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A metal frame at the front of a locomotive for pushing aside cattle or other obstacles on the line.
- ‘A manager's like a snowplow or a cowcatcher, clearing the way so the people who can do their stuff can actually do it.’
- ‘Finally, it can triple as a cowcatcher, much like the ones featured on throbbing steam engines.’
- ‘Strangely, the films were shot both from the cowcatchers and from other locations on the train.’
- ‘As a fan of cowcatchers and clacking wheels, Elrond Lawrence tracked Salinas Valley rails into the early 20th century.’
- ‘Agnes preferred to ride on a platform above the cowcatcher, a nice metaphor for the desire to look ahead in life.’
- ‘Get your hands up to your forehead with your forearms protecting your face like a train's cowcatcher.’
- ‘The cowcatcher had been modified to receive one end of a track segment and align pegs to matching hollows in the track.’
- ‘The equipment was mounted on the lower part of the engine's front, right where a cowcatcher would be mounted on a steam locomotive.’
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