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[swich-yahrd] /ˈswɪtʃˌyɑrd/
a railroad yard in which rolling stock is distributed or made up into trains.
Origin of switchyard
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; switch + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Snorky proudly brought forth a diagram which to Skippy's bewildered gaze looked like the cross section of a switch yard.

    Skippy Bedelle Owen Johnson
  • Thank Gawd, there was a back door openin' on a dark alley leadin' to the switch yard.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for switch yard

switch yard

(US & Canadian) an area in a railway system where rolling stock is shunted, as in forming trains
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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