Last modified on 19 June 2013, at 20:14

like a train

EnglishEdit

A train.

Prepositional phraseEdit

like a train

  1. (simile, UK) With unstoppable momentum.
    • 1949, Walter Dalrymple Maitland Bell, Karamojo safari, page 85:
      I could not get a shot in. They turned in my direction and came like a train. I stopped the first and the others spilled round him at a frightful speed. I was in the eddy of the first beast, as it were. I got in another shot at an angle behind the ear and down he went.
    • 1994, Sheila Garrigue, The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito, ISBN 0689718098, page 17:
      "That tide's coming in like a train, and if the Raider breaks up, the currents will drag them under!" Her voice was desperate. "I don't see 'ow anyone can get to them!" It was true.
    • 2005, Alan Ball, Playing Extra Time, ISBN 0330427423, page 221:
      Aspinall was suspended for the first three games but we started like a train. We took ten points from the first twelve, beating Leeds 4—0 at home with Hilaire and Blake coming back, and we went to the top of the league.