turnpike

[ turn-pahyk ]SEE DEFINITION OF turnpike

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TURNPIKE

The first American turnpike was built in Pennsylvania in 1790.

The character he most loved to play was Crack, in the "Turnpike Gate."

And I turned El Mahdi into the wooded road on the left of the turnpike.

Presently Jud came down into the turnpike and shouted to me.

No support, and no orders, and on the turnpike a bank of blue massing to rush my guns!

There were, however, two fair roads—the old Turnpike and the Plank Road.

He crossed the turnpike, he came down on the Dunkard church.

On one turnpike there were sixty-five taverns in sixty miles.

Turning my horse's head, I rejoined my companion, and we rode on to the turnpike.

He was found, as I have said, the next morning frozen to death on the turnpike road.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "spiked road barrier used for defense," from turn + pike (n.2) "shaft." Sense transferred to "horizontal cross of timber, turning on a vertical pin" (1540s), which were used to bar horses from foot roads. This led to the sense of "barrier to stop passage until a toll is paid" (1670s). Meaning "road with a toll gate" is from 1748, shortening of turnpike road (1745).

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toll road

nounroad requiring payment for use
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