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for To take the road
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Road \Road\ (r[=o]), n. [AS. r[=a]d a riding, that on which one
rides or travels, a road, fr. r[imac]dan to ride. See Ride,
and cf. Raid.]
1. A journey, or stage of a journey. [Obs.]
With easy roads he came to Leicester. --Shak.
2. An inroad; an invasion; a raid. [Obs.] --Spenser.
3. A place where one may ride; an open way or public passage
for vehicles, persons, and animals; a track for travel,
forming a means of communication between one city, town,
or place, and another.
The most villainous house in all the London road.
Note: The word is generally applied to highways, and as a
generic term it includes highway, street, and lane.
4. [Possibly akin to Icel. rei[eth]i the rigging of a ship,
E. ready.] A place where ships may ride at anchor at some
distance from the shore; a roadstead; -- often in the
plural; as, Hampton Roads. --Shak.
Now strike your saile, ye jolly mariners,
For we be come unto a quiet rode [road]. --Spenser.
On the road, or Uponthe road, traveling or passing over a
road; coming or going; traveling; on the way.
My hat and wig will soon be here,
They are upon the road. --Cowper.
Road agent, a highwayman, especially on the stage routes of
the unsettled western parts of the United States; -- a
humorous euphemism. [Western U.S.]
The highway robber -- road agent he is quaintly
called. --The century.
Road book, a guidebook in respect to roads and distances.
road kill See roadkill in the vocabulary.
Road metal, the broken, stone used in macadamizing roads.
Road roller, a heavy roller, or combinations of rollers,
for making earth, macadam, or concrete roads smooth and
compact. -- often driven by steam.
Road runner (Zool.), the chaparral cock.
Road steamer, a locomotive engine adapted to running on
To go on the road, to engage in the business of a
commercial traveler. [Colloq.]
To take the road, to begin or engage in traveling.
To take to the road, to engage in robbery upon the
Syn: Way; highway; street; lane; pathway; route; passage;
course. See Way.
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