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a long, narrow stretch with a smoothed or paved surface, made for traveling by motor vehicle, carriage, etc., between two or more points; street or highway.
a way or course:
the road to peace.
a railroad.
Often, roads. Also called roadstead. Nautical. a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor.
Mining. any tunnel in a mine used for hauling.
the road, the places, usually outside of New York City, at which theatrical companies on tour generally give performances.
burn up the road, Slang. to drive or move very fast.
down the road, in the future:
Economists see higher interest rates down the road.
hit the road, Slang. to begin or resume traveling:
We hit the road before sunrise.
one for the road, a final alcoholic drink taken just before departing from a party, tavern, or the like.
on the road,

traveling, especially as a sales representative.
on tour, as a theatrical company:
The musical ends its New York run next week to go on the road.
started; under way:
We need funds to get the project on the road.

take to the road, to begin a journey or tour.
Also, take the road.
Contemporary Examples

How to Think With Your Gut Mindy Farabee April 8, 2013
How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour? Jack Conte December 7, 2014
British Raunchfest ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ Tries to Make Its Mark in America Kevin Fallon September 7, 2012
The Final Run of Ultra-Marathoner Micah True Nick Heil May 18, 2012
The Insanity Strategy Eric Alterman April 11, 2009

Historical Examples

Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston


an open way, usually surfaced with asphalt or concrete, providing passage from one place to another
(as modifier): road traffic, a road map, a road sign
(in combination): the roadside

a street
(capital when part of a name): London Road

(US) short for railroad
(Brit) one of the tracks of a railway

a way, path, or course: the road to fame
(often pl) (nautical) Also called roadstead. a partly sheltered anchorage
a drift or tunnel in a mine, esp a level one
(slang) hit the road, to start or resume travelling
on the road

travelling, esp as a salesman
(of a theatre company, pop group, etc) on tour
leading a wandering life

take the road, take to the road, to begin a journey or tour
(informal) one for the road, a last alcoholic drink before leaving

road hog
road show
road to hell is paved with good intentions, the


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