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

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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 Both passengers and employees must wear face masks while on trains or thruway buses. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Amtrak Is Reducing Service on Some of Its Iconic Long-haul Train Rides," 30 June 2020 Access to the town was effectively halted while firefighters battled the Bush Fire that forced the closure of State Route 87, a highway also known as the Beeline, that serves as the town's arterial thruway. Justin Price, The Arizona Republic, "'It's been really hard:' Payson community tries to move forward after Bush Fire," 25 June 2020 Amtrak is requiring all customers and employees to wear facial coverings while on trains or thruway buses. The Washington Post, "Talk about Travel," 15 June 2020 For thousands of Minnesotans mourning the death of George Floyd, the corner of East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis has grown over the past few days from a gritty commercial district and busy thruway to the city’s emotional center. Akane Otani And Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "George Floyd Memorial Swells With Thousands Gathering to Grieve—and Unite," 2 June 2020 The biggest threat to freight mobility is the increase of single occupancy vehicles on our thruways, our highways and our streets. oregonlive, "Portland mayoral debate: How can the city allow buses, trucks to travel more freely?," 27 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of thruway

1930, in the meaning defined above

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“Thruway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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