way station

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Homophone: weigh station


way station (plural way stations)

  1. A small railway station between the principal stations or a station where the train stops only on a signal.
  2. (figuratively) A service area or temporary lodging used during a longer journey.
    • 1981, William Irwin Thompson, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture, London: Rider/Hutchinson & Co., page 201:
      At one of the way-stations on his long journey a barmaid at a tavern speaks to Gilgamesh and tries to give him common sense on the human condition.