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  • Because he does work, a bindle-stiff is expected usually to have some small change about him, and it is after that small change that the road-kids go.

    Road-Kids and Gay-Cats

  • The best hunting-ground for bindle-stiffs is in the sheds, barns, lumber-yards, railroad-yards, etc., on the edges of a city, and the time for hunting is the night, when the bindle-stiff seeks these places to roll up in his blankets and sleep.

    Road-Kids and Gay-Cats


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  • See also bindlestiff.

    April 27, 2009

  • n. older collective slang term for chronic wanderers, itinerant misfits, criminals, migratory harvest workers, and lumber jacks. So named because they carried a "bindle." (beggars' bundle) George and Lenny in Of Mice and Men are bindle stiffs. Also "bindle-punks".

    April 23, 2009