verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of railroad
Examples from the Web for railroad
Contemporary Examples of railroad
It was from a former Railroad Commission employee who had gone to work for an oil and gas developer.
A Railroad Commission employee drove him 80 miles to his home in Freer.
Kocurek and Wright, who worked in different Railroad Commission districts, were fired within months of each other in 2013.
He said he prefers to forget about his 18-month stint with the Railroad Commission.
Even if the real Henry never existed, thousands of black workers built the railroad tracks crisscrossing Ohio.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero
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Historical Examples of railroad
"We'd better go to the railroad depot, Mr. Dunham," he said.Brave and Bold
I feared rough usage at the railroad, and rougher associations.
I was given a letter to Leadbitter, and immediately started on foot for the railroad.
My reasons for not wanting to go to the railroad to work were good.
Here is a Railroad Accident, such as you have often wished to see.
1757, from rail (n.1) + road. Originally "road laid with rails for heavy wagons (in mining)." The process itself (but not the word) seems to have been in use by late 17c. Application to passenger and freight trains dates from 1825, though tending to be replaced in this sense in England by railway.
"to convict quickly and perhaps unjustly," 1873, American English, from railroad (n.).
A person knowing more than might be desirable of the affairs, or perhaps the previous life of some powerful individual, high in authority, might some day ventilate his knowledge, possibly before a court of justice; but if his wisdom is railroaded to State's prison, his evidence becomes harmless. ["Wanderings of a Vagabond," New York, 1873]
Related: Railroaded; railroading. An earlier verb sense was "to have a mania for building railroads" (1847).