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shunpike

[shuhn-pahyk]
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noun
  1. a side road taken instead of a turnpike or expressway to avoid tolls or to travel at a leisurely pace.
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verb (used without object), shun·piked, shun·pik·ing.
  1. to drive on a shunpike.
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Origin of shunpike

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; shun + (turn)pike
Related formsshun·pik·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • But since Captain Asher had lived at the toll-gate it was remarked that the shunpike was not used as much as in former times.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate

    Frank R. Stockton

  • She seemed to have something on her mind, and presently she proposed to Mr. Morris that he should take the shunpike for a change.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate

    Frank R. Stockton

  • He did not for a moment think she might return by the shunpike, for that was a rough road, not fit for a bicycle.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate

    Frank R. Stockton

  • He wandered about so long and asked so many questions that it was getting dark when he suddenly thought of the shunpike.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate

    Frank R. Stockton

  • Hurrying to a livery-stable, he hired a horse and buggy and a lantern, and drove to the shunpike.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate

    Frank R. Stockton