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[tohl-geyt] /ˈtoʊlˌgeɪt/
a gate where a toll is collected.
Origin of tollgate
First recorded in 1765-75; toll1 + gate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This spring is about one-third of a mile west of the tollgate on the National turnpike.

    Braddock Road John Kennedy Lacock
  • Shortly after leaving the village of the tollgate I came to a beautiful valley.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • The same glance will also show you the tollgate, which you could not see before.

    Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia William Gilmore Simms
  • He informs the girl who keeps the tollgate that he is a preacher; no doubt in this boy's mind as to what he is!

    The Story of a Life J. Breckenridge Ellis
  • A girl had the presence of mind to close the tollgate, which the horses attempted to leap, smashed it to atoms, and fell.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • Last summer I met a fine fox on the turnpike road and close to a tollgate, in the middle of the day.

    The Gamekeeper at Home Richard Jefferies
  • They came to the tollgate, which was politely opened and closed again without their having to get down from the sledge.

  • Whereupon she told me that it was called Tref y Talcot—the village of the tollgate.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Passing through a tollgate I found myself in a kind of suburb consisting of a few cottages.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Towards evening I arrived at a very small and pretty village in the middle of which was a tollgate.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for tollgate


/ˈtəʊlˌɡeɪt; ˈtɒl-/
a gate across a toll road or bridge at which travellers must stop and pay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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