Meaning of “railroad” in the English Dictionary

"railroad" in British English

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railroadnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈreɪl.rəʊd/ us /ˈreɪl.roʊd/ US UK railway, written abbreviation RR

the metal tracks on which trains run:

We live close to the railroad line.
She travelled across Siberia on the Trans-Siberian railroad.

A2 the system of tracks, stations, trains, etc.:

Thomas Grant worked on the railroad(s) for 50 years.

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railroadverb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

uk /ˈreɪl.rəʊd/ us /ˈreɪl.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 special vehicles whose wheels turn on metal bars fixed to the ground, or a particular company using such a system:

railroad tracks
a railroad station
the Pennsylvania Railroad

railroadverb [ T always + adv/prep ]

us /ˈreɪlˌroʊd/

railroad verb [ T always + adv/prep ] (FORCE)

to force something to happen or force someone to do something, esp. quickly and unfairly:

We feel that our client was railroaded into pleading guilty.

(Definition of “railroad” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"railroad" in Business English

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railroadnoun

uk /ˈreɪlrəʊd/ us US TRANSPORT

[ C or U ] a system of tracks that trains travel along:

A potential client turned 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 transporting people 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 /ˈreɪlrəʊd/ us

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 immigration control.

(Definition of “railroad” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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