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  • n. A person employed to operate a lift (elevator)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An elevator attendant.

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

  • n. a man employed to operate an elevator


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  • The liftman was a small simian creature, dressed in the black tunic of an Epsilon-Minus Semi-Moron.

    Brave New World

  • There was a common staircase, with a porter and a liftman at the entrance, but there was no restaurant or anything of that sort, and each flat was quite shut off from the others.

    The Thirty-Nine Steps

  • The shore uniform of the liftman was spotless and he stood at his station precisely as he should.

    A Question of Courage

  • Let his youthful aspirations run through the usual stages, liftman, engine - driver, bus-conductor, sailor, etc.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, August 18th, 1920

  • “Any flats vacant here?” asked Alleyn of the liftman.

    Death in Ecstasy

  • On their way down the liftman extolled the virtues of the flats, and Alleyn warmly agreed with him, but still insisted that he preferred the solace of an open fire.

    Death in Ecstasy

  • The liftman slammed the gates, touched a button and instantly dropped back into the droning twilight of the well, the twilight of his own habitual stupor.

    Brave New World

  • He had taken it for granted, when the bell rang, that his visitor was Tom, the liftman from downstairs, a friendly soul who hailed from London and had been dropping in at intervals during the past two days to acquire the latest news from his native land.

    Uneasy Money

  • "Can you tell me which of these offices that lady works in?" he said to the liftman.

    The Foolish Lovers

  • "Well, if you're a friend of 'ers, I daresay she'll tell you' erself next time she sees you," said the liftman.

    The Foolish Lovers


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