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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How to use turnpike in a sentence
We are driving down the New Jersey turnpike on a raw Sunday morning in March.
He was heading toward home on the Pennsylvania turnpike when he found himself pulling over.
Jersey turnpike (v.)—to perform a dance move in which one jams his/her rear end against a man's crotch and then bends over.
In the "good old coaching days" the turnpike tolls paid on a coach running daily from here to London amounted to £1,428 per year.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
The place was a field, the first beyond the turnpike gate, and within a mile of the city.
A country girl, riding by a turnpike-road without paying toll, the gate-keeper hailed her and demanded his fee.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Sixty, nay fifty, years ago, there were six toll-houses and turnpike bars between London and Portsmouth.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
Chicot stopped at a turnpike, and asked the man if he had seen three travelers pass on mules.Chicot the Jester | Alexandre Dumas, Pere
British Dictionary definitions for turnpike
(between the mid-16th and late 19th centuries)
gates or some other barrier set across a road to prevent passage until a toll had been paid
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
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