One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A wide way leading from one place to another, especially one with a specially prepared surface which vehicles can use.
highway, thoroughfare, roadwayView synonyms
- ‘Follow this road 1 1/2 miles northwest out of town to the Larson farm on the west side.’
- ‘Watch out for surface drainage when new roads or driveways are constructed in the area.’
- ‘If a road accident involves a rider who has dismounted and is leading their horse at the time, the rider would be classified as a pedestrian.’
- ‘These channels sometimes undercut farm roads and fields, causing them to collapse.’
- ‘In the film, Gary and Jack meet more or less by accident when they steal a car and head off on the back roads through outback New South Wales towards Sydney.’
- ‘Make sure fences, walls and gates are in good repair, so children cannot slip through holes onto busy roads.’
- ‘The curving lines of the roads give them the look of village lanes, and the few cars that venture into the cul-de-sacs usually travel slowly.’
- ‘For example a neutrally grey road surface illuminated by sunlight falling through green foliage may be violet; but its local colour remains grey.’
- ‘Training horses to accept traffic, road works and roadside obstacles is more important than ever in these days of litigation and the increasing number of vehicles on the roads.’
- ‘Air pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, often found in buildings near major roads, restrict the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.’
- ‘We travelled nine hours from Mexico City, and the bus let us off on the main road in the foothills, eight kilometres from town at midnight.’
- ‘Consequently, in the absence of a good public transport system, the vehicles on Delhi's roads have swollen to around 2.7 million.’
- ‘The prison officers chased him, but he crossed a very busy main road and they lost him.’
- ‘The next day thousands of workers defied armed police and blockaded a major toll road into the provincial capital.’
- ‘His crisp white Greek Revival house still stands at a curve in the main road, momentarily blocking the bay view as you drive past.’
- ‘New roads were constructed as wide boulevards to prevent fires from spreading from one side of the street to the other.’
- ‘He likes to restage legendary road accidents, such as the ones that killed James Dean, Grace Kelly and Jane Mansfield.’
- ‘On Monday, we headed north to Montana along some narrow, winding two-lane mountain roads.’
- ‘Janet would walk across the road every morning and glean what knowledge she could from the two brothers while they were milking.’
- ‘A near-fatal road accident in 1925 dramatically altered the course of her life.’
- 1.1 The part of a road intended for vehicles, especially in contrast to a shoulder or sidewalk.
- ‘Two projectors set up in front of a crumbling assemblage of wood shacks beamed dual images of the gangs onto a ten-story housing project as the inhabitants of the barrio formed a crowd in the middle of the road.’
- ‘Two more black cars were parked, blocking the road in front of Zoe.’
- 1.2historical with modifier A regular trade route for a particular commodity.‘the Silk Road across Asia to the West’
- 1.3Mining An underground passage or gallery in a mine.
- 1.4North American A railroad.
- 1.5British A railroad track, especially as clear (or otherwise) for a train to proceed.‘they waited for a clear road at Hellifield Junction’
2A series of events or a course of action that will lead to a particular outcome.‘he's well on the road to recovery’
- ‘He said figuring out what caused the Columbia to break up could help pave the road to recovery.’
- ‘Even though her storyline - which follows João on the road to stardom, with several stopovers in prison - can seem underdeveloped, Ramos is always charismatic.’
- ‘Clearly, fascism could serve as a way station on the road to other forms of anticapitalism.’
- ‘Our story concerns the continuing growth and development of Anakin Skywalker on the road to becoming the greatest screen villain of all time.’
- ‘Anointing the house cricket Timothy as Pinocchio's conscience guide, the two set off on a series of wild and wacky adventures, each providing a valuable lesson on the road to becoming a real boy.’
- ‘In many ways, we were on the road to perdition with agencies and advertisers.’
- ‘It's about how these children, many of whom lack self-confidence and are on the road toward delinquency, overcome challenges through this class.’
- ‘Doubling their latest annual dividend suggests they're well on the road to recovery.’
