- traveling, especially as a sales representative.
- on tour, as a theatrical company: The musical ends its New York run next week to go on the road.
- started; under way: We need funds to get the project on the road.
Origin of road
British Dictionary definitions for hit the road
- an open way, usually surfaced with asphalt or concrete, providing passage from one place to another
- (as modifier)road traffic; a road map; a road sign
- (in combination)the roadside
- a street
- (capital when part of a name)London Road
- US short for railroad
- British one of the tracks of a railway
- travelling, esp as a salesman
- (of a theatre company, pop group, etc) on tour
- leading a wandering life
Word Origin for road
Word Origin and History for hit the road
Old English rad "riding expedition, journey, hostile incursion," from Proto-Germanic *raido (cf. Old Frisian red "ride," Old Saxon reda, Middle Dutch rede, Old High German reita "foray, raid"), from PIE *reidh- "to ride" (see ride (v.)). Also related to raid (n.). In Middle English, "a riding, a journey;" sense of "open way for traveling between two places" is first recorded 1590s. Meaning "narrow stretch of sheltered water" is from early 14c. (e.g. Hampton Roads in Virginia).
Modern spelling established 18c. In 19c. U.S. use, often meaning "railroad." On the road "travelling" is from 1640s. Road test (n.) is from 1906; as a verb from 1937. Road hog is attested from 1886; road rage is from 1988. Road map is from 1786; road trip is by 1950, originally of baseball teams.
Idioms and Phrases with hit the road (1 of 2)
hit the road
Also, hit the trail. Set out, as on a trip. For example, Come on, it's time to hit the road, or Jack hit the trail at dawn. [Late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with hit the road (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with road
- road hog
- road show
- road to hell is paved with good intentions, the
- all roads lead to Rome
- down the line (road)
- end of the line (road)
- get the show on the road
- hit the road
- one for the road
- on the road