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[breyk-muh n] /ˈbreɪk mən/
noun, plural brakemen.
a railroad worker who assists the conductor in the operation of a train.
brake1 (def 4).
Origin of brakeman
First recorded in 1825-35; brake1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • By and by the brakeman shouted to the signalman in the gray silence of the morning.

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  • At this moment entered a brakeman with a can of condensed milk.

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  • For ten minutes brakeman Joe lies insensible and motionless, just as he fell.

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  • He felt satisfied that they had, in some way, disposed of brakeman Joe.

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  • In spite of his bewilderment, however, his years of training as a brakeman were not forgotten.

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  • The brakeman sat down opposite Albert, encouraged by his smile.

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  • As he began to104 get his things together, the brakeman came in.

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  • "I was sent here by a brakeman on the midnight express," put in Bert.

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  • "It's slippery as the deuce on top of the cars," put in the brakeman.

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  • "Wish he'd tried to jump aboard after we started," said Jim, the brakeman.

British Dictionary definitions for brakeman


noun (pl) -men
(US & 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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