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cattle car

Railroads. stock car (def 2).
Slang. a railroad passenger car providing little comfort and few amenities.
Origin of cattle car
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She said to herself that a cattle car was the proper place for this young man.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm
  • As his train drew up at Westcote station he saw a cattle car standing on the express company's siding.

    "Pigs is Pigs" Ellis Parker Butler
  • When the train began to increase its speed, Jimmy climbed up the side of a cattle car and ran along the roof.

    The Court of Boyville

    William Allen White
  • If you dare to stop with that ball I'll ship you back to the lumber camp in a cattle car.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • They are then made to walk up an incline with high railings ending at the open doors of a cattle car.

    How We are Fed James Franklin Chamberlain
  • A "cousin" from the North had just arrived, transported South in a cattle car filled with other celestials.

    The Higher Court Mary Stewart Daggett
  • She found her purse and sent a liberal donation to celestials lately en route in the cattle car.

    The Higher Court Mary Stewart Daggett

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