American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A man who operates railroad switches.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who has charge of one or more switches on a railway; a pointsman.
- n. A person who operates railway switches which route trains onto rail tracks.
- n. A person whose job is to help in the switching of railcars in a railway yard.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who tends a switch on a railway.
- n. a man who operates railroad switches
- switch + man (Wiktionary)
“Hello, Mrs. Black!" called the switchman in a jolly voice to his wife, who just then came to the side door to look out.”
“Milk, Bruno!" called the switchman again, and he opened the door and out ran the dog.”
“I left Holy Name High at the age of 14.1 worked nights on the railroad as a switchman.”
“Well, they're men of all classes," the switchman replied.”
“First to appear on camera was a Mr. Healey, who identified himself as a switchman at the Southern Pacific yard at Colton.”
“It was not uncommon for a switchman to lose track of where all the trains in his charge were going, an alarming development that would send him lunging for his emergency whistle to let off a long blast.”
“April Hurmuses, a Vancouver writer, was hired on the docks in 1984 as a switchman.”
“By targeting drugs at that step, physicians would be able to stop a cell from heading down the path toward cancer just as a switchman stops a train from going down the wrong track.”
“Hubert Humphrey employed "a formal slovenliness of syntax which enabled him to shunt phrases back and forth like a switchman who locates a freight car by moving everything in the yard.”
“He sued the railroad, claiming the switchman was negligent.”
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