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  • 1A road or track not following a main route; a minor road or path.

    ‘Extra patrols and traffic units will police the highways and byways to prevent road deaths this weekend.’
    • ‘Some smiles now, and many thanks to the staff of our technology desk, who have ploughed the highways and byways of the information superhighway for a selection of amusing advertisements.’
    • ‘Ideas start and end abruptly like driving through city streets, making unexpected turns down alleys before careening back onto the major streets, highways and byways.’
    • ‘I'd be willing to bet that students would emerge from the experience better equipped to challenge and deal with the various bumps on the highways and byways of their journey through life.’
    • ‘It is quite the opposite: like signposts on a motorway, punctuation makes it easier to plot your way through the highways and byways of the English language.’
    • ‘The album suggested hitting the highways and byways to escape the intense isolation brought on by urban claustrophobia.’
    • ‘In fact, the nation's highways and byways are getting even more crowded.’
    • ‘You know, we're gonna sell it on the nation's highways and byways and at the shows and so forth, and the director's commentary certainly explains the impetus, the inspiration for each of the scenes.’
    • ‘That means that 70,000 people - nearly an all-Ireland final crowd - will be making their way through the highways and byways of east Carlow on each of those dates.’
    • ‘Since then, this perennially restless muse has wandered through a maze of creative highways and byways.’
    • ‘Women's presence that is consciously and confidently feminist is even more of a stranger to the institutional highways and byways of liturgical life and death.’
    • ‘An overwhelming 86 percent of traffic fatalities happen on side roads and byways.’
    • ‘The flags can only be lowered and the ranges declared open to the public once all the surrounding byways, tracks and roads have been checked and cleared of any unexploded munitions.’
    • ‘For adventure touring in New Zealand, travelling the highways and byways can provide some impromptu thrills.’
    • ‘This would be a great opportunity to discover the highways and byways of these countries while helping a worthy cause.’
    • ‘The security services are used to keep us in our place, to clear the highways and byways when they pass, and to protect them.’
    • ‘An environmental campaign has been launched to try to clean up the highways and byways of Kirkby Stephen.’
    • ‘An intrepid group are set to take to the highways and byways of the county as part of a fundraising drive for cancer research.’
    • ‘Now, even more elderly, and white-haired, he can still be seen vigorously treading the highways and byways of the Dales.’
    • ‘He goes out into the highways and byways for his surveys in addition to surveying his students.’
    byroad, byway, path, pathway, footpath, way, towpath, trail, track, road, street, alley, alleyway, roadway, passage, thoroughfare
    1. 1.1A little-known area or detail.
      ‘byways of Russian music’
      • ‘Alternative culture is something the boys can retreat into; its arcane byways and fascinating backwaters are a mirror in some ways of Brooklyn itself.’
      • ‘New Jersey, an old state with many fascinating historical byways and a considerable fund of lore and legend, is the image of the future, assuming that the future is assigned a value of perhaps fifteen minutes.’
      • ‘I watched the head waiter stand over the only other inhabited table for 20 minutes, explaining some arcane byway of his art with an expansive warmth, while the couple stared up at him with rictus grins and hollow, screaming eyes.’
      • ‘I recommend it to all who are interested in the byways of Romantic music.’
      • ‘To those with an interest in the byways of 20th century music, this is a most worthwhile album.’
      • ‘Perhaps, under the ashes of its beckoning byways, the history of cinema is also the story of a return to origins, of rereadings, of new definitions, of things passed on.’



/ˈbīˌwā/ /ˈbaɪˌweɪ/