- a side road taken instead of a turnpike or expressway to avoid tolls or to travel at a leisurely pace.
- to drive on a shunpike.
Origin of shunpike
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Examples from the Web for shunpike
But since Captain Asher had lived at the toll-gate it was remarked that the shunpike was not used as much as in former times.
She seemed to have something on her mind, and presently she proposed to Mr. Morris that he should take the shunpike for a change.
He did not for a moment think she might return by the shunpike, for that was a rough road, not fit for a bicycle.
He wandered about so long and asked so many questions that it was getting dark when he suddenly thought of the shunpike.
Hurrying to a livery-stable, he hired a horse and buggy and a lantern, and drove to the shunpike.