One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British A roadside area where services are available to motorists.
- ‘The area will also become a stopping-off site, rather like a motorway service area, for birds moving across the country between East Anglia and the North West of England.’
- ‘Which is the best service area on the M1 for children?’
- ‘He offered to take her for a meal and drove to a service area off John William Street behind Eccles shopping precinct.’
- ‘Temporary facilities have been in place since the former service area was wrecked in a fierce fire last October.’
- ‘The second inquiry examined plans for motorway service areas at Kirby Hill, Kirk Deighton, Flaxby Covert, east of Knaresborough, Skelton Grange, near Leeds, and Bramham.’
- ‘Travellers on the M4 will be relieved to know that the service area at Leigh Delamare has again won a top accolade for its toilets.’
- ‘‘We have 47 service areas across the country and the safety of our staff and customers is of paramount importance,’ he said.’
- ‘The AA breakdown vehicle arrived promptly but, instead of taking the car to a local garage, it took Mrs Haworth and her car to the lorry park at Heston service area, where an AA mechanic diagnosed an oil leak in the gearbox.’
- ‘But its scheme would also see access to the service area switched to a rear link road replacing the existing direct access from the A64.’
- ‘The first motorway service area was opened at Watford Gap on the M1 in 1959, and England's network has since swelled to 68.’
- ‘Judges, who paid a secret visit to the service area, were so impressed with the standards of cleanliness and hygiene they found, they gave the toilets a five-star award.’
- ‘The officer, who has not been named, was taken to York District Hospital with a broken wrist and cracked ribs after the crash on the westbound carriageway at the service area at Bilbrough Top last night.’
- ‘The two men - one carrying a handgun and a hammer and the other a knife - walked into the service area beside the northbound carriageway of the A19 at Ingleby Arncliffe at 8.40 pm on Sunday.’
- ‘A car crossing the westbound carriageway to get to a service area after passing through the gap in the central reservation was struck by a coach.’
- ‘So he picked up the tools, left the service area, and completed the repairs himself.’
- ‘We have had nothing but a leaflet and a few posters at service areas for years.’
- ‘It's OK, I'll use this service area to turn round and head back to London.’
- ‘His body was discovered near the Killington Lake service area on the M6 in Cumbria last year.’
- ‘Work on the new service area is due to start in May, and is due for completion next January.’
- ‘The county council, will also soon be advising the public as to when they will be enforcing parking restrictions within the Riverside Quay service area.’
2The area covered by the signal of a broadcasting station.
- ‘This type of technology is called ‘cellular’ because the system uses base stations to divide a service area into multiple ‘cells.’’
- ‘When I am sitting in a restaurant waiting for a lunch companion, or in traffic in a cab, if I am lucky, my daughter will be willing, available, and within the service area to talk to me.’
- ‘For the UHF television broadcaster, towers of adequate height and transmitters of adequate power are readily available so that the UHF broadcaster can cover his licensed service area.’
- ‘I got the phone and I dialed her cell phone number and I heard the recording telling me that the number was out of the service area.’
- ‘Region X refers to the nine-county service area surrounding Dallas.’
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