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pavement

noun
     
Related topics: Construction, Roads
pave‧ment
1 [countable] British EnglishTTR a hard level surface or path at the side of a road for people to walk on [= sidewalk American English]
A small group of journalists waited on the pavement outside her house.
a pavement café
2 [uncountable] American EnglishTTR the hard surface of a road:
As she fell off the bike, her head hit the pavement.
3 [uncountable and countable]TBC any paved surface or area [= paving]
4

pound/hit the pavement

to work very hard to get something, especially a job, by going to a lot of different places:
He spent the next six months pounding the pavement in search of a job.
WORD FOCUS: road WORD FOCUS: road
a big road: main road, highway, motorway British English, freeway American English, expressway, turnpike American English, interstate American English, A-road British English

a road in a town: street, avenue, boulevard

a road in the countryside: country road, lane, track

a road you pay to use: toll road

parts of a road: fast lane, slow lane, hard shoulder British English/shoulder American English, central reservation British English/median strip American English, pavement British English/sidewalk American English


See also
road

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