- to utter bitter complaint or vehement denunciation (often followed by at or against): to rail at fate.
- to bring, force, etc., by railing.
Origin of rail2
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Examples from the Web for railers
Scolds and railers were set on a ducking-stool and dipped over head and ears three times, in running water, if possible.
Stop the mouths of the railers; and suffer your old friends, upon the old terms, again to honour and admire you.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
Running at the top of their speed the railers came to Ben, telling how the Parson had put them to shame.My Neighbors
In a word, it seems to me that all the writers are on one side, and all the railers on the other.The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Vol. VII
- a horizontal bar of wood, metal, etc, supported by vertical posts, functioning as a fence, barrier, handrail, etc
- a horizontal bar fixed to a wall on which to hang thingsa picture rail
- a horizontal framing member in a door or piece of panellingCompare stile 2
- short for railing
- one of a pair of parallel bars laid on a prepared track, roadway, etc, that serve as a guide and running surface for the wheels of a railway train, tramcar, etc
- short for railway
- (as modifier)rail transport
- nautical a trim for finishing the top of a bulwark
- off the rails
- into or in a state of dysfunction or disorder
- eccentric or mad
- to provide with a rail or railings
- (usually foll by in or off) to fence (an area) with rails
- (intr ; foll by at or against) to complain bitterly or vehementlyto rail against fate
- any of various small wading birds of the genus Rallus and related genera: family Rallidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, etc). They have short wings, long legs, and dark plumage
Word Origin and History for railers
"horizontal bar passing from one post or support to another," c.1300, from Old French reille "bolt, bar," from Vulgar Latin *regla, from Latin regula "straight stick," diminutive form related to regere "to straighten, guide" (see regal). Used figuratively for thinness from 1872. To be off the rails in a figurative sense is from 1848, an image from the railroads. In U.S. use, "A piece of timber, cleft, hewed, or sawed, inserted in upright posts for fencing" [Webster, 1830].
"small wading bird," mid-15c., from Old French raale (13c.), related to râler "to rattle," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative of its cry.
"complain," mid-15c., from Middle French railler "to tease or joke" (15c.), perhaps from Old Provençal ralhar "scoff, to chat, to joke," from Vulgar Latin *ragulare "to bray" (cf. Italian ragghiare "to bray"), from Late Latin ragere "to roar," probably of imitative origin. See rally (v.2). Related: Railed; railing.
Idioms and Phrases with railers
see off the rails; thin as a rail; third rail.