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    be run out of town on a rail

    What is the meaning of this sentence?

    I tried my luck in Hollywood and was run out of town on a rail.

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    Re: be run out of town on a rail

    I've no idea.

    In what context did you read this?

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    Re: be run out of town on a rail

    If you're "run out of town" then you are chased away from your location, either aggressively or just by people's treatment of you. I have never heard "on a rail" added to the end of it.

    Criminals or other undesirables used to be "run out of town" years ago. Groups of law-abiding citizens would get together and literally chase the person out of the town and it was usually clear that the person was not welcome to return.

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    #5

    Re: be run out of town on a rail

    Better than being tarred and feathered.

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    Re: be run out of town on a rail

    Thanks for your help.

    It was interesting to read the notes in Wikipedia.
    Cheers everyone!

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    #7

    Re: be run out of town on a rail

    There was a time when being run out of town on a rail was literal, as mentioned in the Wikipedia link and as shown at 3:20 in this film clip. Today when someone says they were "run out of town on a rail" they mean it figuratively, that they were forced to leave (usually in a hurry).

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    Re: be run out of town on a rail

    Thanks Ouisch!

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