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pointsman

[points-muh n] /ˈpɔɪnts mən/
noun, plural pointsmen. British.
1.
a railway switchman.
2.
a police officer who directs traffic, as at an intersection.
Origin of pointsman
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; point + -s3 + man1
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pointsman

/ˈpɔɪntsˌmæn; -mən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person who operates railway points US and Canadian equivalent switchman
2.
a policeman or traffic warden on point duty
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