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One that splits logs, as for fences.


a person or thing that splits logs into rails, esp. for fences.
[1855–60, Amer.]
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Noun1.rail-splitter - a laborer who splits logs to build split-rail fences
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
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When canal boys and rail-splitters, the lowliest of the stupid lowly, as she had read in her school history, could find their way out and become presidents of the nation and rule over even the clever ones in their automobiles, then could she find her way out and win to the tiny reward she craved--Billy, a little love, a little happiness.
He has written not only a comprehensive biography of facts, but a rare account of Lincoln's spiritual journey from common rail-splitter to American savior.
Lincoln lived in this village from 1831 to 1837, where he worked at a variety of jobs as a shopkeeper, rail-splitter, postmaster, and surveyor.