rail-splitter

[reyl-split-er]

Origin of rail-splitter

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; rail1 + splitter
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Word Origin and History for rail-splitter
n.

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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