Definitions

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  • n. A telegraph operator.
  • n. An employee of vital importance to a business.

Etymologies

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key +‎ man

Examples

  • The lead keyman threw the brake; sparks flew as the wheels slowed, and stopped.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • I was so calm that I joked about the multimillion-dollar keyman insurance policy the bank made the church take out on me when we applied for such a large loan for the new facilities.

    When God Answers Prayer

  • The two gladiator guards and the keyman were peering in after us, starting to grow nervous.

    Two For The Lions

  • The bigger of the two was a $15 million keyman policy; $10 million of that was with Bankers Trust and $5 million with Crédit Lyonnais.

    Nightmare on Elm Drive

  • Taking out a keyman life-insurance policy on a top executive is common practice in business, with the company being named as beneficiary.

    Nightmare on Elm Drive

  • The news that the policy was invalid caused bad blood between the family and the company, especially since the immediate payment of the $15 million keyman policy gave Carolco one of its biggest quarters since the inception of the company.

    Nightmare on Elm Drive

  • This will provide temporary personnel to replace the keyman and also maybe finance recruitment as well as training of the replacement.

    WN.com - Articles related to Kelly Clarkson coming to Malaysia

  • The railway gangman and keyman have been instructed to carry on checks on railway tracks on a regular basis and repair the faults on the spot, sources said, adding destressing of the tracks is the only solution to repair the buckled tracks.

    The Times of India

  • In addition to the management fees, other terms have to be watched carefully, such as the size of transaction fees, the potential VAT of fees, the structure of carried interest, keyman clauses, etc.

    All News Articles

  • The only concern is keyman and Brazilian playmaker Eduardo who is down with a stomach bug.

    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Frontpage

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