On the Road

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on the road definition


  1. mod.
    traveling from place to place, not necessarily on the highways. (See also get the show on the road.) : I was on the road with the circus for six months.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

on the road

  1. Traveling, as in Our salesmen are on the road five days a week. [Mid-1600s]

  2. on the road to. On the way to, following a course that will end in. For example, We could see Mary was on the road to recovery, or The business obviously was on the road to ruin. [Mid-1600s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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