highways and byways

highways and byways

Both major and minor or lesser-traveled roads. (Often used figuratively to describe paths taken in life.) I'm taking the summer to travel across the Midwest, driving through highways and byways to find all sorts of unique places. By highways and byways, he ended up making a life for himself in a small village in India.
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highways and byways

 
1. major and minor roads. The city council voted to plant new trees along all the highways and byways of the town.
2. Cliché routes and pathways, both major and minor. I hope I meet you again some day on life's highways and byways.
See also: and, highway

ˌhighways and ˈbyways

(on/along) all the roads, large and small, of a country, an area, etc: She travelled the highways and byways of Scotland collecting folk songs and local traditions.
A byway is a small road.
See also: and, highway
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To which Sancho answered, "I spent them for my own good, and my wife's, and my children's, and it is they that have made my wife bear so patiently all my wanderings on highways and byways, in the service of my master, Don Quixote; for if after all this time I had come back to the house without a rap and without the ass, it would have been a poor look-out for me; and if anyone wants to know anything more about me, here I am, ready to answer the king himself in person; and it is no affair of anyone's whether I took or did not take, whether I spent or did not spend; for the whacks that were given me in these journeys were to be paid for in money, even if they were valued at no more than four maravedis apiece, another hundred crowns would not pay me for half of them.
I exulted in the boundless freedom of the design; the open air of that immense scene, where adventure followed adventure with the natural sequence of life, and the days and the nights were not long enough for the events that thronged them, amidst the fields and woods, the streams and hills, the highways and byways, hostelries and hovels, prisons and palaces, which were the setting of that matchless history.
In reality he was much in earnest and sometimes suffered prolonged periods of re- morse because he could not go crying the word of God in the highways and byways of the town.
Over 130 color watercolors by Pat Hunter captures lovely landscapes, while the blend of memoir, travelogue, history and artistic impressions of highways and byways offer armchair readers a satisfying blend of art book and travel memoir that's delightfully unique and beautifully presented.
If she and other blue badge holders read the paperwork that came with the much coveted badge, they would have seen that they just cannot please themselves when it comes to parking on the highways and byways.
Until this country's highways and byways are free of potholes, hot-headed drivers and huge volumes of heavy, dangerous traffic, few of us will be persuaded to hop aboard a computer-controlled and highly vulnerable box on wheels.
WHO is responsible for the funding and erection of the large, and intrusive, yellow signs that have exploded upon the highways and byways of the North East?
Each week it travelled the highways and byways of Britain to meet the regular people living here.
Tourists will be pouring in to see the sights of Jeddah, exploring the highways and byways of the city, delighting in the surprises the ancient seaport has to offer.
As we are reputed to be a nation of animal lovers then why do these loved family pets roam around the highways and byways and other people's gardens, leaving their excrement behind for others to clean up.
Sharing costs and benefits of more transmission highways and byways will increase our ability to deliver lower-cost power to customers, allow us to make the most efficient use of the region's diverse generating resources, and help us meet state and federal policy goals such as increased use of renewable energy.
I have never seen as much rubbish littering our highways and byways.
And with at least another week of freezing conditions forecast, the highways and byways are only going to get more treacherous.
Funny, isn't it, that the guy for whom the Judd Gregg Meteorological Institute at Plymouth State University and Gregg Hall, the environmental technology building at the University of New Hampshire are named--just to name a couple--would try to raise a ruckus over the Recovery Act signs dotting the highways and byways of the Granite State.
The report looked at potholes, road work, traffic, safety, and spending on highways and byways to figure out which states are getting the most bang for their buck.
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