A popular American song from the early twentieth century, about an actual American railway engineer, John Luther (“Casey”) Jones. When his train was about to crash, Casey told his assistant to jump but stayed at the controls himself and applied the brakes. Although his train crashed and Casey was killed, the passengers survived.
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How to use “Casey Jones” in a sentence
Several men are dressed in white hockey masks like Casey Jones from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.Axwell Presents Cosmic Opera at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom | Marlow Stern | February 25, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then a neighbor boy came down the sidewalk outside her window, singing "Casey Jones" as if he hadn't a care in the world.Song of the Lark | Willa Cather
"If it had been Casey Jones now—" he began, but something in my face stopped him.
The buster had christened him Casey Jones, after the celebrated engineer, because of the desperate quality of his courage.
Time and again Casey Jones leaped straight into the air and turned back under his rider.
At last Casey Jones stopped, his legs wide apart, his head drooped and his breath whistling.