toll·​gate ˈtōl-ˌgāt How to pronounce tollgate (audio)
: a point where the driver of a vehicle must pay a toll

Examples of tollgate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your pass will need to be purchased before arriving to the tollgates. Joseph Hernandez, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 One witness at the protests, Akinbosola Ogunsanya, said the shooting began after the lights were turned off at the Nigerian city's Lekki tollgate. Stephanie Busari, CNN, 20 Oct. 2020 There are not yet answers for the families of the more than a dozen people, including Victor, who disappeared after demonstrations against the national police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, commonly known as SARS, at an area called Lekki tollgate in Lagos. Washington Post, 21 June 2021 In Lagos on Wednesday afternoon, traffic flowed through the Lekki tollgate, where young people demonstrating against police brutality were gunned down by security forces in 2020. Elian Peltier, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2023 The nationwide #EndSARS protests, which garnered global attention, led to police opening fire on peaceful protesters and killing at least 15 people at Lagos’s Lekki tollgate. Adela Suliman, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2023 The protest at the Lekki tollgate was one of many demonstrations across the country at the time against police brutality. Ben Ezeamalu, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Before the massacre, hundreds had camped out near the Lekki tollgate, blasting music and sharing meals. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 There is no official death toll, but an Amnesty International investigation found that at least 12 people died at Lekki tollgate and another site on October 20. Stephanie Busari, CNN, 19 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tollgate was in 1773

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“Tollgate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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toll·​gate ˈtōl-ˌgāt How to pronounce tollgate (audio)
: a point where vehicles stop to pay a toll

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