chugger

n.
A professional fundraiser who approaches people on the street to ask for money on behalf of a charity.
Example Citations:
Charity collectors faced tough government curbs today after complaints that they hassle pedestrians and mislead donors about where their money goes.
The clampdown applies to "charity muggers", known as "chuggers", who stop people in the street to ask for direct debit pledges.
— Ben Leapman, "Tough new curbs on the charity 'muggers'," The Evening Standard (London, England), May 27, 2004,
Last year chuggers coaxed 700,000 donors into pledging Ł240 million to charities over the next five years. About 100 charities hire chuggers to boost revenues. Although one high-street fundraiser can cost as much as Ł100 a day, charities say they are good value.
— Helen Nugent, "Charity muggers' face Ł10m VAT levy," The Times (London, England), April 17, 2004
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Is it just me, or where I live, or are there far more people demanding our attention in the street these days? This week I needed to walk from Tottenham Court Road tube in London, along Oxford Street, then north up Regent Street to the BBC. On the way I counted all the people who accosted me. There was a busker in the tube, two beggars ... and no fewer than three "chuggers" which, I gather, is the term for charity muggers, those people with clipboards who want you to sign a standing order for their good cause.
— Simon Hoggart, "How to spot a loser — look for the pine cones and rice salad," The Guardian (London, England), June 29, 2002
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  • chugger — UK [ˈtʃʌɡə(r)] / US [ˈtʃʌɡər] noun [countable] Word forms chugger : singular chugger plural chuggers British informal someone who stops people on the street and persuades them to give money regularly to a charity …   English dictionary

  • chugger — noun see chug II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chugger — a top water plug having a cup shaped mouth, splashing or chugging when retrieved. Smaller than a popper, q.v …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • chugger — /chug euhr/, n. Angling. a type of plug that rests on the surface of the water and makes a popping sound when retrieved. Also called popper. [Scot chug to tug + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • chugger — noun A charity mugger. A street fundraiser who collects donations on behalf of a charity. They may be a paid employee or a volunteer …   Wiktionary

  • chugger — n. plug that sits on the surface of the water and makes a popping sound when removed, popper; professional fund raiser who appeals to people on the street to ask for money in the name of a charity …   English contemporary dictionary

  • chugger — Noun. A person paid to collect for charity by signing up people to make regular donations, often by direct debit. Working on busy shopping streets chuggers are often young people and will usually be seen carrying clipboards. The term is a cross… …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • chugger — chug·ger …   English syllables

  • chugger — ˈchəgə(r) noun ( s) Etymology: English dial chug to pull, jerk + er : a surface casting plug used in angling …   Useful english dictionary

  • Charles Adair (soccer) — Chugger Adair Personal information Full name Charles Russell Adair, Jr. Place of birth United States …   Wikipedia

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