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rail-splitter

[reyl-split-er] /ˈreɪlˌsplɪt ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that splits logs into rails, especially for fences.
2.
(initial capital letter) nickname of Abraham Lincoln.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; rail1 + splitter
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rail-splitter

n.

1853, from rail (n.1) + agent noun from split (v.). Usually with reference to or suggestion of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln, as it figured in his political biography.

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