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[breyk-van] /ˈbreɪkˌvæn/
noun, British.
the caboose of a railway train.
Origin of brake-van
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He shall take care that the breakdown tackle is always kept ready on the brake van in case of emergency.

    Minimum Gauge Railways Arthur Heywood
  • He swung a swag on to the platform, shouldered it, pulled out a billy and water-bag, and then went to a dog-box in the brake van.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
British Dictionary definitions for brake van

brake van

(railways, Brit) the coach or vehicle from which the guard applies the brakes; guard's van
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