American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A gate barring passage to a road, tunnel, or bridge until a toll is collected.
- n. A tollbooth equipped with a gate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gate where toll is taken; a toll-bar.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A gate where toll is taken.
- n. a gate or bar across a toll bridge or toll road which is lifted when the toll is paid
“In too many cases, our local governments have become a kind of tollgate that business leaders must pay to cross into a community that has a lot to offer.”
“In particular, its iTunes Store gives it control of the tollgate through which billions of paid-for music tracks and albums, videos and apps cascade down to millions of customers worldwide.”
“We would have a greater ability to invest here if we didn't have to pay a 'tollgate tax' to bring the cash home.”
“And even Condé Nast, an organisation that had hitherto been rather sniffy about electronic editions, started to publish some of its prime properties such as the New Yorker, via the iTunes tollgate.”
“At the very last possible moment I am able to turn off onto the cash-paying lanes but I am blocked by the tollgate.”
“When the photographers finally succeed in getting her into the right lane, approaching the tollgate, the moment of human connection ends.”
“In Greenwich, Connecticut, turnpike owners did little more than set up a tollgate.”
“Nonetheless, it would allow him to linger unnoticed for long periods of time by the tollgate that had been set up in front of the entrance to each collection of moving boxes.”
“Merritt meeting some of the enemy's cavalry at the tollgate, drove it in the direction of Newtown till it got inside the line of Gordon's division of infantry, which had been thrown out and posted behind barricades to cover the flank of the main force in its retreat.”
“They even own a major road, and charge people a pound to go down it, through a tollgate.”
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