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way station

a station intermediate between principal stations, as on a railroad.
Origin of way station
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This was a woman who boarded us at a way station, selling milk.

    Across the Plains Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Mars is only a way station, a training center for a select few.

    Voyage To Eternity Milton Lesser
  • Scatchy and the Big Soprano had gone, weeping anxious postcards from every way station it is true, but nevertheless gone.

    The Street of Seven Stars Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The old trail market of Dodge, deserted and forlorn-looking among the wild sunflower, was passed like a way station.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • The native who was to be our chief guide met us with our mounts at a way station far up in the interior of Quebec.

    One Third Off Irvin S. Cobb
  • The others would speedily be found making only a way station of New York.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
  • Though we did not realize it at the time, this was destined to be only a place to winter, a way station on our route to Oregon.

  • The train of memories once started, she herself gave it speed if it stopped at a way station; cargo if it went empty.

    The Last Shot Frederick Palmer
  • The signs on our side of the highway were upside down; indicating that we were leaving the way station.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith

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