cornfield meet

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Etymology[edit]

From cornfield and meet: early collisions often occurred out in the country alongside a cornfield, rather than the trains passing safely in a station or siding. Originated in the U.S., in use since at least the 19th century.

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cornfield meet (plural cornfield meets)

  1. (US, rail transport) The accidental head-on collision of two trains.
    • 2007: [A 1899 man discovering ragtime:] Now they're writing music that sounds like a cornfield meet. — Eddie Campbell, The Black Diamond Detective Agency, p. 137
  2. (US, rail transport) Sometimes also used for a near-collision in the same situation.

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References[edit]

  • CHAPMAN, Robert L., 1986; New Dictionary of American Slang, 3rd edition; Harper & Row, p. 83.
  • IRWIN, Godfrey (ed.), 1931; American Tramp and Underworld Slang; London: Scholartis, quoted in "Hobo Terminology", HoboNickels.org: Original Hobo Nickel Society.
  • McINTYRE, Terry L., 1969; "The Language of Railroading"; American Speech 44: 243-62.