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section hand

noun, Railroads.
1.
a person who works on a section gang.
Also called tracklayer.
Origin of section hand
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75
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  • It was John Simpson, a yard switchman who spoke this taunt to a section hand.

  • This man isn't a section hand: he's wearing a uniform; he has a cap; it looks as if he had some right to tell us to stop.

  • Then I come to Winnsboro and git a job as section hand laborer on de railroad.

  • The whole thing wasn't any bigger an asset than a job as a section hand on the U P.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • And that, as it happened, was exactly the place from which it was revealed to the choleric near-Shuswap section hand.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • But she has never before been seen in America employed, for instance, as a section hand on a railway.

    Mobilizing Woman-Power

    Harriot Stanton Blatch
  • Maybe some section hand stuck a feather of that eagle in his hat and called it macaroni!

  • While he worked with a half dozen other men as a section hand on the railroad, two men did all the talking.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson
  • The section hand's daughter was a slender woman of thirty with tired blue eyes and red hair.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson

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