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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Trains & railways, Army, Navy
signalmansig‧nal‧man /ˈsɪɡnəlmən/ noun (plural signalmen /-mən/) [countable]  1 especially British EnglishTTT someone whose job is to control railway signals2 PMA (also signaller British English)PMN a member of the army or navy who is trained to send and receive signals
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signalmanAfter his demobilisation from the Navy he was accepted by the railway authorities to train as a signalman.Never again would a signalman give the signal that all was clear.A signalman passed by, motioning with his green flag.A factor in this was excessive overtime with many signalmen working 7 days a week for a month.All the same, signalmen can be a fund of unexpected tales and it is always interesting to hear their stories.The narrator, returning to the box shortly afterwards, finds that the signalman has been run over by a train.The signalman in his isolated box tells the narrator of an apparition he has now seen three times.The conditions under which signalmen had to work can only be imagined.
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