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


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