jump the rails

Definition of jump the rails

chiefly British, of a train

  1. :  to come off the track Dozens of people were injured when the train jumped the rails.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to spring into the air :  leap

    :  to spring free from the ground or other base by the muscular action of feet and legs

    :  to move suddenly or involuntarily :  start

  1. :  an act of jumping :  leap

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

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

  1. :  exactly, pat

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

    :  a structural member or support

    :  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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to cast off or become cast off

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