switch·​man | \ ˈswich-mən How to pronounce switchman (audio) \

Definition of switchman

: one who attends a switch (as in a railroad yard)

Examples of switchman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weeks, a clerk at phone company Southern Bell, applied for an open job as a switchman. Bryce Covert, Cosmopolitan, "The Viral Google Memo Is About the Stereotypes That Hold Women Back," 9 Aug. 2017 Coach Williams’s longtime man Friday, Wayne Walden, a former academic counselor, played switchman, steering basketball players to these classes. Michael Powell, New York Times, "North Carolina’s Dominance Fails to Cover Cheating’s Stain," 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of switchman

1843, in the meaning defined above

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