pointsman

[points-muh n]

Origin of pointsman

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

noun plural -men
  1. a person who operates railway pointsUS and Canadian equivalent: switchman
  2. a policeman or traffic warden on point duty
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