rule of the road

noun phrase

: a customary practice (such as driving always on a particular side of the road or yielding the right of way) developed in the interest of safety and often subsequently reinforced by law
especially : any of the rules making up a code governing ships in matters relating to mutual safety

Examples of rule of the road in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bikers ride fast, daringly, and without regard to the rules of the road. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 18 June 2024 Competition over strategic technologies and contests for advantage are growing but without standard international rules of the road. Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 The overwhelming majority of Dashers do the right thing and, like all drivers, must follow the rules of the road. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 5 June 2024 Having conversations with our youths about traffic laws and the rules of the road can lead to change. Jerald McNair, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for rule of the road 

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Word History

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rule of the road was in 1798

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“Rule of the road.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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