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One that splits logs, as for fences.
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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.
Activities in the free zone include face-painting and balloon artistry for a $2 fee, and free performances by a juggler, stilt walker, rail-splitter and magician.
As Updike explained, "In my Pennsylvania childhood, I knew him to be the only President our great and ancient state had produced, but where were the monuments, the Buchanan Avenues, the extollatory juvenile volumes with titles like Jimmie Buchanan, Keystone Son in the White House or 'Old Buck' the Hair-Splitter Who Preceded the Rail-Splitter?'"