- ‘Eiriz's works resist the world and maintain a critical space apart from the propaganda of the world in a way profoundly akin to Adorno's formulation; they stand as powerful and moving signposts on the road to Dystopia.’
- ‘Understanding this can aid teachers and learners as they make sense of interpersonal conflict on the road to forming successful groups.’
- ‘A gang of petty thieves make a big score on an armored van, but instead of landing on easy street, they find themselves on the road to frustration.’
- ‘The project has provided new knowledge and skills for many producers, setting them on the road to achieving this.’
- ‘He has created a lavishly stunning, sweeping story of the little wooden doll's many adventures on the road to boyhood.’
- 2.1 A particular course or direction taken or followed.‘the low road of apathy and alienation’
way, path, route, direction, courseView synonyms
- ‘He is the great model of the free artist who follows his own, unimproved road.’
- ‘The bottom line to this week's two-step is that Zoellick and Lamy have a long road to walk before they get back to Doha.’
- ‘The path of voluptas led to earthly pleasure, while the road of virtue, which Hercules preferred, gave him ‘a place in the council of gods.’’
- ‘Authors of burlesque usually avoided the high ethical road of the satirist, who ridicules a folly or fashion in the hope of eradicating it.’
down the road
informal In the future.
- ‘I think, down the road, they appreciate and remember that you took the time to tell them, he said.’
- ‘Do you want a well-designed house that fits your lifestyle today and years down the road?’
- ‘Ultimately, you'll need to establish that this greater worth translates into a higher sales price down the road.’
- ‘‘The customer is more comfortable spending money if they know it will look the same down the road as when I hand it to them,’ she said.’
- ‘However, most respondents indicated they will feel more comfortable setting up a business five or ten years down the road.’
- ‘I had to ask myself, ‘Should I really get this when I know it will air on TV, and also be part of a season set down the road?’’
- ‘‘I was worried about the implications but still thought they were five to ten years down the road,’ recalls Chapela.’
- ‘Down the road, the networking capability will lead to Internet applications, Yamaha says.’
- ‘A customer may not be ready to buy during the tour, but they remember the experience, keep business cards and call the artists or stop by one of the galleries a few months down the road.’
- ‘I think you'll see a 3-liter eventually, down the road.’
- ‘While action here may not help our industry next year, it may have a real impact down the road, she said.’
in the (or one's) road
informal In someone's way.
- ‘If he's here too long he gets in my road, Cathy confirms.’
- ‘People in their right minds kept well out of his road.’
- ‘When Williams came around the screen and looked for room to drive, Baxter was directly in his road, cutting off access to the lane.’
- ‘At feeding time, the dominant mare will walk up to the feed trough and pin her ears back, immediately all the other horses move out of her road.’
- ‘The question here is: ‘Should this country be led by someone who is prepared to go out and besmirch the reputations of anybody who gets in their road?’’
- ‘‘That's good,’ he said, ‘because it means you have been out of his road all night.’’
one for the road
informal A final drink, especially an alcoholic one, before leaving for home.
- ‘I had one for the road and left Key West without any hard feelings.’
- ‘‘Too many individuals who know they should not drive can still be cajoled by friends or family to have one for the road,’ he said.’
- ‘He'd had a few, one or two, and one for the road, and decided to go into jealousy mode.’
- ‘I really should be going, but a tiny little one for the road sounds simply divine.’
- ‘Ah then you'll be wanting one for the road then.’
- ‘You've got a thirty - mile drive home on icy roads and your friends are encouraging you to have another drink - one for the road.’
- ‘Nothing can bring him back, but we hope that his death will make all of us realise the consequences of having one for the road’
- ‘Of course, there is no harm in having one for the road too!’
on the road
1On a long journey or series of journeys, especially as part of one's job as a sales representative or a performer.
on tour, touring, travelling, doing the rounds, on the circuitView synonyms
- ‘What keeps you on the road are the performances.’
