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trunk line

a major long-distance transportation line.
trunk (def 8).
Origin of trunk line
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • As far back as the early fifties this great work of rebuilding the trunk-line railroads was begun.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • National participation, however, should be confined to trunk-line systems.

  • It now looks as if they were the only way through for a majority of the trunk-line railroads.

    The Railroad Problem Edward Hungerford
  • The seven vertical rows of keys, immediately to the right of the three trunk-line rows, are the line keys.

  • The problem of that Eastern road of a dozen years ago is to-day that of virtually every trunk-line of the Northeast.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • If you are going to attempt great things, remember you are starting on a trunk-line.

    The Young Man and the World Albert J. Beveridge
  • Before the panic of 1857 the trunk-line railways had completed their net of tracks between the Mississippi and tidewater.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
British Dictionary definitions for trunk-line

trunk line

a direct link between two telephone exchanges or switchboards that are a considerable distance apart
the main route or routes on a railway
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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