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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. 2018.
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  • Just then the train stopped at a way station and I got off to get a bite to eat.

    Jiglets Walter Jones
  • 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
  • I had telegraphed from a way station, so that no time might be lost.

    Out of a Labyrinth

    Lawrence L. Lynch
  • There you leave your buckboard at a way station and mount your mule.

    Roughing it De Luxe Irvin S. Cobb
  • The old trail market of Dodge, deserted and forlorn-looking among the wild sunflower, was passed like a way station.

    Wells Brothers

    Andy Adams
  • 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
  • Garth dropped off at a way station and made his way back, this time without any fêtes to greet his arrival.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner
  • At length the salesman and the two girls alighted at a Colorado way station, and Everett went on to Cheyenne alone.

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