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turnpike

[ turn-pahyk ]
/ ˈtɜrnˌpaɪk /
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noun

a high-speed highway, especially one maintained by tolls.
(formerly) a barrier set across such a highway to stop passage until a toll has been paid; tollgate.

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Origin of turnpike

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English turnepike “road barrier” (in def. 1, short for turnpike road). See turn, pike2
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British Dictionary definitions for turnpike

turnpike
/ (ˈtɜːnˌpaɪk) /

noun

(between the mid-16th and late 19th centuries)
  1. gates or some other barrier set across a road to prevent passage until a toll had been paid
  2. a road on which a turnpike was operated
an obsolete word for turnstile (def. 1)
US a motorway for use of which a toll is charged

Word Origin for turnpike

C15: from turn + pike ²
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