from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gang of men who take a contract for a part of a work, as in the construction of railroads, etc., the proceeds being equally divided between them, with something extra to the head man.


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  • His agents were made partakers in his success, and he favoured the butty-gang system -- that of letting work to a gang of a dozen men, who divide the pay, allowing something extra to the head of the gang.

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