from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A superior grade of air-hose, composed of rubber and cotton fabric, used in short lengths to connect the brake-pipes under a railroad-car and to convey compressed air to the brake-gear.
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And so they dropped the dry sands and moon-struck rocks of Arizona behind them, and grilled on till the crash of the couplings and the wheeze of the brake-hose told them they were at Coolidge by the Continental Divide.
Captains Courageous Rudyard Kipling 1900