sub way

subway

[suhb-wey]
noun
1.
Also called, especially British, tube, underground. an underground electric railroad, usually in a large city.
2.
Chiefly British. a short tunnel or underground passageway for pedestrians, automobiles, etc.; underpass.
verb (used without object)
3.
to be transported by a subway: We subwayed uptown.

Origin:
1820–30; sub- + way1

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subway (ˈsʌbˌweɪ)
 
n
1.  (Brit) an underground passage or tunnel enabling pedestrians to cross a road, railway, etc
2.  an underground passage or tunnel for traffic, electric power supplies, etc
3.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) an underground railway

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subway
1825, "underground passage" (for water pipes or pedestrians), from sub- + way. The sense of "underground railway in a city" is first recorded 1893, in ref. to Boston.
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