road gang



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

Origin of road gang

First recorded in 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for road gang

Historical Examples of road gang

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

    Peter Biddulph

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • 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?