corduroy road

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corduroy road (plural corduroy roads)

  1. A road paved with split or round logs laid crosswise side by side, used e.g. to cross swampy areas.
    • 1903, Benjamin F. Gue, History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, Volume 2 Chapter 12
      The army moved from Savannah on the 28th of January, 1865, on its march through South Carolina […] During this march, Sherman’s army had built thirty-nine miles of corduroy road through the otherwise impassable swamps.