As King took in the Memphis night, he leaned against the railing for several long minutes, hardly even budging.
The people who are running for elected office while railing against government are often obvious hypocrites.
According to reports, he received several standing ovations by railing against the government's surveillance programs.
Windblown Emma was waiting for us at a table by the railing.
So it was ironic a couple of months later when the Tea Partiers were railing against it—it had already expired.
He groaned aloud, and, with his arms on the railing, thought and thought.
The forms for the base of the railing (Section D) consisted of 1¾-in.
Mrs. Beauchamp leaned over the railing at the top, and looked down on to the sands, debating whether it was worth another effort.
The form for the railing is built up around the tops of the spindles.
The nervous father clenched the railing in a daze, and cowered before the ministerial heckling.
"construction in which rails form an important part," early 15c., verbal noun from rail (v.2). Technically, railings (late 15c.) are horizontal, palings are vertical.
"horizontal bar passing from one post or support to another," c.1300, from Old French reille "bolt, bar," from Vulgar Latin *regla, from Latin regula "straight stick," diminutive form related to regere "to straighten, guide" (see regal). Used figuratively for thinness from 1872. To be off the rails in a figurative sense is from 1848, an image from the railroads. In U.S. use, "A piece of timber, cleft, hewed, or sawed, inserted in upright posts for fencing" [Webster, 1830].
"small wading bird," mid-15c., from Old French raale (13c.), related to râler "to rattle," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative of its cry.
"complain," mid-15c., from Middle French railler "to tease or joke" (15c.), perhaps from Old Provençal ralhar "scoff, to chat, to joke," from Vulgar Latin *ragulare "to bray" (cf. Italian ragghiare "to bray"), from Late Latin ragere "to roar," probably of imitative origin. See rally (v.2). Related: Railed; railing.