jerk water

jerk water
1. verb
To fill a steam locomotive water tank manually from natural water supplies.

The Santa Fe, called the Jerk Water route because they "jerked" water from ponds and wallows for the engine, still frayed out at the Kansas line.

Of inhabited places, small, insignificant, isolated, backwards

But any way from the number of jerk water burgs we went through you would think we was on the Monon and the towns all looks so much like the other that […].

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  • jerkwater — 1. noun /ˈdʒɚk.wɑ.tɚ/ A train on a branch line. […] by bailing from near streams with buckets, (the brake man called this operation jerking water) and from this the road gets its name of jerkwater road. 2. adjective /ˈdʒɚk.wɑ.tɚ/ Of an inhabited… …   Wiktionary

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