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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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Although the ideal of respectable, temperate manhood articulated by Debs and other brotherhood leaders involved bodily control in the best Victorian, bourgeois fashion, they also emphasized the physical aspects of railroading.
Furthermore, an alcoholic for much of her railroading career, she quits drinking, which takes her that much more outside of her hard-drinking profession.
Scheduled railroading - or precision railroading as we now know it -- gave us the tools to improve service still further and to vastly improve the productivity of our assets and our people.
A work of original scholarship that is also completely accessible for the non-specialist general reader, The Train Stops Here is especially recommended for personal, professional, and academic library reference collections in Architectural Studies, Western History, and American Railroading History.
The turnaround experienced by SJVR shows what can be done when basic railroading principles, like customer service, safety and performance become the building blocks of resurgence.
First published in 1876, Railway Age covers the North American freight railroading and rail transit industry.