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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
1825-35; brake1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • This was kept up for some time, and finally the boys saw the brakeman come to a halt and wave his flag in a peculiar manner.

    Jack Ranger's Gun Club Clarence Young
  • The brakeman, returning, paused and inquired right and left on his way through.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • A brakeman from the freight came to the passenger train to report what was doing.

  • The brakeman slapped me on the shoulder and good-naturedly straightened.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • All of us were huddled together on a flat-car, and of course the brakeman saw us.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • The brakeman returned with a broom, to sweep up the chips of broken bottle.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • It was properly the brakeman's business to keep the car clean, but when Ray got back to the depot, Giddy was nowhere to be found.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • "We ought to be at Clowdry in five minutes now," said the brakeman.

    Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks H. Irving Hancock
  • Thereupon the guard, about like our brakeman, locks the door, and you are a prisoner until the next station is reached.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • Being a brakeman is almost as good as going with a "troupe" or a circus.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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