surfaceman

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

surface +‎ -man

Noun[edit]

surfaceman (plural surfacemen)

  1. (Scotland) A platelayer; one who maintains a railway track.
    • 1915, Leon Wilson, Ruggles of Red Gap
      To this I might have paid less heed but for its disquieting confirmation on a later day at a psychic parlour in Edgware Road. Proceeding there in company with my eldest brother-in-law, a plate-layer and surfaceman on the Northern.