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- 1 [with object] • informal Rush or coerce (someone) into doing something: she hesitated, unwilling to be railroaded into a decisionMore 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’.
- 1.1Cause (a measure) to be passed or approved quickly by applying pressure: the Bill had been railroaded through the HouseMore example sentences
- 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 accusedMore 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 railroadingMore 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.