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- n. swagman
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A swagman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as swagman, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an itinerant Australian laborer who carries his personal belongings in a bundle as he travels around in search of work
She said she would; but a heavy-weight "swaggie" could have come in and sat on her and had a smoke without waking her.
Some terms had (and have) a limited lifespan, but no word once printed is ever lost from the language entirely, and shortlived expressions are often significant markers of a particular historical era ( 'swaggie', 'six o'clock swill', 'Rogernomics').
Once a jolly jumbuck camped by a billabong under the shade of a swaggie it seems and he sang and he watched while Conzinc mined uranium
Had it not been for the horse and the dogs he might have hoped for a swaggie or some down-and-out wayfarer caught, trapped.
The meaning here may be that the swaggie spends much of his time in jail.
To go "on the wallaby" or "on the wallaby track" or to "hump the drum" is to travel outback as a swaggie or sundowner, ie a tramp or itinerant worker.
"He's certainly not the ordinary swaggie," Norah said slowly.
He landed the swaggie first with one fist and then with the other, and the swaggie reckoned he'd been struck by a thunderbolt when they fished him out of the creek, where he had rolled!
"Some poor old beggar of a swaggie, I expect," Jim said.
"Of course, a beaten track to your camp would be nothing more or less than an invitation to any swaggie or black fellow to follow it up."