toll·​gate | \ ˈtōl-ˌgāt How to pronounce tollgate (audio) \

Definition of tollgate

: a point where the driver of a vehicle must pay a toll

Examples of tollgate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Akinbosola Ogunsanya, a talk show host on Afrosurge Radio, said the shooting began shortly after the lights at the tollgate were switched off. Eoin Mcsweeney, CNN, "President calls for calm after protesters shot during Nigeria demonstration," 21 Oct. 2020 The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said nobody ordered the removal of cameras at the Lekki tollgate. Stephanie Busari, CNN, "Prison set on fire in Nigeria as protest death toll rises to at least 56," 22 Oct. 2020 Things came to a head on Oct. 20 when soldiers shot live rounds at unarmed protesters at the tollgate in the Lekki district of Lagos and in Alausa, another neighborhood in the city. Shayera Dark, Quartz Africa, "Female leadership in Nigeria’s EndSARS movement helped it grow, then gave it staying power," 11 Oct. 2020 One witness at the protests, Akinbosola Ogunsanya, told CNN the shooting began after the lights were turned off at the Nigerian city's Lekki tollgate. Ben Church And Aleks Klosok, CNN, "Sports stars take to social media to condemn police brutality in Nigeria," 21 Oct. 2020 Despite the curfew, the demonstrators near the Lekki tollgate did not disperse. Monica Mark, New York Times, "A Dozen Protesters in Nigeria Reported Killed by Security Forces," 21 Oct. 2020 The tollgate was closed except for two lanes, where police in full protective gear were checking paperwork and temperatures. Washington Post, "Hundreds of miles from Hubei, another 30 million Chinese are in coronavirus lockdown," 7 Feb. 2020 Officials also revised initial plans to completely automate all the nation’s tollgates after complaints over losing 6,700 jobs. Washington Post, "South Korean businesses growingly adopt unmanned services," 6 June 2019 The frontier between Italy and France, where the police now intermittently patrol key tollgates and train stations, demonstrates in many ways how those policies keep failing. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "A French Underground Railroad, Moving African Migrants," 4 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of tollgate

1773, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tollgate was in 1773

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24 Feb 2021

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“Tollgate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tollgate

: a place where the driver of a vehicle must pay a toll to go through a gate that blocks a road

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