caboose

A caboose is a train car that is usually at the end. If you are pulling up the rear, you could call yourself the caboose.

The engine is the first car on a freight train, and the last car is usually the caboose. Besides being last, the other feature of a caboose is its use by the crew. Most of a freight train will be filled with whatever cargo they're transporting, and they need to use that space as efficiently as possible. The caboose is where the crew can hang out during the trip. If there's a kitchen on the train, it will usually be in the caboose.

Primary Meanings of caboose

1.
n
a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train
2.
n
the area for food preparation on a ship
Full Definitions of caboose
1

n a car on a freight train for use of the train crew; usually the last car on the train

Synonyms:
cabin car
Type of:
car, railcar, railroad car, railway car
a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad
2

n the area for food preparation on a ship

Synonyms:
cookhouse, galley, ship's galley
Types:
cuddy
the galley or pantry of a small ship
Type of:
kitchen
a room equipped for preparing meals

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