lineman

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line +‎ -man

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lineman (plural linemen)

  1. a person who installs and repairs overhead cables (either power or telephone); a linesman
    • 1962 August, G. M. Kichenside, “Resignalling for the Kent Coast electrification—Phase II”, in Modern Railways, page 126:
      In the event of a failure, by the operation of a switch signalmen at the panel boxes can set up flashing white lights on certain signalling apparatus cases spaced at approximately half-mile intervals alongside the line, in order to call the lineman. The lineman can communicate with the signalman by plugging in a hand telephone at any one of these points.
  2. (American football) a player who specializes in play at the line of scrimmage

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