buck-rail, noun

English, Show more English buck the body of a cart or wagon (see buck noun2) + English rail.
The side rail of a wagon; buck noun2 sense 1. Also attributive.
1896 H.A. Bryden Tales of S. Afr. 182The tent I’ve fastened on to the buck-rail.
1897 J.P. Fitzpatrick Outspan 41Key dropped off the buck rails, as the drivers shouted their ‘Aanhouws’ to the cattle to give them a breather.
1907 J.P. Fitzpatrick Jock of Bushveld 456They had enticed him on to the waggon, as he lay half unconscious between bursts of delirium, had tied him down flat on his back, with wrists and ankles fastened to the buckrails.
1911 D.B. Hook ’Tis but Yesterday 16‘Water vatje’ full of water on the ‘buck-rail’. [Note] Rails running parallel to the sides of the wagon extending over the wheels.
1939 M. Rorke Melina Rorke 82The African wagon is a huge affair with buck-rail bed, eight feet wide by sixteen feet long, covered with a tarpaulin well soaked in paraffin wax.
1955 W. Robertson Blue Wagon 35The wagon canted over at an angle with the buckrails below the surface [of the water].
The side rail of a wagon; bucknoun1. Also attributive.

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