Definition of railroad in English:


Line breaks: rail|road
Pronunciation: /ˈreɪlrəʊd


  • North American term for railway.
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    • 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.


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  • 1 [with object] informal Rush or coerce (someone) into doing something: she hesitated, unwilling to be railroaded into a decision
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    • 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; browbeat, bludgeon, bulldoze, steamroller, dragoon, prevail on, strong-arm
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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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