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A motorway in a Spanish-speaking country.
- ‘The ruins of Chichen Itza lie about midway between Cancun and Merida, so that the journey from each city takes around 2 or 3 hours via the new autopista.’
- ‘So, back on the autopista, for that is where we were by now, we pulled over at a garage, bought a map and retraced our route into the city centre.’
- ‘We pass abandoned mine workings, tall chimneys reminiscent of Cornwall, before descending to connect with the autopista for the final few miles into Aguilas.’
- ‘Accompanied by my colleague, I drove along the new autopista leading out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, toward Guyama.’
1950s: from Spanish, from auto automobile + pista track.
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