- ‘Because of the popularity of their comedy show, they took the show on the road for a tour lasting six years.’
- ‘I've been on the road recently, traveling mostly by car to visit some customers here in the New York area.’
- ‘Despite a perfect marriage to the perfect lady, he spent his time on the road as a travelling salesman, making friends and accepting every opportunity presented to him.’
- ‘Now the group send it on the road once more, touring to Australia, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Zurich and San Francisco.’
- ‘Shortly afterwards, the group does break with Towle, who's talking about accompanying them on the road.’
- ‘He brought to his performances the residual skills developed from years on the road, performing in front of live audiences.’
- ‘In the end, Forney takes his show on the road, performing live with his son at a heartland music festival to a bewildered audience of twelve.’
- ‘His daughter-in-law, Janet, is one of eight sales representatives who are on the road daily.’
- ‘Accompanying them on the road are a cavalcade of young, willing, and available groupies, including the radiant, enigmatic Penny Lane.’
- 1.1(of a person) without a permanent home and moving from place to place.
- ‘He had moved out of the house he shared with his wife, Sharon, and was on the road with a teenage junkie named Dawn.’
2(of a car) in use; able to be driven.
- 2.1(of or with reference to the price of a motor vehicle) including the cost of license plates, tax, etc., so the vehicle is fully ready for use on public roads.‘we found on-the-road prices from 5,780 to 6,151 dollars’
- 2.1(of or with reference to the price of a motor vehicle) including the cost of license plates, tax, etc., so the vehicle is fully ready for use on public roads.
out of the (or one's) road
informal Out of someone's way.
take to the road (or take the road)
Set out on a journey or series of journeys.
- ‘It was with a refreshed sense of purpose that they took to the road again.’
- ‘Even better, the producers became willing participants in Browne's most ambitious projects when the programme took to the road.’
- ‘The play was part of the Dublin Fringe Festival, and now takes to the road for a nationwide tour which includes two performances in Sligo on April 23 and 24 at the Hawk's Well Theatre.’
- ‘A celebration of life on the islands off Kerry's coast is now taking to the road.’
- ‘The imro Showcase Tour, Ireland's longest running national music showcase tour, takes to the road again in March.’
- ‘About two dozen artists are taking to the road in key electoral battleground states in hopes that their music can sway undecided voters to join their cause.’
- ‘She took to the road with the candidate, and threw herself into every aspect of the campaign, down to the candidate's wardrobe and hair.’
- ‘On the heels of his last album ‘Gone In The Head’, Wally and his band are taking to the road again with a new show.’
- ‘The story follows the adventures of a desk cop who, when his ex-wife is viciously murdered and his beloved daughter kidnapped, takes to the road after the perpetrators.’
- ‘The energetic troupe of performers from the Open Door Drama Group in Laois will once again be taking to the road.’
In or on a road vehicle.
- ‘‘Getting the right type of green oak in the United Kingdom meant bringing it long distances by road,’ he says.’
- ‘Thought these systems are shipped out of Limerick by road, using up to a hundred trucks that pull right up to the facility loading bays.’
- ‘It is designed to be shipped, and is easily transported by road and rail.’
- ‘As he must want to go home, he can go by road, rail or water.’
- ‘We travelled around the country mainly by road.’
- ‘This is covered in corrugated metal, and was prefabricated in Thessalonica, brought in by road and installed by crane - the only major part of the building not made locally.’
- ‘Doctors could no longer reach Lost Valley by road and Jerry and Sarah could not afford to fly them in.’
- ‘Lying just inside the official boundary line between the two countries, Gretna was about 350 miles by road from London.’
- ‘Ten sea-miles from the town, and some thirty kilometres by road, it offers all the charms of seclusion.’
- ‘Approaching the fine port cities by sea shows them in a much more favourable light than arriving by road or airport.’
Old English rād ‘journey on horseback’, ‘foray’; of Germanic origin; related to the verb ride.
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