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[sahyd-wawk] /ˈsaɪdˌwɔk/
a walk, especially a paved one, at the side of a street or road.
Origin of sidewalk
First recorded in 1660-70; side1 + walk Unabridged
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  • "These sidewalks are too narrow for four," declared Mrs. Wyeth.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • By noon the sidewalks were completely covered in miles of streets.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • The gutters are in the middle of the thoroughfares, and the sidewalks are only a few inches in width.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • Don't spit on the sidewalks; it spreads disease, and it is against the law.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • It was a very broad and magnificent street, and the sidewalks were very wide.

    Rollo in Paris Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for sidewalks


(US & Canadian) a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a road Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) pavement
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Word Origin and History for sidewalks



"path for pedestrians on the side of a street," 1739, from side (adj.) + walk (n.). The use of sidewalk for pavement as one of the characteristic differences between American and British English has been noted since at least 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pound the pavements

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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