thru·​way | \ ˈthrü-ˌwā How to pronounce thruway (audio) \
variants: or less commonly throughway

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Examples of thruway in a Sentence

the New York State Thruway we took back roads on the way out, and the thruway on the way back
Recent Examples on the Web Police closed at least one thruway exit east of the festival to stem the source of a blockbuster traffic jam around the site. Washington Post, "Where was Woodstock held? 5 myths about the famous festival," 12 Aug. 2019 Big Sur is best appreciated slowly, less as a thruway and more as a destination in its own right, and that means spending the night. Sarah Feldberg,, "How to do Big Sur the right way," 3 July 2019 But the permissiveness encouraged more migration from Central America, with many seeking to use Mexico as a thruway to the United States. New York Times, "Mexico Cracks Down on Migrants, After Pressure From Trump to Act," 3 June 2019 Johnson says, describing his thruway to the silver screen. Vogue, "A New Class of Bright, Young Things—from Riverdale Heartthrobs to Underground Musicians—Lets Loose in L.A.," 15 Feb. 2019 On the Road Though local streets are the most common type of road in the U.S., bigger thruways with higher speed limits tend to be more deadly for cyclists. Scott Calvert, WSJ, "The Most Dangerous Place to Bicycle in America," 25 Sep. 2018 Down bridle paths, ancient roads, walkways and thruways. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 The plan also would close 15th Street, a main thruway in North Philadelphia, between Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue. Julia Terruso,, "North Philadelphia neighbors to Temple University: Hear us out on football stadium," 1 Feb. 2018 Drivers are urged to avoid the thruway and use local streets. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Dozens of vehicles involved in massive pileup near Buffalo, New York," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of thruway

1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Thruway.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of thruway

US : a large highway that can be entered and left only at certain places


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