right of way


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(the) right of way

1. The right to pass over or cut through property that is privately owned by someone else. Because I bought this land from government, they have right of way in certain portions.
2. The legal right to travel in front or across the path of another vehicle. At an intersection with four stop signs, the person who arrived first has right of way. Pedestrians always have the right of way at these designated crosswalks.
See also: of, right, way

right of way

1. The right of one person or vehicle to travel over another's property, as in The new owner doesn't like it, but hikers have had the right of way through these woods for decades . [Mid-1700s]
2. The right to precede another person or vehicle, as in Sailboats always have the right of way over motorboats, and swimmers do over any kind of boat . [Early 1900s]
See also: of, right, way
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She said: "I had no idea about the right of way. We've not lived here long and I certainly don't want someone turning up on my doorstep telling me they have the right to walk through the house.
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Adel Al Marzouqi, Director of Right of Ways Services Department at the RTA Traffic and Roads Agency, reassured motorists that the Traffic and Roads Agency will divert traffic to the other stream of the road such that it will be a two-way road.
Court of Federal Claims devoted considerable dicta in the Final Opinion holding that I also owned the forage on the ditch right of ways. Some reviewers who have never read all three published opinions of the court and who have relied on the Final Opinion and Finding of Fact only fail to realize that the issue of forage on the ranch as a whole was settled in my favor in 1993.
On several routes the so-called public footpaths right of ways were overgrown.