pointsman

[ points-muhn ]
/ ˈpɔɪnts mən /

noun, plural points·men.British.

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

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Origin of pointsman

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