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 The switchman he was initially accused of killing actually survived, Boyles said. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 Five years later, John Brown was accused of severely injuring a switchman on an Illinois Central Railroad train. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2020 Weeks, a clerk at phone company Southern Bell, applied for an open job as a switchman. Bryce Covert, Cosmopolitan, 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, 31 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of switchman

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of switchman was in 1843

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“Switchman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchman. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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