knight of the road


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knight of the road

Someone, especially a man, who spends a lot of time traveling on the road, whether for business or pleasure, or because they are homeless. My dad was a knight of the road when I was younger, traveling almost nonstop in his car to sell his goods to businesses across the country. I introduced them to Charlie, one of the many knights of the road who sleep in this area after sundown.
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knight of the road

a man who frequents the roads, for example a travelling sales representative, lorry or taxi driver, or tramp.
Originally, in the mid 17th century, this phrase was ironically applied to a highwayman.
See also: knight, of, road
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It would have made my search for a snow-covered knight of the road a lot easier - had I been able to get a message saying they were off the road.
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His dedication to his job was even rewarded by the News of the World, who named John a Knight of the Road - an award handed out as part of a campaign to encourage higher standards of courteous behaviour amongst motorists.
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I've no idea who this knight of the road was, but he's restored my faith in mankind.
The drizzle was by now a downpour and our knight of the road jumped out to help his passengers.
The newly-discovered knight of the road chose car parks as his latest crusade, finding the best and the worst up and down the country.
The 76-year-old knight of the road bought Elton John's fabulous vintage Rolls Royce and King George's pounds 125,000 Daimler but his first car cost just pounds 50.
The new advertisements, on Sky Sports, show the usually stereotyped van man as caring, considerate and a knight of the road.
Either way, cheers for Chris: a true Knight of the Road.
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RAC Swansea patrolman Dave Batcup really is a knight of the road.
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