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shunpike

[shuhn-pahyk] /ˈʃʌnˌpaɪk/
noun
1.
a side road taken instead of a turnpike or expressway to avoid tolls or to travel at a leisurely pace.
verb (used without object), shunpiked, shunpiking.
2.
to drive on a shunpike.
Origin of shunpike
1850-1855
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; shun + (turn)pike
Related forms
shunpiker, noun
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  • 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.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate Frank R. Stockton
  • She seemed to have something on her mind, and presently she proposed to Mr. Morris that he should take the shunpike for a change.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate Frank R. Stockton
  • He did not for a moment think she might return by the shunpike, for that was a rough road, not fit for a bicycle.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate Frank R. Stockton
  • He wandered about so long and asked so many questions that it was getting dark when he suddenly thought of the shunpike.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate Frank R. Stockton
  • Hurrying to a livery-stable, he hired a horse and buggy and a lantern, and drove to the shunpike.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate Frank R. Stockton

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