- a railway switchman.
- a police officer who directs traffic, as at an intersection.
Origin of pointsman
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Examples from the Web for pointsman
At the Olympic Mr. Willard has made his mark as the Pointsman.
He took the risk instantly, shouted to the pointsman, and began to back his car.The Hero of Panama
F. S. Brereton
The company says--he is--and the public says--he is; but I'm--a pointsman--and I know--better.London's Heart
B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
Such a withered old face was the face of the pointsman at No. 11 point!From Sea to Sea
The pointsman who presides over this junction is the librarian.In the Name of the Bodleian and Other Essays
- a person who operates railway pointsUS and Canadian equivalent: switchman
- a policeman or traffic warden on point duty