Road-agent

A highwayman in the mountain districts of North America.

“Road-agent is the name applied in the mountains to a rufflan who has given up honest work in the store, in the mine, in the ranch, for the perils and profits of the highway.” —W. Hepworth Dixon: New America, i. 14.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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