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roadhouse

[rohd-hous] /ˈroʊdˌhaʊs/
noun, plural roadhouses
[rohd-hou-ziz] /ˈroʊdˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
an inn, dance hall, tavern, nightclub, etc., located on a highway, usually beyond city limits.
Origin of roadhouse
1855-1860
1855-60; road + house
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  • It was attractive enough as a roadhouse, but it was wretched as an imitation paradise.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • On the way Ismay told him to stop at a roadhouse, got out and brought Nelly a drink.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
  • If they stop anywhere, it will be most likely at some roadhouse, where they can drink and smoke, and play pool and cards.

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • I'm speaking from a roadhouse in the Bronx; going straight from here to the bank.

    The Boy Scout Richard Harding Davis
  • The roadhouse stands in a garden of flowers well back from the thoroughfare in a nicely kept lawn.

  • The roadhouse is presided over by a very able body of the clan of Ferguson.

    Letters of a Woman Homesteader Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • I took her out to dinner, to a roadhouse, a few days ago, and she said she saw him there.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • A moment more and an automobile carrying four men was speeding to the roadhouse, while Fred rode alongside.

    The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall Spencer Davenport
British Dictionary definitions for roadhouse

roadhouse

/ˈrəʊdˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
a pub, restaurant, etc, that is situated at the side of a road, esp a country road
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Word Origin and History for roadhouse
n.

"inn by a roadside," 1857, later "place for refreshment and entertainment along a road" (1922), from road (n.) + house (n.).

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