road

[ rohd ]
/ roʊd /

noun

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.

Idioms

Origin of road

before 900; Middle English rode, earlier rade, Old English rād a riding, journey on horseback, akin to rīdan to ride
Related formsroad·less, adjectiveroad·less·ness, nounin·ter·road, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hit the road

road

/ (rəʊd) /

noun

Derived Formsroadless, 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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Word Origin and History for hit the road

road


n.

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.

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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)

road


In addition to the idioms beginning with road

  • road hog
  • road show
  • road to hell is paved with good intentions, the

also see:

  • 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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