Either from the fact that early train collisions often occurred out in the country alongside a cornfield rather than in a station or siding; or from staged events where two old steam locomotives were purposely run head on at each other, often in a open field, for public entertainment.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɔːnfiːld ˌmiːt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɔɹnˌfild ˌmit/
- Hyphenation: corn‧field meet
- (US, rail transport) An accidental head-on collision or near head-on collision of two trains. [from 19th c.]
- Robert L[undquist] Chapman, editor (1986) New Dictionary of American Slang, 3rd edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Row, →ISBN, page 83.
- Eric Partridge (1931), G[odfrey] Irwin, editor, American Tramp and Underworld Slang [...] With a Number of Tramp Songs. Edited with Essays [...] by G. Irwin. With a Terminal Essay on American Slang in its Relation to English Thieves’ Slang by Eric Partridge, London: Eric Partridge, OCLC 753255579.
- Terry L. McIntyre (winter 1969), “The Language of Railroading”, in American Speech, volume 44, issue 4, JSTOR 454681, pages 243–262.