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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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  • Most of the coupés contain them, and they can generally be found in the baggage-wagon or under the brake-van.

    How to Travel Thomas W. Knox
  • He shall take care to run no train without a brake-van at the rear end, and a brakesman in attendance.

    Minimum Gauge Railways Arthur Heywood
  • "De Aar," and the Africander guard flung himself out of his brake-van.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • It is composed of ten trucks and vans, and has besides a guard's brake-van fitted with a screw-down brake of the usual sort.

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