ticket-chopper love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In railroading: A machine for chopping to pieces or otherwise destroying the tickets deposited by passengers on entering a platform or waiting-room. It consists of a wooden box having a hopper of wood and glass at the top, combined with some simple form of knife for tearing or chopping to pieces or otherwise destroying a ticket dropped in the hopper. Larger machines of somewhat different construction are used to destroy canceled and used tickets collected by the conductor of a railroad-train.
  • noun The man at the gate where such a machine is used, who works the machine as the tickets are dropped into it.


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  • And it would be a moral impossibility for one of servile state -- a butler, for instance, or a ticket-chopper -- to present himself in the role of his occupation ornamented with a cane.

    Walking-Stick Papers Robert Cortes Holliday

  • And in this fashion did old Adelbert become ticket-chopper of the

    Long Live the King! Mary Roberts Rinehart 1917

  • She smiled at the ticket-chopper and dropped the flake into the box.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes 1914

  • The ticket-chopper yelled at the back of her head, "Here, where you goin '?"

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes 1914

  • There are fully as many others who would be burdened with the cares of a ticket-chopper.

    Quaker Hill A Sociological Study 1902

  • The president of a well-known bank, the proprietor of a folding-bed concern, a retired plumber, a Divinity student and a ticket-chopper.

    Ptomaine Street Carolyn Wells 1902

  • Auchmuty Stein told him Charlie Macklin, the Third Avenue ticket-chopper, was after the same suit, and that he had better take it while he could get it.

    Van Bibber and Others Richard Harding Davis 1890

  • The conductor went out on the platform and consulted with the ticket-chopper.

    Children of the Tenements 1881

  • a rubber-stamp secretary in some insurance office, or as a tea-taster, or as a subway ticket-chopper.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford 1907


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  • Belongs on a railways list.

    August 20, 2013