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tollbooth

[tohl-booth, -booth] /ˈtoʊlˌbuθ, -ˌbuð/
noun, plural tollbooths
[tohl-booth z, -booths] /ˈtoʊlˌbuðz, -ˌbuθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a booth, as at a bridge or the entrance to a toll road, where a toll is collected.
2.
Chiefly Scot. tolbooth.
Origin of tollbooth
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English tolbothe. See toll1, booth

tolbooth

or tollbooth

[tohl-booth, -booth] /ˈtoʊlˌbuθ, -ˌbuð/
noun, plural tolbooths
[tohl-booth z, -booths] /ˈtoʊlˌbuðz, -ˌbuθs/ (Show IPA).
Chiefly Scot.
1.
a town jail.
2.
a town hall or guild hall, especially a place where tolls are paid.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English; see tollbooth
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  • But Willie went wrong—and from bad to worse; but now he is in the tollbooth at Aberdeen, as you have heard.

    Allison Bain Margaret Murray Robertson
  • But I will give you the name of the man who used to go to the tollbooth on Sunday afternoons.

    Allison Bain Margaret Murray Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for tollbooth

tollbooth

/ˈtəʊlˌbuːθ; -ˌbuːð; ˈtɒl-/
noun
1.
a booth or kiosk at which a toll is collected

tolbooth

/ˈtəʊlˌbuːθ; -ˌbuːð; ˈtɒl-/
noun
1.
(mainly Scot) a town hall
2.
a variant spelling of tollbooth
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Word Origin and History for tollbooth
n.

early 14c., originally a tax collector's booth, from toll (n.) + booth.

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