What is a caboose?

What is a caboose? Here are some definitions.

  1. (obsolete, nautical) A small galley or cookhouse on the deck of a small vessel.
  2. (US, rail transport) The last car on a freight train, having cooking and sleeping facilities for the crew; a guard’s van.
  3. (slang, baby-talk or euphemistic) buttocks
  4. (slang, sports) The person or team in last place.
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At each stop, children visit with Santa Claus in the caboose before touring two more cars full of holiday displays.
For one thing he had lost his caboose, and although he eventually secured a locker for his gear he had to move back on to the messdeck.
Workers for Skywork, a Gibson City-based firm, have started sandblasting a boxcar and a caboose on the north side of the museum grounds.
Experience these burblers and their caboose companions before the last curtain call.
With this security he had established as his right a caboose abaft the funnel in the midships Bofors gunshield where the gun had been removed.
This is only worth noting because the train had a caboose, which is rarely seen these days.

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