breakdown lane

breakdown lane
breakdown lane,
1. a lane at the side of a highway for emergency stops.
2. Figurative. the condition of being disabled or unable to function properly: »

He's heading in the only direction that might lead the city out of the breakdown lane (Eric Pooley).

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noun, pl ⋯ lanes [count]
US : an area along the side of a highway where vehicles are able to stop for an emergency

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ˈbreakdown lane [breakdown lane] (US) (BrE ˌhard ˈshoulder) noun
a strip of ground with a hard surface beside a major road such as a ↑motorway or ↑interstate where vehicles can stop in an emergency
See also:hard shoulder

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