informal To force the passage or acceptance of something, especially legislation, by an authoritative body with 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 that would curtail the rights of employees around the country.
See also: railroad
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