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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.
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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
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(ˈbreɪk mən)

n., pl. -men.
a railroad worker who assists the conductor in the operation of a train.
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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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References in classic literature ?
Maybe he came in on a freight, but the brakeman hadn't seen him.
Every third man wears a uniform, and whether he be a marshal of the empire or a brakeman, he is ready and perfectly willing to answer all your questions with tireless politeness, ready to tell you which car to take, yea, and ready to go and put you into it to make sure that you shall not go astray.
Upon the top of the car was a brakeman, who shook his fist and swore; Jurgis waved his hand derisively, and started across the country.
"He was offered the situation of brakeman; but, to tell you the truth, our friend Greatheart has grown preposterously stiff and narrow in his old age.
The other competitor would be serving as the pilot, sitting at the front of the racing sled and steering, while Raice would serve as the brakeman, pulling a lever to get the go-kart-like sleigh to slow down after crossing the finish line.
The Team GB brakeman appeared on Friday night's The Big Audition on ITV as he continues pursuing his dream of winning gold at Beijing's 2022 Games.
Instead, the more than 100-year-old wooden Rutsjebanen (rollercoaster) will have to do for spine-tingling thrills, being one of only a handful of rollercoasters worldwide where a brakeman still rides along.
(Kathleen) Thorsen, Martha (Robert) Alworth, Nancy (David) Brakeman, Robert (Jule) Thorsen and Karen (Frederick) Gullen.
Canadian pilot Justin Kripps and brakeman Alexander Kopacz and Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis, the German pilot and brakeman, respectively, could not be separated after four runs.
In the men's two-man bobsleigh event, pilot Brad Hall and brakeman Joel Fearon were seventh after two runs.
Seaman First Class Rolando Isidro, the bobsled pilot, and Seamon Second Class Jeffrey Dela Cruz, brakeman, joined the distinguished competition held at the Olympia Eiskanal in Igls, Tirol, Austria on Jan.