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A road is a surface on which vehicles can travel. The word "road" is a little different from the words "street" and "highway." A street is generally found in a city in residential and commercial areas, a highway is used for high-speed travel, but we can use the word "road" when talking about almost any surface on which vehicles travel.

  • The road outside my house is quiet.
  • Several cars are parked on the side of the road.
  • When a police car has its lights and siren on, motorists are supposed to pull over to the side of the road.
  • The city is planning to build a new road to accommodate an increase in traffic.
  • Summer road construction makes travel difficult at this time of year.
  • Several road closures went into effect following the blizzard. (road closure = a road closed for construction or bad weather conditions)
  • Don’t stand in the middle of the road.
  • Instead of pulling off the road to get some gas, we decided to continue onward for a few more miles.
  • Roads are usually paved with asphalt, but rural areas have a lot of gravel roads. (gravel road = a road paved with small rocks, stones, and gravel.)
  • In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy is advised to follow the yellow brick road.


This road winds along the side of the lake.

There are some expressions and idioms that include the word "road."

  • We’re going to hit the road tomorrow. (hit the road = begin a long trip)
  • We’re going on a road trip. (road trip = a long on a highway)
  • Musicians go on the road when they want to promote their music. (go on the road = visit many cities over a long period of time)
  • Before buying a car, you should take it on a road test. (road test = driving a car for the first time)
  • Michelle decided to take the high road and not answer an insult with another insult. (take the high road = to behave in a morally upright manner)
  • Donnie will take the low road at every opportunity and at any cost to others. (take the low road = to behave in a manner that is improper or undignified)



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