jerkwater

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jerkwater (plural jerkwaters)

  1. (US, historical) A train on a branch line.
    • 1975, Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 71, no. 1 (Mar. 1975), page 355
      […] by bailing from near streams with buckets, (the brake-man called this operation jerking water) and from this the road gets its name of jerkwater road.

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jerkwater (comparative more jerkwater, superlative most jerkwater)

  1. (US, colloquial, pejorative) Of an inhabited place, small, insignificant, backward

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