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 for Plank road
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plank \Plank\, n. [OE. planke, OF. planque, planche, F. planche,
     fr. L. planca; cf. Gr. ?, ?, anything flat and broad. Cf.
     Planch.]
     1. A broad piece of sawed timber, differing from a board only
        in being thicker. See Board.
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     2. Fig.: That which supports or upholds, as a board does a
        swimmer.
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              His charity is a better plank than the faith of an
              intolerant and bitter-minded bigot.   --Southey.
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     3. One of the separate articles in a declaration of the
        principles of a party or cause; as, a plank in the
        national platform. [Cant]
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     Plank road, or Plank way, a road surface formed of
        planks. [U.S.]
  
     To walk the plank, to walk along a plank laid across the
        bulwark of a ship, until one overbalances it and falls
        into the sea; -- a method of disposing of captives
        practiced by pirates.
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