Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural lengthmen)archaic
A person employed to maintain a section of road or railway.
- But when each village station had a staff of up to a dozen, all told, plus the local lengthmen, platelayers and the like, the railway must have featured large in the village economy on a national scale.
- But all the councils have set their precepts for this year and the only way they could afford to employ a lengthman would be to raise the parish precepts next year.
- Only Westen - hanger, Chilham, Grove Ferry and Wye had fewer than five staff, and that does not include lengthmen.
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