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1 definition by pissedoffsurveyor

 
1.
The shabby-arsed useless tit of an assistant who attempts to follow orders given to him by a Land Surveyor.

Chainmen tend to be:

1) students of the Surveyhood whilst gaining vital survey experience in the off peak periods

or

2) Career chainmen - nasty rabid, fly blown and flea bitten pieces of work who, for some reason, are all smokers and have filthy beards.

Chainmen (or chainpersons) are responsible for:

- Keeping the survey vessels (see rust bucket) in reasonable cleanly order and with appropriate amount of stocks

- holding the prism pole for the surveyor (as the surveyor can only be in one place at one time unfortunately...)

- Following orders from the surveyor

- Filling the air with cigarette smoke and the nasal twang of bogan accents

- Generally making a balls up of every possible situation

See chainy
Surveyor: "My chainman didn't sharpen the brush hook for use in the field today."
Draftsperson: "So what did you do?"
Surveyor: "I took him out the back and shot him."
Draftsperson: "Oh, good!"
by pissedoffsurveyor January 19, 2011
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