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A bagman (or bag man) is a person or paymaster designated to collect or distribute illicitly gained money ("dirty money"), such as bribes to public officials, or money that is collected in a criminal enterprise, such as a "protection racket" or in the running of a numbers racket. A bagman may also act as an intermediary in such transactions. "Bagman" is also a (mainly) British term for a traveling salesman. The first known use of the term occurred in 1808.
A bagman may also be known as a delivery boy or running man, and he may receive a fraction of the money collected. Though it connotes someone who carries a bag of money, the term may also apply to a person who performs other small tasks for those involved in organized crime, such as chauffeuring or transporting goods.
Bagman is also used just to mean assistant in military or police contexts as seen in the series Endeavour.
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