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railroad (plural railroads)
- (chiefly US and Canada) A permanent road consisting of fixed metal rails to drive trains or similar motorized vehicles on.
- Many railroads roughly follow the trace of older land - and/or water roads
- (chiefly US and Canada)The transportation system comprising such roads and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together in a train.
- (chiefly US and Canada)A single, privately or publicly owned property comprising one or more such roads and usually associated assets
- Railroads can only compete fully if their tracks are technically compatible with and linked to each-other
- (figuratively) A procedure conducted or bullied in haste without due consideration.
- The lawyers made the procedure a railroad to get the signatures they needed.
- railway (UK)
permanent road consisting of fixed metal rails — see railway
transportation system — see railway
unduly hastened procedure
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- (transitive) To transport via railroad.
- (intransitive) To operate a railroad.
- The Thatcherite experiment proved the private sector can railroad as inefficiently as a state monopoly
- (intransitive) To work for a railroad.
- (intransitive) To engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads.
- (transitive) To manipulate and hasten a procedure, as of formal approval of a law or resolution.
- The majority railroaded the bill through parliament, without the customary expert studies which would delay it till after the elections.
- (transitive) To convict of a crime by circumventing due process.
- They could only convict him by railroading him on suspect drug-possession charges.
- (transitive) To procedurally bully someone into an unfair agreement.
- He was railroaded into signing a non-disclosure agreement at his exit interview.
- (role-playing games) To force characters to complete a task before allowing the plot to continue.
to transport via railroad
to operate a railroad
to engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads
to manipulate and hasten a procedure