Railroad definition

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To transport by railroad.
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A road composed of parallel steel rails supported by ties and providing a track for locomotive-drawn trains or other wheeled vehicles.
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(informal) To rush through quickly, esp. so quickly as to prevent careful consideration.

To railroad a bill through Congress.

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A road laid with parallel steel rails along which cars carrying passengers or freight are drawn by locomotives.
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A system of railroad track, together with the land, stations, rolling stock, and other related property under one management.
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To rush or push (something) through quickly in order to prevent careful consideration and possible criticism or obstruction.

Railroad a special-interest bill through Congress.

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To convict (an accused person) without a fair trial or on trumped-up charges.
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To work for a railroad company.
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To work on a railroad.
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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.

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The transportation system comprising such roads and vehicles fitted to travel on the rails, usually with several vehicles connected together in a train.
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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.

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(figuratively) A procedure conducted or bullied in haste without due consideration.

The lawyers made the procedure a railroad to get the signatures they needed.

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To transport via railroad.
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(intransitive) To operate a railroad.

The Thatcherite experiment proved the private sector can railroad as inefficiently as a state monopoly.

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(intransitive) To work for a railroad.
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(intransitive) To engage in a hobby pertaining to railroads.
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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.

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To convict of a crime by circumventing due process.

They could only convict him by railroading him on suspect drug-possession charges.

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To transport by railroad.
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To supply (an area) with railroads.
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A complete system of such roads, including land, rolling stock, stations, etc.
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The persons or corporation owning and managing such a system.
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(slang) To cause to go to prison on a trumped-up charge or with too hasty a trial.
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To procedurally bully someone into an unfair agreement.

He was railroaded into signing a non-disclosure agreement at his exit interview.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
railroad
Plural:
railroads

Origin of railroad