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[rohd-wurk] /ˈroʊdˌwɜrk/
work, as construction or repairs, done on a road.
a conditioning exercise for an athlete consisting of running considerable distances in areas that are reasonably free of obstructions or traffic, as fields or country roads: performed chiefly by boxers in training for a bout.
Origin of roadwork
First recorded in 1885-90; road + work Unabridged
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  • Even the roadwork or statute labour has more effect and comes nearer to giving good roads than in the large-farm districts.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • We returned home after a hectic twenty miles of roadwork and I broke the glass as I slammed the car door.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
British Dictionary definitions for roadwork


sports training by running along roads
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for roadwork

also road-work, 1765, "work done in making and repairing roads;" 1903 as "exercise done on roads;" from road (n.) + work (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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