from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A train of freightcars. Called in Great Britain a goods-train.


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  • I might be walking down the track to the water-tank to lie in wait for a passing freight-train, when I would chance upon a bunch of "alki-stiffs."

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  • See the link for a factual story of one of these freight-train hoppers.

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  • The testimony of his team-mates, even so, suggests the coming man is arriving at freight-train speed.

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  • See a roundup of the week's best photos, from a rainbow in Prague, a freight-train collision in Russia and a protest in Ukraine.

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  • All of this goes by with good momentum, since you can read this novel, or at least I read it, at freight-train speed, taking in one scene quickly and rushing on to the next, happy in the end that a novel so replete with misery can turn out to deliver so much reading pleasure.

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  • And thus began his descent into madness, as he is now hunted by walking death itself, in the form of Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), the most frightening freight-train of a killer since the shark in Jaws.

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  • As the freight-train roar of the wave got louder, Bill gave Paige a look that was both sad and loving.

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  • Switching the focus of U.S. foreign policy from Iraq to Afghanistan is a slow moving freight-train that Democrats have been riding for several years, but it will finally happen in 2009.

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  • That was the hang-up and it could have taken weeks, but whoever it was delivered within twenty-four hours, so the freight-train momentum of the scandal was maintained.

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  • Within that scheme, the camera makes vivid discoveries: chilling gang rituals; a national gang network of cell phones, covert spotters and secret signs; a Mexican response to Central American freight-train riders that ranges from tossing oranges to throwing rocks.

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