Definition of railroad in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈreɪlrəʊd/


North American term for railway.
Example sentences
  • The rolling stock was purchased second hand, often as scrap from the mainline railroads.
  • The Erie built it to connect its mainline with other railroads.
  • It is a reminder, too, that the story of the C&O is about more than railroads and railroading.


1 [with object] informal Rush or coerce (someone) into doing something: she hesitated, unwilling to be railroaded into a decision
More example sentences
  • I was railroaded into a way of making music I wouldn't have gone for.
  • We won't be railroaded into a decision, you know.
  • Instead of taking the lead in tackling the problem, once again they are being railroaded into joining a ‘global coalition’.
coerce, force, compel, pressure, pressurize, badger, hustle, pester, hound, harass, nag, harry, urge, goad, prod, spur;
British informal bounce
North American informal fast-talk
1.1Cause (a measure) to be passed or approved quickly by applying pressure: the Bill had been railroaded through the House
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  • Another chilling measure was railroaded through federal parliament this week without any noticeable media coverage.
  • Much of this legislation, cynically titled the USA Patriot Act, was railroaded through Congress within six weeks of the terrorist attacks of that fateful September morning.
  • This was railroaded through so fast most local governments didn't even know about it.
1.2North American Send (someone) to prison without a fair trial: they know I was railroaded and falsely accused
More example sentences
  • Criminal cops ride roughshod over prosecutors and juries and railroad people into prison or worse.
  • Prosecutors and court judges routinely promoted and rewarded police misconduct, as hundreds of innocent persons were railroaded and tossed into prison.
  • In the end, while one can reasonably argue that Arnold got what he deserved, the indications are that Jesse was railroaded and ended up serving time for a crime he did not commit.
2 [no object] (usually as noun railroading) North American Travel or work on the railways: the very early days of railroading
More example sentences
  • I have had an interest in railroading, and in railway signal systems, since I was about ten years old.
  • He enjoys railroading so much he even works on manufacturing real railcars for Gunderson in Portland.
  • It is a reminder, too, that the story of the C&O is about more than railroads and railroading.

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