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by-path

or bypath

[bahy-path, -pahth] /ˈbaɪˌpæθ, -ˌpɑθ/
noun, plural by-paths
[bahy-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈbaɪˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a private path or an indirect or secondary course or means; byway.
Origin of by-path
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English bi path. See by1 (adj.), path
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  • They must needs have each a by-path of their own, and cry out against all who will not follow it.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • They felt that danger lurked for them in some by-path, and would seize them and do them hurt.

  • A little further he turned sharply into a by-path and alighted.

    A Black Adonis

    Linn Boyd Porter
  • Most of the travellers believed the witch and turned into the by-path.

  • "Run," said the king; and, following a by-path, they ran across the grass.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • No knowing what by-path he might have tried in search of the elusive gasoline.

    Ruth Fielding Down East

    Alice B. Emerson
  • But once beyond the village proper he turned into a by-path.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • I willingly complied, and turned with them into the by-path that led to it.

    In the Track of the Troops R.M. Ballantyne
  • Thus he hastened away, and went round by a by-path to the hall.

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy
  • We have done them,” said Mr. King; “we are resting in a by-path.

    Growing Up Jennie M. Drinkwater

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