from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A railroad-train intended for the expeditious conveyance of passengers, mail, or parcels, and making few or no stops between terminal stations: distinguished from a local or accommodation train.


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  • The story was an express-train barreling down the track, only no one in the audience knew where it was heading.

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  • More securities with the label subprime or Alt-A attached to them are deemed too controversial to own, particularly with the constant threat of express-train credit downgrades taking their ratings many notches lower.

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  • There was the expected blast; then the hillside shifted greasily under him, like a giant shrugging in uneasy sleep, and he heard the express-train rumble of sliding rock.

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  • These findings contradict the timing and geography of the express-train model for Polynesian origins.

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  • The other sled was coming up like an express-train.


  • While beating his hands against his sides he turned and looked down the long slippery slope, and figured, in case he slipped, that he would be flying with the speed of an express-train ere he took the final plunge into the icy bed of the Yukon.

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  • Kiki cackled too, and then went off into her express-train performance, which drew people from all over the field at once.

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  • "I've got yer now, sure," he was just repeating, when with a deafening roar the express-train came tearing down the road.

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  • I was very hungry, and would willingly have re-entered the boulevards in search of a supper; but the express-train going toward

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  • It is not easy even to imagine this distance; but let us fancy ourselves in an express-train going sixty miles an hour without making a single stop.

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