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road

[OED any way or course obs. → 1826; cf. Sra. pasi road, path WST; Djuka idem, road, way (to do something) (J. Rubinowitz p.c.)] n. 1. route: We sail along the Exumas. Tha's the road to Nassau (Crooked). (Black)

2. a paved pathway (for pedestrians and bicycles only). (White)

hear something in the road [cf. Cayman "I heard it on the marl road means it is just a rumor" (Fuller 1967:70); from street-corner gossip] phr. to learn from gossip: 1940 Dey didn' know nuttin' even d' nex' day, excep' whut dey hear in d' road (Dupuch 43). cf. ROAD-TALK

Tags: idiom, noun, phrase

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Last update: 2012-12-02 06:18
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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