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    Question High road

    "There came a soldier marching along the high road..." (H.C. Andersen, The Tinder-Box).

    What does this "high road" mean here? I mean, what kind of road can it be, taking into account how long time ago the sentence was written?

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    Default Re: High road

    It would be a road that is not in a valley, it follows the crest of a hill.

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    Default Re: High road

    A main road or highway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhaheart View Post
    A main road or highway.
    From the little bit of a sentence you have given us, perhaps there were two roads one above the other....say on a hill. The soldier was on the top road.

    "High street" in British English means main street of a town. I don't know if high road means anything like that.

    "To take the high road" is an idiom meaning to do something that is morally correct or beyond reproach, but I don't think this is meant here.

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    Default Re: High road

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    From the little bit of a sentence you have given us, perhaps there were two roads one above the other....say on a hill. The soldier was on the top road.

    "High street" in British English means main street of a town. I don't know if high road means anything like that.

    "To take the high road" is an idiom meaning to do something that is morally correct or beyond reproach, but I don't think this is meant here.
    The point is the context does not help. I don't know whether there is any hill there or maybe this is a main road. The context says nothing about such stuff...

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    Default Re: High road

    "High road" [synonymous with "Highway]
    noun 1 a main road

    We would automatically take it that the soldier is marching along the main road to somewhere.

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