(Sp. model spelled same [aðoβéro] < adobe [see above] and the agentive suffix -ero 'occupation, profession, job')
   Hoy's definition is correct: "a maker of adobes." Hendrickson also notes that the phrase "adobe-maker" was used pejoratively to refer to Mexicans.
   'dobe wall
   (adobe wall)
   According to Watts (who, in turn, refers to Adams), this expression meant to put a man up against a wall and shoot him, and probably originated in the 1870s when Texan cattle rustlers (or retrievers) were caught and executed in Mexico and the Southwest.

Cowboy Talk. A Dictionary of Spanish Terms. . 2013.

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