Definition of pointsman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɔɪntsmən/

noun (plural pointsmen)

A person in charge of railway points.
Example sentences
  • Railway shunters, pointsmen, signalmen and yardmasters began an indefinite strike at midnight on August 5, demanding the immediate settlement of salary anomalies.
  • More than 800 railway shunters, signal operators and pointsmen from 10 stations across Sri Lanka struck for 24 hours on May 26 to demand a salary increase.
  • On inquiry it turned out that the investigation had sought to beam in on the man ‘directly responsible’; the fellow manning the level crossing, say, or the pointsman.

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