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white-van man

Someone who drives a nondescript white van for work, especially one who drives in an aggressive, reckless, or dangerous way. Alludes to the perception that such drivers (typically male) are ignorant or rude. I used to cycle to work, but after nearly being knocked over three separate times by white-van men, I decided to start taking the bus.
See also: man

ˌwhite-ˈvan man

(British English, informal) used to refer to a man driving a white van in an aggressive way. Many companies use white delivery vans and their drivers are often considered stupid and rude: Who enjoys driving to work with the constant traffic jams, roadworks and the impatient hooting of white-van man?
See also: man
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FORMER model Marta Zadruzynska has been beautifying white van men in her plush new salon Picturesque.
A spokesman said white van men were too often stereotyped as: "Beer drinking, fast food loving guys who don't consider other drivers.
Now there's middleaged White Van Men with misspelt scrawlings.
MOTORISTS in the West Midlands moan more about other drivers than so-called pet hates such as white van men or cyclists, according to s a poll.
You may miss the bus or get splashed by white van men speeding through puddles on your way to work but one of the worst things to happen in the morning has to be over-doing your toast.
For you and me this means cleaner towns, better air to breathe and maybe a new, considerate generation of white van men, who go tooling around in perfect silence.
Eight out of ten white van men knew there were 12 inches in a foot compared with a pitiful four in ten taxi drivers.
YOU may have formed your own opinions of the white van men of the world, but as fly-on-the-wall series White Van Man (Five, 8pm), has shown, there are two sides to every story.
WHITE VAN MAN Five, 8pm You may have formed your own opinions of the white van men of the world, but as this fly-on-the-wall series, which finishes tonight, has shown, there are two sides to every story.
But we really should spare a thought for Britain's white van men, as they go through the exact same recession as us, looking to make a profit for their businesses by whatever means possible.
People who drive like that just enforce the negative stereotype that comes with "white van men".
Also in the line-up is Martin Beaumont, famed for his White Van Men show which he performed in Edinburgh, and Simon Bligh, winner of a Time Out Comedy Award.
White Van Men find motorway service areas a turn off, a survey reveals.
White van men and women own businesses ranging from caters and florists to plumbers and builders.
Can Myfanwy King (Viewpoints, September 6) produce qualifications to enable her to say that 'white van men' are brain dead?