jump the rails

Definition of jump the rails

chiefly British, of a train
:to come off the track
  • Dozens of people were injured when the train jumped the rails.

Word by Word Definitions

jump play
  1. : to spring into the air : leap

  2. : to move suddenly or involuntarily : start

  3. : to move energetically : hustle

  1. : an act of jumping : leap

  2. : any of several sports competitions featuring a leap, spring, or bound

  3. : a leap in figure skating in which the skater leaves the ice with both feet and turns in the air

  1. : exactly, pat

rail play rails
  1. : a bar extending from one post or support to another and serving as a guard or barrier

  2. : a structural member or support

  3. : railing

  1. : to provide with a railing : fence

  1. : any of numerous wading birds (family Rallidae, the rail family) that are of small or medium size and have short rounded wings, a short tail, and usually very long toes which enable them to run on the soft mud of marshes

  1. : to revile or scold in harsh, insolent, or abusive language


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