Meaning of “short-line railroad” in the English Dictionary

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"short-line railroad" in British English

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short-line railroadnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌʃɔːt.laɪn ˈreɪl.rəʊd/ us /ˌʃɔːrt.laɪn ˈreɪl.roʊd/ also short-line railway, uk /ˌʃɔːt.laɪnˈreɪl.weɪ/ us /ˌʃɔːrt-/

US a railway company that operates over a fairly small area

(Definition of “short-line railroad” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)