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trainspotting

noun

the hobby of watching trains and noting their serial numbers, usu. for long periods of time; by extension, any hobby or obsession with a trivial pursuit; also written train-spotting

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trainspotter is person doing this, trainspot is verb

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n.

1959 (train spotter attested from 1958), chiefly British English, in reference to the hobby of recording the numbers of the locomotives one has observed; see train (n.) in the railroad sense + spot (v.).

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