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ped scramble

noun phrase

A system of urban traffic control in which in a cycle all traffic lights turn red to stop cars, while pedestrians can cross in all directions

[1960s+; variant named for Henry Barnes (d. 1968), traffic commissioner of New York City; ped, ''pedestrian, speed walker,'' is found by 1863, and among traffic engineers by 1962]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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