a person or thing that splits logs into rails, especially for fences.
(initial capital letter) nickname of Abraham Lincoln.

Nearby words

  1. rail fence,
  2. rail gauge,
  3. rail gun,
  4. rail rage,
  5. rail rapid transit,
  6. railage,
  7. railbird,
  8. railcar,
  9. railcard,
  10. railhead

Origin of rail-splitter

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; rail1 + splitter

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Word Origin and History for rail-splitter



1853, from rail (n.1) + agent noun from split (v.). Usually with reference to or suggestion of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, as it figured in his political biography.

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