One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A child's word for a railroad train or locomotive, especially a steam engine.
- ‘And there's always the smell of apples, just like in the country when I was little and used to think I was a choo-choo train, running through the fields of corn and chugging up the hill to the orchard.’
- ‘Slower choo-choos are less apt to succumb to heat kinks; after a 1998 accident in Texas, Union Pacific Railroad mandated that trains not exceed 10 mph through areas with known or suspected kinks.’
- ‘Brian likes to play with the jigsaws and the choo-choo at school.’
- ‘The atmosphere is dense with honest collections: jukeboxes, table-top telephones, and a choo-choo train with tracks running round the ceiling.’
- ‘Now, if I'm being absolutely honest with myself, I do not wake up every morning feeling ‘like the little choo-choo train who knows he can do it’, like Leil says I should.’
- ‘Come on ride the train; it's the choo-choo train!’
- ‘The grandfather was dressed as a choo-choo train bound for Wonderland.’
- ‘What's more no-one seems to know what it all means anymore - the choo-choo, the Virgin, the fireworks - it's just a tradition and that's good enough.’
- ‘Lancashire Railways is the first Wallace train game I played and it was obvious from the start that the man has an affinity for the choo-choos.’
- ‘The choo-choo train said, ‘I think I can… I think I can… I think I can.’’
- ‘But, forget that, for certainly we create our own realities, and a delighted Richard is all-aboard the fabulous coronation choo-choo train.’
- ‘Emma's classes have stomped on imaginary snow monsters, jumped like bunnies, and learned to follow like choo-choo trains.’
- ‘I didn't have all those colored puppets and magic choo-choos and whatnot.’
- ‘Because he loves trains and he's my dad, and hey, how often does a girl get to spend some quality time with her old man and treat him to five-star trip on the choo-choo of his dreams?’
- ‘He said it the way it was written, cheff, like cheese, chicken and choo-choo train.’
- ‘And then as you go along, that little choo-choo starts adding things.’
- ‘My wife didn't have a watch; it was Halloween night at the Mall, they rode on the choo-choo, were you worried?’
- ‘I like to explain that a haemoglobin molecule is like a choo-choo train with four empty carriages.’
- ‘Ever since I was a small child I wanted to be an astronaut, or a cowboy, or a choo-choo train.’
- ‘The programme would not be complete without a talk with veteran broadcaster Merv Smith, who has had a lifetime love affair with the choo-choos.’
Early 20th century (originally US): imitative.
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