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[free-wey] /ˈfriˌweɪ/
an express highway with no intersections, usually having traffic routed on and off by means of a cloverleaf.
a toll-free highway.
Origin of freeway
An Americanism dating back to 1925-30; free + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.


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  • 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

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

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  • 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


noun (US)
another name for expressway
a major road that can be used without paying a toll
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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