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third rail

noun as in electrified line

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That is to say, exactly the type of person to grasp this particular third rail.

Some of the other controversial solutions you touch on in the book, such as geoengineering and nuclear power, are third rail topics in the environmental sphere.

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Cars floated in the streets, one third rail caught fire within a subway station, water poured into apartments.

If entitlement reform is the third rail of politics, this is an entire third-rail transportation system.

And then there is the third-rail issue that is particularly electric in a state with so many retirees.

Marriage equality is not remotely the third-rail issue it is sometimes considered.

The third-rail system in its simplest form is shown in Fig. 29, which represents a section through the roadbed.

They had traveled by the third-rail line twenty miles into the country.

A great rate of speed can be gained with the third-rail system, ten miles having been made in thirteen and a half minutes.

It was originally on the third-rail system, but was changed into an ordinary overhead trolley seven or eight years ago.

He may perfect a third-rail system for use on moving trains.


On this page you'll find 3 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to third rail, such as: live rail, overhead wires, and pantograph.

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