pike

3
[ pahyk ]
/ paɪk /

noun

a toll road or highway; turnpike road.
a turnpike or tollgate.
the toll paid at a tollgate.

Idioms for pike

    come down the pike, Informal. to appear or come forth: the greatest idea that ever came down the pike.

Origin of pike

3
1820–30, Americanism; short for turnpike
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British Dictionary definitions for come down the pike (1 of 5)

pike1
/ (paɪk) /

noun plural pike or pikes

any of several large predatory freshwater teleost fishes of the genus Esox, esp E. lucius (northern pike), having a broad flat snout, strong teeth, and an elongated body covered with small scales: family Esocidae
any of various similar fishes

Word Origin for pike

C14: short for pikefish, from Old English pīc point, with reference to the shape of its jaw

British Dictionary definitions for come down the pike (2 of 5)

pike2
/ (paɪk) /

noun

a medieval weapon consisting of an iron or steel spearhead joined to a long pole, the pikestaff
a point or spike

verb

(tr) to stab or pierce using a pike

Word Origin for pike

Old English pīc point, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for come down the pike (3 of 5)

pike3
/ (paɪk) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for come down the pike (4 of 5)

pike4
/ (paɪk) /

noun

Northern English dialect a pointed or conical hill

Word Origin for pike

Old English pīc, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for come down the pike (5 of 5)

pike5

piked (paɪkt)

/ (paɪk) /

adjective

(of the body position of a diver) bent at the hips but with the legs straight

Word Origin for pike

C20: of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with come down the pike

come down the pike

Appear, become prominent, as in He was the best writer to come down the pike in a long time. The noun pike here is short for “turnpike” or “road.” [Slang; mid-1900s]

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