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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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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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Railroader has previously been campaigned like a six-furlong specialist, winning at Chester and running well at York last time, but he had the benefit of a favourable draw each time and neither piece of form has worked out.
He's also an appealing choice, an up-from-the-ranks career railroader who knows the industry inside out.
Kimball of Paxton said he, too, had been a model railroader years ago and got back into the hobby when he picked up a model railroading magazine in a store on a rainy vacation day.
Trafton, a 23-year railroader who has handled a succession of increasingly important assignments since joining CN in July 1999, said: "The Wisconsin Central division stands at the center of CN's east-west, north-south continental network, making it a strategically important link in CN's system.
Our training campus in Homewood, adjacent to CN s Woodcrest mechanical shop, will enhance our railroader training programs, help us instill a strong safety culture amongst our new hires, and reinforce it across all current employees who are learning new skills or upgrading existing ones.
Rhodes (Associate Professor of History, Southeast Missouri State University) presents A Missouri Railroad Pioneer: The Life of Louis Houck, an extensively researched biography of business entrepreneur and self-taught railroader Louis Houck, who not only built an enterprise, but also brought art, culture, and formal education to all social classes.
Haverty, president and CEO of Kansas City Southern Railway and Chairman of Kansas City Southern Industries, has been named the magazine's Railroader of the Year.
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Wayne is a results oriented, customer service focused railroader.
In "Planning Scenery For Your Model Railroad" model railroading enthusiasts draws upon his considerable and impressive expertise to demonstrate how even the most novice model railroader can recreate the scenery they see in real life to modeling more natural appearing lakes, rocks, trees, clouds, and other scenery elements for the model railroad track layouts.
com from Kalmbach's "Model Railroader," "Scale Auto Enthusiast," "FineScale Modeler," "Garden Railways," "Classic Toy Trains" and "Trains" magazines, which boast a total circulation of more than 529,000.
Now that Queen's Park has unveiled a road-building timetable to reach the Far North mineral deposits, Ontario Northland Transportation Commission presidentCEO Corina Moore said the North Bay-headquartered Crown railroader has the ability to do the job.
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New York (AirGuide - Airline & Travel News) Fri, Feb 21, 2014 - Union Pacific Chairman James Young becomes Railway Age magazine's 50th recipient of its Railroader of the Year Award.
The singer, 69, shows off his massive railway layout in the latest edition of Model Railroader, He posed proudly beside his Three Rivers City track which fills a room of his Los Angeles mansion.