from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who operates, inspects, or repairs brakes, especially a railroad employee who assists the conductor and checks on the operation of a train's brakes.
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- n. A railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes, couplings etc
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A man in charge of a brake or brakes.
- n. The man in charge of the winding (or hoisting) engine for a mine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man whose business is to apply the brakes on a railroad-train which are operated by hand.
- n. 2. In mining, the man in charge of the winding-engine.
- n. Sometimes spelled breakman, and in Great Britain often called brakesman.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes
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Guadalajara godfathers authorized a push training track, 70 meters from start to stopping place, a rude barricade, a stack of old auto tires in case the brakeman is caught napping.
"You will see it on my ticket if you look in your wallet;" but this, of course, the magnate refused to do, and when another hoot of the whistle announced the engineer's impatience he called a brakeman, saying:
Spitting on his hands he called a brakeman with a transom hook out of the sleeper, to fish with, they rolled up their trousers and waded in, after telling a porter to bring a blanket to put the pieces in.
Jeff even knew all of the railroad yards south of San Francisco where Cassady was a train brakeman.
“Chicago!” called the brakeman, drawing the word out long.
"All aboard!" called a brakeman, and the Comet Film Company, bag and baggage, started for the train that was to take them to new scenes of activity.
The brakeman was a good fellow, and one and all encouraged him in the hope that he would pull through.
"Oh, Joe's got plenty of nerve -- of the right sort!" called a brakeman, and Joe, nodding at him, recognized a railroad acquaintance who had been present at some of the town ball games.
"Chicago!" called the brakeman, drawing the word out long.
Even though the person at the back is technically called the brakeman, nobody bothers with brakes.