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right of way

noun
     
Related topics: Roads
right of way plural rights of way
1 [uncountable] British English the right of way American EnglishTTR the right to drive into or across a road before other vehicles:
I never know who has right of way at this junction.
The law here says that pedestrians always have the right of way.
2 [countable] British English
a) TTR the right to walk across someone else's land:
Walkers are often quite aggressive about their rights of way.
b) TTR a path that people have the right to use:
The path is not a public right of way.

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