from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A booth where a toll is collected. Also called tollhouse.
- n. Variant of tolbooth.
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- n. Alternative spelling of toll booth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place where goods are weighed to ascertain the duties or toll.
- n. In Scotland, a burgh jail; hence, any prison, especially a town jail.
- transitive v. To imprison in a tollbooth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A booth, stall, or office where tolls, taxes, or duties are collected.
- n. A town jail: so called with reference to the fact that the tollbooth or temporary hut of boards erected in fairs and markets, in which the customs or duties were collected, was often used as a place of confinement or detention for such as did not pay, or were chargeable with some breach of the law in buying or selling; hence, any prison.
- n. A town hall.
- To imprison in a tollbooth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a booth at a tollgate where the toll collector collects tolls
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