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road metal

noun British.
  1. broken stone, cinders, etc., used for making roads.
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Origin of road metal

First recorded in 1810–20
Also called metal.
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Examples from the Web for road metal

Historical Examples

  • One's first thought was that at least a bit of road-metal might have been put upon it.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • To be converted into road-metal has doubtless been its fate.

  • Then the excavations had been filled up again, and the road-metal carts had come.

    Mushroom Town

    Oliver Onions

  • Six trips were run during the day, and 69 tons of coal and road-metal were transported.

  • It does not break up the given material into road-metal and gravel, but erects a building with it.

British Dictionary definitions for road metal

road metal

  1. crushed rock, broken stone, etc, used to construct a road
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