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1    a horizontal bar of wood, metal, etc., supported by vertical posts, functioning as a fence, barrier, handrail, etc.  
2    a horizontal bar fixed to a wall on which to hang things  
a picture rail     
3    a horizontal framing member in a door or piece of panelling  
   Compare       stile   2  
4       short for       railing  
5    one of a pair of parallel bars laid on a prepared track, roadway, etc., that serve as a guide and running surface for the wheels of a railway train, tramcar, etc.  
a       short for       railway  
b    (as modifier)  
rail transport     
7      (Nautical)   a trim for finishing the top of a bulwark  
8    off the rails  
a    into or in a state of dysfunction or disorder  
b    eccentric or mad  
      vb   tr  
9    to provide with a rail or railings  
10    usually foll by: in or off   to fence (an area) with rails  
     (C13: from Old French raille rod, from Latin regula ruler, straight piece of wood)  
  railless      adj  
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rail          [2]  
      vb   intr; foll by: at or against   to complain bitterly or vehemently  
to rail against fate     
     (C15: from Old French railler to mock, from Old Provençal ralhar to chatter, joke, from Late Latin ragere to yell, neigh)  
  railer      n  

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rail          [3]  
      n   any of various small wading birds of the genus Rallus and related genera: family Rallidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, etc.). They have short wings, long legs, and dark plumage  
     (C15: from Old French raale, perhaps from Latin radere to scrape)  

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      vb   abuse, attack, blast, castigate, censure, complain, criticize, fulminate, inveigh, lambast(e), put down, revile, scold, tear into     (informal)   upbraid, vituperate, vociferate  

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rail against v.
to criticise loudly and angrily

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replacement of a rail transport service (tram, subway, train) with a bus
[Neologism] from "bus" and "substitution"
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