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back road

noun
1.
a little-used secondary road, especially one through a rural or sparsely populated area.
Origin of back road
1780-1790
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90
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  • On riding out from the quarter I changed my intention of taking the back road.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • The road is what is called a "back road," and leads through woods most of the way.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • She brightened into beauty when she heard a horse on the back road.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
  • I looked across at the back road, along which a junk-dealer's wagon jangled.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • I go out the side door an' up the road a piece an' into the back road.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • They were serious and could play no more, and presently turned into the back road and so home.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
  • Trueman wuz buried in the old Risley deestrict, not half a mile from us on a back road.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 4. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • Towards evening Thomson and I walked to Mudros by a back road, and were fascinated with the primitive ways of the natives.

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