road gang


noun

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

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Origin of road gang

First recorded in 1885–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences 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