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90s Slang You Should Know

back road

a little-used secondary road, especially one through a rural or sparsely populated area.
Origin of back road
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At length, he turned into a back road, and from this to the barely discernible trace of an old log road.

    Police Operation H. Beam Piper
  • The road is what is called a "back road," and leads through woods most of the way.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Whether or not they have sent another detachment around by that back road can hardly be known till we find them there.

    In The Saddle Oliver Optic
  • She brightened into beauty when she heard a horse on the back road.

    Nobody's Child Elizabeth Dejeans
  • In a short time they were on the outskirts of Pentville and entered the town by a back road.

  • I looked across at the back road, along which a junk-dealer's wagon jangled.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • Chloe had made a bolt for it, and had passed the tram safely and got away on to the back road.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • I go out the side door an' up the road a piece an' into the back road.

    Old Crow Alice Brown

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