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section boss

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noun Railroads.
  1. the boss of a section gang.
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Origin of section boss

First recorded in 1865–70
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  • The section-boss must keep pace with a job that is no sinecure.

    The Modern Railroad

    Edward Hungerford

  • Here, then, is the polyglot material with which our section-boss must work.

    The Railroad Problem

    Edward Hungerford

  • And his responsibility is little greater than that of the section-boss.

    The Railroad Problem

    Edward Hungerford

  • Yet the section-boss seems to regard it as distinctly humorous.

    The Railroad Problem

    Edward Hungerford

  • Since his early boyhood, the section-boss had not known snow.

    The Plow-Woman

    Eleanor Gates