back road

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  1. a little-used secondary road, especially one through a rural or sparsely populated area.

Origin of back road

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90

Words Nearby back road Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use back road in a sentence

  • Haryopratomo spoke of a woman he met while riding his motorcycle on a back road in rural Indonesia.

  • Our beach path was impassable, we found another way on the back road.

    Our Visit From Irene | India Hicks | August 27, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The road is what is called a "back road," and leads through woods most of the way.

    Riverby | John Burroughs
  • Through taking the back road, I was so fortunate as to meet nobody, and arrived there uninterrupted.

  • So it was this young lady that we saw coming tearing down the back road, as they called it, that led over the Pretty Plain.

    Robbery Under Arms | Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • I drove way round the other way, up the back road, and unloaded him at Henry's house.

    The Woman-Haters | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Instead of walking through Deerbrook, she took a back road homewards, and drew down her veil.

    Deerbrook | Harriet Martineau