One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A path or passage providing exit or escape; specifically (a) an opening or channel for the drainage of surplus water; (b) an outlet for the sale of goods or produce. Now rare.
nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
1Room or space in which to move; (in early use) especially room to pass through or forward; passage.
2Speed in walking, working, etc.; progress, headway.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From way + gate<br>mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Hutton. From way + gate.
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