traffic cone


Definition of traffic cone

: a conical marker used on a road or highway (as for indicating an area under repair)

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Ladies of the right, feel free to play around with the following plastic products to further your point: trash bags, traffic cones, coffee lids, those Target shopping bags, Ziploc bags, and water bottles. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Conservatives Attempt to Assert Troll Liberals by Using Plastic Straws," 1 Aug. 2018 Nope, not another traffic cone: Monarch butterflies are in their high summer mating and reproductive stages, and Chicago, placed squarely in the center of their migratory range, is enjoying the annual upsurge in sightings of the beloved butterfly. Cindy Dampier,, "Why Chicago might be the best place to save the monarch butterfly," 13 July 2018 Most denied were the 81 claims arising from hitting traffic cones or barrels. Kevin Spear,, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 Orange traffic cones will be popping up along 16 miles of Interstate 88 between Oak Brook and Naperville as repair work on pavement, ramps and bridges gets under way this week and continues through the end of the year. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Road and ramp repairs on I-88 between Naperville and Oak Brook start this week," 10 July 2018 While sidewalks on the north side of Broward Boulevard are already finished, the road’s south side is lined by orange traffic cones and patches of dirt. Meryl Kornfield,, "Brightline train stations boost new development in South Florida's downtowns," 3 July 2018 The show was held on a patch of astroturf enclosed by Tiffany-blue traffic cones, and if the rooftop hadn’t been shrouded in mist that night, there would’ve been a clear view of Central Park and Fifth Avenue’s row of luxury flagships. Dan Adler, Vanities, "A$AP Ferg Shuts Down Tiffany’s," 1 June 2018 The perimeter around the sinkhole, two traffic cones with some caution tape, was expanded to a larger enclosure with orange safety fencing over the weekend. Betsy Klein, CNN, "Let it sink in: The White House sinkhole is no more," 29 May 2018 The hole appears to be just outside the office of White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley and has been roped off with caution tape and traffic cones by groundskeepers. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "A Sinkhole Has Been Spotted on the White House Lawn and the Metaphors Write Themselves," 22 May 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of traffic cone

: a brightly colored plastic cone that is placed on a road to warn drivers not to drive too close to an area where work is being done, an accident has occurred, etc.

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