Examples of third rail in a Sentence
Social Security is the third rail of American politics.
Recent Examples of third rail from the Web
Anyone who thinks Social Security is the third rail of American politics has clearly never talked about firearms with an NRA member.
Boston fire spokesman Marc Sanders said firefighters received a call around 10:04 p.m. reporting a small fire on the third rail at the T station.
For many Republicans, the provision to arm teachers is a selling point of a bill filled with gun control measures that have been a third rail of GOP politics for decades.
Yet contemporary gun politics has at least partly succeeded in turning the debate over gun laws into a kind of third rail.
Pulverized stone showered onto the third rail below, before the worker plugged the fresh hole with a length of rubber hose.
In the third rail car, a seat had fallen onto Dorsey’s legs, her son said.
Just as the president lays his hand on the third rail of race, the athletes are responding.
Stoked by the dissemination powers of the internet, this year was a maelstrom of debate about who wields power, how gender is represented and how artists contend with that third rail of American society: race.
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First Known Use of third rail
THIRD RAIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of third rail for English Language Learners
: a metal rail on a train track that carries electric current to the train's motor
: a difficult issue that politicians try to avoid talking about
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