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  • 1North American A railroad car with accommodations for the train crew, typically attached to the end of the train.

    ‘Pooled cabooses stayed with a train to final destination and the crew slept in a bunkhouse like the engine crews had always done.’
    • ‘This is only worth noting because the train had a caboose, which is rarely seen these days.’
    • ‘Michael and I also rode in one direction on the upper seats in the train's caboose.’
    • ‘At the western end the flagman cuts off his caboose and stands at the hand-brake, easing down the speed.’
    • ‘Several train cabooses have been moved to the resort, set on rail tracks and equipped with bathrooms, heat, and beds.’
    • ‘The pusher crew was a special class of service, because they had to run around a caboose at Alleghany anyway, so the crew was already making ‘local rate-of-pay.’’
    • ‘My friends asked what the devices laying on a rack by the yard office were and I briefly explained end of train devices and how they replaced the caboose and how we had one on our own train.’
    • ‘There's only one thing I like more than eating my roast beef sandwich, and that's eating my roast beef sandwich in the caboose of the train.’
    • ‘A list of the most influential hip-hop cultural figures of the last 20 years is the caboose on this train.’
    • ‘The types of trains, and what is between the locomotive and the caboose can be chosen before embarking on your journey.’
    • ‘The run up the Sqaulicum line is made in reverse, with the engine pushing any cars, and a caboose leading the way on the long back-up move to the cold storage plant.’
    • ‘Aside from the two conductors and two tail-end brakemen riding in the cabooses there was an engineer and fireman on each of the four steam locomotives and a head-end brakeman on the assist engines.’
    • ‘This shop was later shut down with the end of the use of cabooses on most freight trains.’
    • ‘At the end of the train was an open caboose where we were able to view the mountain scenery more clearly.’
    • ‘At each stop, children visit with Santa Claus in the caboose before touring two more cars full of holiday displays.’
    • ‘The conductor and brakeman in the caboose were forgotten about!’
    • ‘In 1888, two cabooses were obtained and put in service.’
    • ‘The caboose starts suddenly, then eases to a gentle roll.’
    • ‘We all switched trains, I was offered the chance to ride in the caboose which would lead the way back to Greenbank.’
    • ‘Steam locomotives gave way to diesels, and cabooses were replaced by little boxes.’
    buttocks, behind, backside, bottom, rear, rear end, seat, haunches, cheeks
    1. 1.1 informal (typically referring to a woman) buttocks.
      • ‘she's got a sexy caboose’
  • 2 archaic A kitchen on a ship's deck.

    ‘There was only one caboose for all the emigrants in common, but occasionally the ship's caboose was used in addition.’
    • ‘The ship's caboose occupied a prominent position in the centre of the encampment; and a small well dug on one side proved that the most methodical attention had been paid by the commander to the comforts of his shipwrecked crew and passengers.’
    buttocks, backside, behind, bottom, rear end, rump, seat, haunches, hindquarters, cheeks



/kəˈbo͞os/ /kəˈbus/


Mid 18th century from Dutch kabuis, kombuis, of unknown origin.