from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is employed on board a steam-tug.
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Away goes the pilot, runs the ship on shore on the freshest sandbank, curses the Mississippi and everything else in creation; a tug comes up very opportunely, a tidy bargain is concluded; the unfortunate pilot forfeits 100l., his pilotage from the ship, and consoles himself the following evening by pocketing 500l. from the tugman as his share of the spoil, and then starts off again in search of another victim.
From there he sought the house of Middy Burnes, where he made an agreement with the tugman that the scow should be towed from Ithaca to Tarrytown.
The tugman threw the door wider and scratched his head as he cogitated:
Trooper in pursuit crashes patrol car (44 comments) tugman: I hate cop haters, you should all shut up, none of you have the balls to do their job so you just bitch.