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- n. A porter or dealer at Billingsgate market in London
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to a class of speculating traders at Billingsgate market, London, who buy large quantities of fish from the salesmen and sell them again to smaller dealers.
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Their ranks, however, are swelled in the following way: A salesman, having disposed of his own fish, will "bummaree" for the sake of the possible profit, or a fishmonger, having purchased a double supply for a cheaper price, will "bummaree" half his purchase.
If they've any sense they'll just pass by, thinks I - well, don't you, when you see some ragged bummaree sleeping it off in the gutter?
“bummaree” for the sake of the possible profit, or a fishmonger, having purchased a double supply for a cheaper price, will “bummaree” half his purchase.