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freeway

[free-wey] /ˈfriˌweɪ/
noun
1.
an express highway with no intersections, usually having traffic routed on and off by means of a cloverleaf.
2.
a toll-free highway.
Origin of freeway
1925-1930
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30; free + way1
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  • We got the freeway in our sights and steadied and slowed and kept slowing.

    The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • She was about to cross the freeway to the ride when her phone rang.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow
  • I folded there, and the next thing I knew, I was on my side in the rubble under the freeway, holding myself and crying.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • Well, going 60 and 70 miles an hour right up a freeway and took curves kind of fast.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • The top of the skeletal cracking plant across the freeway glowed with St. Elmo's fire!

    The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber
British Dictionary definitions for freeway

freeway

/ˈfriːˌweɪ/
noun (US)
1.
another name for expressway
2.
a major road that can be used without paying a toll
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