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cowboy

a conventional character of Wild West folklore, films, etc., esp one involved in fighting Indians

cowboy

[Sun, from William Gibson's cyberpunk SF] Synonym for hacker. It is reported that at Sun this word is often said with reverence.
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The cowpunchers was a totally different class from these other fellows on the frontier.
He urges Americans to reclaim the cowboy as America's knight: "What is become of the horseman, the cowpuncher, the last romantic figure upon our soil?
Because of his experience as a Wyoming cowpuncher, Legge was often referred to in company correspondence as "that young cowboy," and he quickly gained a reputation as a fearless, resourceful and successful bill collector.
People also called him a cattleboy, cowpuncher, cowpoke, drover, wrangler, vaquero, buckaroo, ranahan, rannie, and waddie.
In December 1918 Stead's own novel of the West, The Cowpuncher, printed in Canada by the Musson Company, sold 10,000 copies within its first month, and was already into a third edition.
Fletcher was a tall, tough hombre with a bandito mustache and a crusty voice, who had the stamina of a cowpuncher and the wariness of a riverboat gambler.
Most often the cowpuncher's rifles were carried in the chuck wagon to eliminate fouling when using ropes or while working cattle in thick brush.
Cockney Max Bygraves had a chart place too, with his Cowpuncher's Cantata coming in at joint 11th.
The grit of the cowpuncher has never been doubted, but whenever we have wished to illustrate the fact that the swell will fight we have had to refer to the bravery of the English guardsmen and dandies at Alma and Balaklava.