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  • noun Plural form of spoilsman.


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  • In his term, he vigorously fought the spoilsmen and demanded the enforcement of civil service laws.

    Archive 2008-09-01 Dave 2008

  • Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzpatrick as a special prosecutor so he can pursue his investigation of Tony Rezko and his corrupt dealings with Illinois's governor and other creatures and spoilsmen of the Daley Machine.

    Never Yet Melted 2008

  • They have been too long the victims of our spoilsmen in politics and of ignorant and inconsiderate methods.

    Simon Pokagon on Naming the Indians 1995

  • When he withstood Democratic clamor for office, the Independents applauded, and the spoilsmen in his own party accused him of treason.

    The United States Since the Civil War Charles Ramsdell Lingley

  • One half the citizens were congratulating themselves that at last, corruption and the spoilsmen were to be uprooted, while the other half revelled in the excitement and turmoil which always attends the witnessing of a deadly combat.

    A Woman for Mayor A Novel of To-day Helen M. Winslow

  • It must have made the spoilsmen chuckle and the friends of civil service reform squirm.

    Theodore Roosevelt and His Times Harold Howland

  • "The era of patronage mongering in the petty offices ceased suddenly, and the spoilsmen had the right to say that in this respect the policy of McKinley had not been followed."

    Theodore Roosevelt and His Times Harold Howland

  • He might say in this small and select company of Reformers what it might be imprudent to assert later in the evening, when he came to address the great assembly in the outer hall, that the outcome of this meeting was being keenly watched by the spoilsmen.

    Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York A Series of Stories and Sketches Portraying Many Singular Phases of Metropolitan Life Lemuel Ely Quigg

  • In the gymnasium on Twentieth Street, within the boxing ring at Harvard, in the New York Assembly, in the conflicts with the spoilsmen in

    Theodore Roosevelt and His Times Harold Howland

  • By this time the populace had invaded the palace and cursed with indignities unmentionable the marble halls, and the furnishings in general, and pillaged such portable property as pleased the individual fancies of the spoilsmen.

    Royal Palaces and Parks of France Blanche McManus


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