road gang

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noun

a group of workers employed to repair or build roads.
(in the U.S.) a detail of prisoners set to repairing a road.

Nearby words

  1. road agent,
  2. road allowance,
  3. road apple,
  4. road book,
  5. road company,
  6. road hockey,
  7. road hog,
  8. road hump,
  9. road kill,
  10. road map

Origin of road gang

First recorded in 1885–90

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for road gang

  • So the winter passed by and as spring came on the road-gang drew near to Murray.

    Silver and Gold|Dane Coolidge
  • Why is it, do you suppose, that the road-gang ahead of us haven't left a single sign, not even a word as to where we are?

  • One painful sight was a road-gang of convicts chained by the legs.

    Peter Biddulph|W.H.G. Kingston