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carfax

/ˈkɑːfæks/
noun
1.
a place where principal roads or streets intersect, esp a place in a town where four roads meet
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French carfuks, from Old French carrefures, from Latin quadrifurcus four-forked
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  • So saying, carfax rose from his chair, quitted the room—and within another minute returned, solemnly escorting the two detectives.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • And did he tell you my grandfather carfax's dictum in the Banstock case?

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • "I must see the fire at carfax," she answered; and at last they forbore to press her, knowing her mind was made up.

    For the Faith Evelyn Everett-Green
  • In that "nee carfax" there was, to those who knew, something more than met the eye.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • And carfax pointed to Stobb's partner, a very quiet, observant man who had listened with a sly expression on his face.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • "Ah, well, we needn't tell that when she goes into the witness-box," said carfax.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • "Perform the duty quickly then, Sir Priest," he snarled; and then rode back to carfax.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • "Leave that to me, carfax," interrupted Mr. Wraythwaite, with a nod at Avice.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • All I had to do was to find out facts, and report them to Mr. carfax and Mr. Wraythwaite.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • The inquiry agents glanced at each other and then at carfax.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
Word Origin and History for carfax
n.

see carrefour.

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