high road

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high road (plural high roads)

  1. (idiomatic) A course of action which is dignified, honourable, or respectable.
    • 1982 November 22, Thomas Griffith, “A Tilt Called Cynicism”, in Time:
      The high road of public service and the low road of political advantage seem inextricably intertwined.
  2. (chiefly UK) A main road or highway.
    • Nov. 1, 1878, Rev. Miles Greenwood, “North China”, in The Mission Field[1], number 275, page 544:
      On Wednesday, the 27th, we arrived at a place called Tʻien-chin. Here we were not on the high road to Pekin, hence the excitement created by our arrival was greater than I had ever before witnessed.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, chapter 6, in The Black Arrow:
      There, a few yards before them, was the high road from Risingham to Shoreby, lying, at this point, between two even walls of forest.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide:
      The highroad on the other side was frequented by few, for a nearer-hand way to the west had been made through the lower Moss.
  3. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see high,‎ road.

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