pointsman

[ points-muh n ]
/ ˈpɔɪnts mən /
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noun, plural points·men. British.

a railway switchman.
a police officer who directs traffic, as at an intersection.

Nearby words

  1. pointing,
  2. pointing device,
  3. pointless,
  4. pointlessly,
  5. points system,
  6. pointwise,
  7. pointy,
  8. pointy-head,
  9. pointy-headed,
  10. poiret

Origin of pointsman

First recorded in 1840–50; point + -s3 + man1

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British Dictionary definitions for pointsman

pointsman

/ (ˈpɔɪntsˌmæn, -mən) /

noun plural -men

a person who operates railway pointsUS and Canadian equivalent: switchman
a policeman or traffic warden on point duty
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