- a person who has charge of a switch on a railroad.
- a person who assists in moving cars in a railway yard or terminal.
Origin of switchman
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Examples from the Web for switchman
"Yes, we get our milk at Mr. Hasting's place," answered the switchman.
At home they knew a switchman who lived in a little shanty just like this.
It was all the same as far as telling the switchman was concerned.
The switchman who transfers a train from one line to another?The Conquest of Bread
The switchman of a decade ago could always be counted upon to fight.Snow on the Headlight
- US and Canadian a person who operates railway pointsAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): pointsman
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