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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 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.
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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 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 ?
Among the idlers about the train, most of whom were puffing cigars which they had lighted at the flame of the crater, I was perplexed to notice several who, to my certain knowledge, had heretofore set forth by railroad for the Celestial City.
On the contrary, as the new railroad brings with it great trade and a constant influx of strangers, the lord of Vanity Fair is its chief patron, and the capitalists of the city are among the largest stockholders.
I am merely a sojourner here in Vanity Fair, being bound to the Celestial City by the new railroad."
Foot-it-to-heaven, "has refused, and will ever refuse, to grant an act of incorporation for this railroad; and unless that be obtained, no passenger can ever hope to enter his dominions.
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. Still, I grew anxious to be gone.
She was the big ferry boat that carried the railroad passengers across the river to Guayaquil.
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.
"And luck was with me on that railroad. Why, I saw fellows fresh from the States pass out, some of them not a week on their first run.
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.
Now that the Bitola-Kremenica railroad is finished, what is left to do is to connect the two reconstructed railroads at the border crossing.
The AmWINS Railroad team writes business of all sizes, ranging from rolling stock to Class 1 railroads, and everything in between.
Snowdon, an independent scholar and writer in New Zealand, compares the origins of railroads in England and the US in the 19th century, to show how the new railroad system acquired a national style reflecting key aspects of culture and social structure in each country, as well as predominant ideologies of the time.