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  • n. Plural form of trencherman.


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  • Unfortunately for said member and his fellow trenchermen, the age of deference is, as they themselves are fond of telling us, well and truly over.

    Archive 2008-01-20

  • The waiters are supposed to work quietly during performances but this was a hungry bunch of trenchermen who made a racket when they ate, gorging on sirloins, barbecued ribs, lobster tails, spaghetti and chicken livers, and more or less thrashing their way through a Mister Kelly specialty, the green goddess salad.


  • America has the most-regulated food in the developed world, yet it also has the fattest people in the world — with the exception of the hearty trenchermen of Nauru and a few other dots in the Pacific.

    Tastemaker With a Sweet Tooth

  • We did indeed find the best in town, and ate like a pair of trenchermen with a spread of butterfly shrimp and fries and a lobster tail to die for.

    outfoxed Diary Entry

  • Therefore, both dry and hungry souls, pot and trenchermen, fully enjoying those books, perusing, quoting them in their merry conventicles, and observing the great mysteries of which they treat, shall gain a singular profit and fame; as in the like case was done by Alexander the Great with the books of prime philosophy composed by Aristotle.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Great platters of roasted meats were set before them and the trenchermen attacked them with gusto.

    The Eternal Mercenary

  • For with the dignity of a majordomo Jerome bore upon its frilled paper doily a huge chocolate layer cake, ornately decorated with yellow icing, and twenty dark blue candles, their yellow flames barely flickering in the still air, while behind him walked his little trenchermen, one bearing a big glass pitcher of amber cider, another, dishes of nuts, and another a tray of Mammy Lucy's home-made candies.

    Peggy Stewart: Navy Girl at Home

  • She persisted that she was "all right," while her pretty teeth chattered; but she caught a violent cold, and was in bed a week, while Ethel came down to dinner as rosy as Baby Ketchum, and ate as heartily as Mr. Ramsay and Mr. Heathcote, who certainly showed themselves good trenchermen.

    Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science Old Series, Vol. 36—New Series, Vol. 10, July 1885

  • The twenty miles they had ridden through the crisp air would have given them an appetite, even had they not been normally good trenchermen, and there were fine white potatoes and yams that accompanied the turkey, not to mention some jelly which

    The Black Buccaneer

  • In our own land we produce some reasonably boisterous trenchermen, and some tolerably careless ones too.

    Europe Revised


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