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  1. work, as construction or repairs, done on a road.
  2. a conditioning exercise for an athlete consisting of running considerable distances in areas that are reasonably free of obstructions or traffic, as fields or country roads: performed chiefly by boxers in training for a bout.
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Origin of roadwork

First recorded in 1885–90; road + work
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Related Words for roadworks

development, manufacture, system, planning, plan, structure, figure, shape, invention, elevation, mold, contour, cut, fabric, turn, edifice, arrangement, build, type, composition

British Dictionary definitions for roadworks


pl n
  1. repairs to a road or cable under a road, esp when forming a hazard or obstruction to traffic
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  1. sports training by running along roads
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Word Origin and History for roadworks



also road-work, 1765, "work done in making and repairing roads;" 1903 as "exercise done on roads;" from road (n.) + work (n.).

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