road [ roud ] noun count ***
1. ) a way that leads from one place to another, especially one with a hard surface that cars and other vehicles can use:
He was driving on the wrong side of the road.
A cat suddenly ran into the middle of the road.
All roads leading into the town are flooded.
busy road (=road with a lot of traffic): The children have to cross a busy road to get to school.
a ) only before noun relating to or happening on a road:
a road accident
road traffic
road safety (=safety when driving on or crossing a road)
b ) Road used in the names of some streets. The written abbreviation is Rd.:
They live on Lockwood Road.
c ) a street with buildings along one side or both sides:
I've lived on this road for twenty years.
up/down/along the road (=farther on the road): There's a diner just up the road.
2. ) a particular process or course of action:
Ella felt Don was leading her down a very dangerous road.
a ) go down that road to take a particular course of action:
I've tried being reasonable with him and I don't want to go down that road again.
b ) the road to something a process or series of events that will achieve something or have a particular result:
The road to success is not always an easy one.
on the road to recovery/success etc.: After weeks of illness he is finally on the road to recovery.
It's a crucial step on the road to democracy.
be in the/someone's road BRITISH SPOKEN
to be in a position that stops someone from going where they want to go
down the road INFORMAL
used for talking about the future and what may happen:
Two years down the road, you might feel very differently.
It's a decision that may well have an impact further down the road.
on the road
1. ) traveling in a car, bus, or truck, especially for a long distance or a long period of time:
We've been on the road now for five hours.
2. ) if entertainers are on the road, they are traveling to many different places to perform:
The band was on the road for seven months last year.
3. ) going from one place to another because you do not have a permanent home:
It was a time when a lot of people were out of work and had to live life on the road.
one for the road SPOKEN
an alcoholic drink that you have quickly before you leave a place:
Let's have one for the road.
the road to hell is paved with good intentions
used for saying that people often make a situation much worse when they intended to make it better
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Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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