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Meaning of “railroad” in the English Dictionary

"railroad" in British English

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railroadnoun [C]

uk   /ˈreɪl.rəʊd/  us   /-roʊd/ US (UK railway, written abbreviation RR)
the ​metaltracks on which ​trainsrun: We ​liveclose to the railroad line. She ​travelledacross Siberia on the Trans-Siberian railroad.A2 the ​system of ​tracks, ​stations, ​trains, etc.: a railroad ​station/​timetable/​siding Thomas Grant ​worked on the railroad(s) for 50 ​years.

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railroadverb [T usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ˈreɪl.rəʊd/  us   /-roʊd/
(Definition of railroad from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"railroad" in American English

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railroadnoun [C]

 us   /ˈreɪlˌroʊd/ (also railway,  /ˈreɪlˌweɪ/ )
  • railroad noun [C] (TRANSPORTATION)

a ​system of ​transportation using ​specialvehicles whose ​wheelsturn on ​metalbarsfixed to the ​ground, or a ​particularcompany using such a ​system: railroad ​tracks a railroad ​station the Pennsylvania Railroad

railroadverb [T always + adv/prep]

 us   /ˈreɪlˌroʊd/
to ​force something to ​happen or ​force someone to do something, esp. ​quickly and ​unfairly: We ​feel that ​ourclient was railroaded into ​pleadingguilty.
(Definition of railroad from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"railroad" in Business English

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railroadnoun

uk   us   /ˈreɪlrəʊd/ US TRANSPORT
[C or U] a ​system of ​tracks that ​trainstravel along: A ​potentialclientturned down the ​site because it isn't near a railroad.a railroad car/track/bridge, etc. Downtown is bordered at one end by railroad ​tracks, the other end by a bayou. a railroad ​depot/​station
[C] the ​companies, ​work, and ​people involved in ​transportingpeople and ​goods by ​train: We understand the railroads need to make a ​profit. After ​dropping out of school, he ​worked on the railroad.

railroadverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈreɪlrəʊd/
to ​force somebody to do or ​accept something without ​allowing them to ​refuse: railroad sb into doing sth We ​felt we were being railroaded into ​accepting a ​deal.railroad sb into sth We could be railroaded into a ​merger. Unfortunately, this ​scheme is being railroaded through Westminster under the pretext of ​immigrationcontrol.
(Definition of railroad from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “railroad”
in Chinese (Simplified) 铁路…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鐵路…
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“railroad” in British English

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