underpass

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From under- +‎ pass.

Noun[edit]

underpass (plural underpasses)

  1. A passage that crosses a road, railroad or similar obstacle in a tunnel underneath it.
    Synonyms: (UK) subway, flyunder
    • 1980, “Underpass”, in Metamatic, performed by John Foxx:
      Underpass / Underpass / Over all the bridges / Echoes in rows / Talking at the same time / Click click drone
    • 1986, “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”, in The Queen Is Dead, performed by The Smiths:
      And in the darkened underpass / I thought oh God, my chance has come at last / But then a strange fear gripped me and I just couldn't ask

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