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right of way

noun
 
 
(plural rights of way) LAW
[U] the legal right to cross land that does not belong to you: These people walked on private land and had no right of way.
[C] a path that you are legally allowed to use to cross land that does not belong to you: Walkers using a public right of way left a gate open.
[U] TRANSPORT the legal right to go along or across a road first, before other road users: An oncoming pickup with the right of way tried to avoid them, but the vehicles collided. Who has right of way?
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