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railroad (one) into (something)

To force one into some action or situation by putting a lot of pressure on one to hurry and acquiesce right away. I feel like the doctors railroaded me into getting this dangerous surgery, even though there's no guarantees that it will work or even help! Don't let them railroad you into signing any contracts until you've had a chance for your lawyer to look over them.
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railroad (something) through

To force the passage or acceptance of something, especially legislation, by an authoritative body such haste and pressure that the normal careful considerations of its implications are avoided. Riding a strong wave of pro-nationalist sentiment, the senator was able to railroad a bill through congress that would criminalize public criticism of the government. After the scandal, the board of directors of the giant corporation railroaded a policy change through that would curtail the rights of employees around the country.
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underground railroad

1. capitalized An organized network of secret workers, routes, and safe houses used to ferry escaped African-American slaves to free states or present-day Canada. A former slave herself, Harriet Tubman was an instrumental figure in the Underground Railroad, saving roughly 70 people from slavery over the course of 13 rescue missions.
2. By extension, any network of people working together secretly to help fugitives escape to places of safety and freedom. The human rights organization has begun operating an underground railroad in the third-world country to help human trafficking victims escape from bondage. A former slave herself, Harriet Tubman was an instrumental figure in the Underground Railroad

railroad tracks

1. slang Orthodontic braces used to correct the alignment of one's teeth. Ugh, I am going to be so ready to get these railroad tracks off my teeth! My jaw always aches for days whenever they tighten my railroad tracks.
2. slang Scarring caused by excessive intravenous drug use. Judging by the railroad tracks on his arm, I'd say our John Doe was an addict.
3. slang The bars of a military insignia worn by and indicating someone with the rank of Captain. Wear those railroad tracks with pride, Captain. You've earned them.
4. slang Lines of powdered narcotics, typically cocaine, prepared to be inhaled through the nose. When I saw them cutting up railroad tracks on the table, I knew it was time to leave the party. I snorted a couple railroad tracks before work to get my energy and attention back.
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railroad someone into something

to force someone into doing something in great haste. The salesman tried to railroad me into signing the contract. You can't railroad me into doing anything!
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railroad something through (something)

to force something through some legislative body without due consideration. The committee railroaded the new constitution through the ratification process. Mary felt she could railroad the legislation through.
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underground railroad

A secret network for moving and housing fugitives, as in There's definitely an underground railroad helping women escape abusive husbands. This term, dating from the first half of the 1800s, alludes to the network that secretly transported runaway slaves through the northern states to Canada. It was revived more than a century later for similar escape routes.

railroad tracks

1. n. dental braces. I can’t smile because of these railroad tracks.
2. n. rows of needle scars on the veins of the arms. Look at those railroad tracks on his arm. That means he shoots drugs.
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References in classic literature ?
This incident made a considerable impression on my mind, and contributed with other circumstances to indispose me to a permanent residence in the city of Vanity; although, of course, I was not simple enough to give up my original plan of gliding along easily and commodiously by railroad.
You see, way down there away from everywhere they just got to save their locomotives in times of trouble, because, without them, a railroad can't be run.
If the diseases and the railroad didn't get them, then it was the Spiggoties got them.
The railroad skirted it twelve thousand feet above sea level, and the top of it ten thousand feet higher than that.
The railroad hadn't killed him yet, and he pieced out a lot for me.
she must have packed that gold chip in my trunk), until they found out I was a man without a mind, and the railroad sent me back to Nebraska.
On my agreeing to finance the adventure, he promised to call on me at my hotel next morning with the letters of Seth Manners and the railroad, and conclude arrangements.
They advocated government ownership of such trusts as the railroads and telegraphs, and excessive income taxes, graduated with ferocity, to destroy large accumulations.
15 that Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad workers were burning a pile of railroad ties along the railroad line just south of Cottage Grove.
The short line railroad track maintenance credit provides short line and regional railroads a 50 percent tax credit for every dollar spent on railroad track maintenance, up to $3,500 per mile of track owned or leased by the railroad.
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One portion of the building features a model of the Southern Pacific Railroad line from Burbank to Port Hueneme, along which the depot that used to sit at Los Angeles Avenue and Tapo Street.
The brainchild of the country's private ports chamber, the Rosario stock market and the Ferrocamara railroad association, Circunvalar would build a ring of highways and railroads in and around the city to better handle the transfer of cargoes between trucks and trains.
The facility owners say they are incorporated as a railroad and are locating their operation on a railroad line, and thus are under the jurisdiction of the federal STB and no other federal, state, and local regulations, including zoning and environmental laws.
With the opening last summer of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the publication of a flood of new books, this important pillar of our history is being recast, filling in the gaps of our knowledge.