from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person engaged to load, unload, and set up equipment and to perform errands for rock musicians on tour.

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  • n. A biker.
  • n. One of the crew for a musical group or other travelling stage production, especially a stagehand or technician.
  • n. A beer for the ride, for consumption while one is driving; a road soda.


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  • Sall, gin he dinna mak a roadie for himsel 'through the field that year.

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