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One who operates, inspects, or repairs brakes, especially a railroad employee who assists the conductor and checks on the operation of a train's brakes.


n, pl -men
1. (Railways) US and Canadian a crew member of a goods or passenger train. His duties include controlling auxiliary braking power and inspecting the train
2. (Team Sports, other than specified) the person at the back of a two- or four-man bobsleigh, who operates the brake


(ˈbreɪk mən)

n., pl. -men.
a railroad worker who assists the conductor in the operation of a train.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brakeman - a railroad employee responsible for a train's brakes
railroad man, railroader, railway man, railwayman, trainman - an employee of a railroad
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The cars never pause to look at it; yet I fancy that the engineers and firemen and brakemen, and those passengers who have a season ticket and see it often, are better men for the sight.
Helped by his two brakemen, Paul Milson and John Vergopoulos, he will be running an average of 17 miles a day to reach the finishing line at the Guildhall in the City of London on Sunday.
Driver Justin Kripps, with three new brakemen in his sled, flipped on one of the curves on the Sanki Sliding Center track.
On notices saying DRIVERS, FIREMEN, GUARDS, SIGNALMEN AND BRAKEMEN ARE ALL OUT came the lethal sentence: "Are you willing to be known as a blackleg?
White employers demanded that African American workers who continued to work as brakemen and flagmen, as they had during the war, accept lower wages for such skilled work than their white counterparts were paid.
A friend told him the railroad was hiring brakemen, and he should apply.
Courtesy the universal sign of the tourist--camera around the neck--one of the brakemen ushered me into the first bogey with a commanding view of everything in front.
There are currently four brakemen, the person at the back of the bobsleigh in charge of supplying most of the momentum at the start, in the world cup squad of which Julia is one.
In addition to working in railroad yards, female train service employees acted as brakemen and ticket collectors on local passenger and commuter trains, particularly in the vicinity of New York and Philadelphia.
It was marshalled by shunting men and brakemen running around shouting or carrying out instructions.
Prior to Westinghouse's invention, brakemen had to move from one railcar to the next, turning hand brakes to stop trains.
After the Civil War, African Americans comprised a sizable proportion of the work force of firemen and brakemen on southern railroads, and they fully occupied service positions on dining and sleeping cars as well as in baggage handling.