Definition of tollbooth in English:


(also tolbooth)


  • 1A roadside kiosk where drivers or pedestrians must pay to use a bridge or road.

    • ‘There were 20 tollbooths at the toll station studied.’
    • ‘Currently, the usage is below 2,000 vehicles, and the tolling ends up barely paying for - if it is paying for - the manning of the tollbooths.’
    • ‘In amongst the ranks of commuters' cars queuing up at the tollbooths were the vehicles of those who were heading north for a more adventurous weekend.’
    • ‘I'd much rather pay a higher gasoline tax at the pump than be forced to stop at tollbooths every few miles.’
    • ‘The result is time saved and an end to the dangerous traffic queues that occur at tollbooths.’
    • ‘Other networks are more sophisticated, like the new beltway around Toronto, a toll road without tollbooths: transponders, cameras, and license-plate numbers provide the billing information.’
    • ‘The current Sydney locations all have traffic channelled into an established tollbooth or purpose built single lane.’
    • ‘When viewed in isolation, many new privacy invasions seem harmless to many Americans, who don't see why they should care that (for example) someone is recording the date and time that they drive through a tollbooth.’
    • ‘We were back on course and heading through a purple and yellow tollbooth by the time Louis spoke.’
    • ‘On your way to the airport, you are passing tollbooths while your transponder makes a record of where you are.’
    • ‘As I pulled in to the tollbooth, I was feeling pretty calm about the last hour and had no significant issues.’
    • ‘In the northeast, we have this little box you put on your windshield that is detected every time you go through a tollbooth or over a toll bridge.’
    • ‘In another 20 minutes we had reached the final tollbooth.’
    • ‘It also agreed on a temporary freeze on the imposition of new highway tolls and the construction of new tollbooths.’
    • ‘She told the audience that the idea for the show originated when she went through a tollbooth and anonymously paid for a number of cars behind her.’
    • ‘Current practice tends to emphasize only vehicle-type differentiation, primarily for administrative ease in toll collection via tollbooths.’
    • ‘Also, why is it that the brakes suddenly came back to life when he was approaching a tollbooth?’
    • ‘Now, one of the things that will definitely slow things down on this holiday weekend, as it does on a normal day, are tollbooths.’
    • ‘They also took over a tollbooth on the Oaxaca-Cuacnopalan highway, and let vehicles pass without paying tolls.’
    • ‘They suggest that, for some considerable time, there will be a need for some non-electronic tollbooths to cater for the irregular users of the road.’
  • 2Scottish archaic A town hall.

    • ‘Worth visiting amongst a plethora of architectural gems are the palace, the tollbooth and the abbey but most enjoyable of all are the little houses, randomly set against each other in an untidy straggle up the winding lanes.’
    • ‘In 1833, it was moved to the centre of the village, and now stands sandwiched between a 16th-century tollbooth and a pillar bearing the arms of the Bruce family.’
    1. 2.1 A town jail.
      • ‘Caught up in a frenzy of 17th-century persecution, the elderly woman was thrown in the city's tollbooth and tortured before being executed.’
      • ‘He put in his time as chamberlain 1350/51 and was jurat for most of the period between 1353 and 1361, as well as serving as bailiff of the tolbooth in 1360 / 61.’
      • ‘In 1669, she and Butchart were thrown into the tollbooth and a trial was ordered.’
      • ‘The location of the court and tollbooth of the Bishop was facing the Tuesday market, on the north side of Jews Lane, although no proven traces remain of this building.’
      prison, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, correctional facility, detention centre
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