of surrendering her Sunday-off to a houseful of hungry company.

    CLEAR PICTURES

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