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brake-van

[ breyk-van ]
/ ˈbreɪkˌvæn /
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noun British.

the caboose of a railway train.

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Origin of brake-van

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for brake-van

brake van

noun

railways, British the coach or vehicle from which the guard applies the brakes; guard's van
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