- a railroad worker who assists the conductor in the operation of a train.
- brake1(def 4).
Origin of brakeman
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Examples from the Web for brakeman
By and by the brakeman shouted to the signalman in the gray silence of the morning.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
At this moment entered a brakeman with a can of condensed milk.Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic
Olive Thorne Miller
For ten minutes Brakeman Joe lies insensible and motionless, just as he fell.
He felt satisfied that they had, in some way, disposed of Brakeman Joe.
In spite of his bewilderment, however, his years of training as a brakeman were not forgotten.
- US and Canadian a crew member of a goods or passenger train. His duties include controlling auxiliary braking power and inspecting the train
- the person at the back of a two- or four-man bobsleigh, who operates the brake
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