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A man who operates railroad switches.


n, pl -men
(Railways) US and Canadian a person who operates railway points. Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): pointsman


(ˈswɪtʃ mən)

n., pl. -men.
a person who has charge of a switch on a railroad.
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Noun1.switchman - a man who operates railroad switchesswitchman - a man who operates railroad switches
manipulator, operator - an agent that operates some apparatus or machine; "the operator of the switchboard"


[ˈswɪtʃmən] N (switchmen (pl)) (US) → guardagujas m inv
References in classic literature ?
It sometimes does, even if some switchman doesn't flag it.
He worked as a switchman for Southern Pacific Railroad for 42 years and is retired.
His work in the railway system began in 1978 as a switchman at the station.
Following his service to his country, he started his career in the telephone industry, in 1952, with New Jersey Bell and later moved to upstate New York and transferred his service as a switchman for New York Bell Telephone Company until his retirement in 1983.
He was, for most of his working life, a switchman for the phone company.
Also employed by the CNR, as a switchman, was Edward Villburn.
Rather than any particular book, it is indeed these connections and correlations that should be the focus of the cultivated individual, much as a railroad switchman should focus on the relations between trains--that is, their crossings and transfers--rather than the contents of any specific convoy.
On September 2, 2010--the day after the Act became effective in New York--Earl Ives, an employee of the South Buffalo Railway Company, injured himself while working as a switchman with the railroad.
28) With these benefits came many perils: "The injury rate among railroad employees in the late nineteenth century was horrific--the average life expectancy of a switchman was seven years, and a brakeman's chance of dying from natural causes was less than one in five.
1967) (alleging that employer had a policy of making gender a qualification for a switchman position), aff'd in part, rev'd in part, 408 F.
2, 1910, one day after New York state's new workers' comp system became effective, Earl Ives, a railroad switchman, sprained his ankle on the job near Buffalo.
Similarly, Corra and Wilier (2002:180) argue that a gatekeeper exercises power to control access to 'benefits', and 'acts as a switchman, determining whether clients can actively pursue benefits'.