Origin of railroading
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of railroad
Related Words for railroadingdetain, jail, confine, imprison, sentence, hold, urge, sue, force, worry, demand, push, assail, squeeze, petition, depress, propel, shove, launch, bump
Examples from the Web for railroading
Contemporary Examples of railroading
The most direct mail route was not the one best suited for human travel in a time when railroading was still in its infancy.Santorum’s Audi and Other Political Transportation Follies
February 18, 2012
By railroading the McDonnells and Joneses of the world out of public life, we're left with colorless numbskulls.Leave Van Jones Alone
September 8, 2009
Historical Examples of railroading
We love to run past the signals, in our railroading and in our thinking.The American Mind
At any rate we'll have to call off railroading for to-night, for if you are not sleepy, I am.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
That was real railroading, the top-notch of railroading, too.
It is the same in railroading—or anything else, for that matter.
At one time, from 1849 to 1855, I was engaged in railroading.
1842, "travel by rail," from railroad (n.). As "business of running railways" from 1882.
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).