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section boss

noun, Railroads.
1.
the boss of a section gang.
Origin of section boss
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70
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  • What on earth could you have to say to a section boss—or he to you?

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • I guess it's just this section boss that does it on his own hook.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • After this I wish you'd keep your eyes open for this section boss.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • For twinty years a section boss, he worked upon the track, And be it to his cred-i-it he niver had a wrack.

    Cowboy Songs Various
  • The section boss tells me his name is Williams, and that he works in the machine shops.

    Caleb West, Master Diver F. Hopkinson Smith
  • The section boss looked about with an uncertain air at the crowd of waiting men.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • Jim Boyle was smoking a cheap cigar brought out from Jumpoff by the section boss.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • Bannon crossed to the section boss, who recognized him and without comment handed him a telegraphed order.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • Presently the section boss came limping along painfully, and sat down on the bank in the warm spring sunshine.

    Two Little Knights of Kentucky Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Well, sir, his tone was that fierce th' section boss he dhropped right there iv sheer fright; an' Flannagan was cock iv th' walk.

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