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trunk line

noun
1.
a major long-distance transportation line.
2.
trunk (def 8).
Origin of trunk line
1850-1855
1850-55
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  • Out of this trunk line emerge the several collateral lines, male and female, which are numbered outwardly.

    Ancient Society Lewis Henry Morgan
  • This was peculiarly the case in the northeastern or trunk line territory.

  • You take number two trunk line, and find two of the staff—quick; any two.

  • The trunk line of his work was magnetism; electricity was only a siding.

    Makers of Electricity Brother Potamian
  • In 1910 it constituted almost two-thirds of the business in trunk line territory and almost one-half in the West.

  • Why not have continued this trunk line on to Salisbury, on to Tete, and the Zambesi?

    Through South Africa Henry M. Stanley
  • This rivalry led to rate wars on a scale not witnessed before since the trunk line struggles during the seventies.

  • A second later he was speaking with the man who had actually witnessed the cutting of the trunk line.

    The Invasion William Le Queux
  • It does not necessarily determine the exact rate to be applied in practice from every little station in trunk line territory.

  • He was engaged on the Erie trunk line, was paid highly, and was much esteemed.

    The Courtship of Susan Bell Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for trunk line

trunk line

noun
1.
a direct link between two telephone exchanges or switchboards that are a considerable distance apart
2.
the main route or routes on a railway
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