hard shoulder

hard shoulder
noun
a paved strip beside a motorway (for stopping in emergencies)
Hypernyms: ↑shoulder, ↑berm

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hard shoulder noun
A surfaced strip forming the outer edge of a motorway, used when stopping in an emergency
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Main Entry:hard

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hard shoulder UK US noun [countable] [singular hard shoulder plural hard shoulders] british
an area at the side of a motorway where drivers can stop if they have problems
Thesaurus: roadside and its featureshyponym

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noun, pl ⋯ -ders [count]
Brit :shoulder 5, 1

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ˌhard ˈshoulder [hard shoulder] (BrE) (US ˈbreakdown lane) noun singular
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

to pull over onto the hard shoulder/into the breakdown lane

See also:breakdown lane

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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