[ rohd ]
/ roʊd /
a long, narrow stretch with a smoothed or paved surface, made for traveling by motor vehicle, carriage, etc., between two or more points; street or highway.
a way or course: the road to peace.
Often roads. Also called roadstead. Nautical. a partly sheltered area of water near a shore in which vessels may ride at anchor.
Mining. any tunnel in a mine used for hauling.
the road, the places, usually outside of New York City, at which theatrical companies on tour generally give performances.
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Idioms for road
burn up the road, Slang. to drive or move very fast.
down the road, in the future: Economists see higher interest rates down the road.
- 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.
hit the road, Slang. to begin or resume traveling: We hit the road before sunrise.
one for the road, a final alcoholic drink taken just before departing from a party, tavern, or the like.
on the road,
take to the road, to begin a journey or tour.Also take the road.
Origin of road
before 900; Middle English rode, earlier rade, Old English rād a riding, journey on horseback, akin to rīdan to ride
OTHER WORDS FROM roadroad·less, adjectiveroad·less·ness, nounin·ter·road, adjective
Words nearby road
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British Dictionary definitions for hit the road
/ (rəʊd) /
- 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
a way, path, or coursethe road to fame
Also called: roadstead (often plural) nautical a partly sheltered anchorage
a drift or tunnel in a mine, esp a level one
hit the road slang to start or resume travelling
on the road
- travelling, esp as a salesman
- (of a theatre company, pop group, etc) on tour
- leading a wandering life
take the road or take to the road to begin a journey or tour
one for the road informal a last alcoholic drink before leaving
Derived forms of roadroadless, adjective
Word Origin for road
Old English rād; related to rīdan to ride, and to Old Saxon rēda, Old Norse reith
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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
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