One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person in charge of railway points.
- ‘More than 800 railway shunters, signal operators and pointsmen from 10 stations across Sri Lanka struck for 24 hours on May 26 to demand a salary increase.’
- ‘Railway shunters, pointsmen, signalmen and yardmasters began an indefinite strike at midnight on August 5, demanding the immediate settlement of salary anomalies.’
- ‘On inquiry it turned out that the investigation had sought to beam in on the man ‘directly responsible’; the fellow manning the level crossing, say, or the pointsman.’
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