from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that splits logs, as for fences.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who splits logs into rails for making a rail fence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a laborer who splits logs to build split-rail fences
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And while the old rail-splitter himself does not make it much into the annals of barbecue lore, an interesting episode involving the 1860 presidential campaign does.
Lincoln the rail-splitter wasn't just a thinker, a lawyer or a president.
Lincoln wasn't just a rail-splitter; in matters of religion he was a fence sitter.
For more than a century before Roosevelt, politicians had been content with symbolic expressions of solidarity with common folk Lincoln's supporters depicting him as a rail-splitter, or with attacks on selected groups of the rich.
The rail-splitter upon the sparsely settled lands of Kentucky was fired with a purpose and a recognition of his place among men.
They thought of him as coming from that stratum of clay that could be molded into a rail-splitter and, when the need arose, remodeled into the nation's leader.
Thunderous cheers for "the rail-splitter" resounded, for this slur on the statesman had recoiled on aspersers and was used as a title of honor.
Lincoln, the rail-splitter, and whose name was Abe.
Here is where Lincoln gained his great reputation as a rail-splitter.
I remember how I struggled against their arguments that Lincoln was an uneducated, uncultured rail-splitter.