pointsman

pointsman

[points-muhn]
noun, plural pointsmen. British.
1.
a railway switchman.
2.
a police officer who directs traffic, as at an intersection.

Origin:
1840–50; point + -s3 + man1

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pointsman (ˈpɔɪntsˌmæn, -mən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  US and Canadian equivalent: switchman a person who operates railway points
2.  a policeman or traffic warden on point duty

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