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nouninformal Australian, New Zealand
A person carrying a swag or a bundle of belongings; a swagman.
- ‘swaggies turned up from time to time, hoping Mrs Barlow would give them flour or sugar’
- ‘The swaggie was last seen heading off up George Street complete with swag looking for a place to stay the night.’
- ‘Where explorers died of thirst we now drive, where diggers and swaggies fossicked and hid from the law, we now drive.’
- ‘No more would the swaggies need to walk as the crow flies as the Princes Highway was opened, linking Sydney to Adelaide via Melbourne.’
- ‘Since the 1880s, the national culture has celebrated the underdog - the Eureka gold miners, sheep stealing swaggies, renegade bushrangers, and striking shearers.’
- ‘Bert was in charge of a few scraggly swaggies who were working for their keep.’
- ‘She married Arthur Woods in 1929 and became renowned for feeding passing swaggies, who left marks on her gate to indicate this was the place for a good feed.’
- ‘The swaggies always look away, or down; their hats are visors, and he never sees the colour of a swaggie's eyes.’
Late 19th century abbreviation of swagman.
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