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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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Two brakesmen controlled the speed by the application of brakes.
At other times the brakesmen were friendly, and even offered assistance in the way of food, drink or tobacco.
Compare that with the pound a week Beasley's brakesmen got after five years' service.