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Definition of right of way noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    right of way

    (also right-of-way) noun
    (pl. rights of way, rights-of-way)
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  1. 1[uncountable] the right to drive across or into a road before another vehicle I had the right of way at the intersection. Whose right of way is it?
  2. 2[uncountable] legal permission to go onto or through another person's land Private property—no right of way.
  3. 3[countable] a public path that goes through private land a public right of way for walkers
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