railway sleeper

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railway sleeper (plural railway sleepers)

  1. (rail transport, chiefly UK) A railroad tie.
    • 2021 December 29, Stephen Roberts, “Stories and facts behind railway plaques: Reading (1840)”, in RAIL, number 947, page 56:
      West's friends were so appalled by the nature of his death that they arranged for a wooden memorial in the churchyard of St Laurence's, constructed aptly from a railway sleeper.