from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A private lane, or one forming a byway.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A private lane, or one opening out of the usual road.


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  • They found a clinic hidden deep in a dead-ending by-lane and waited for the doctor to call them.

    Twin Moons

  • He said that prior to the independence Ladakh region was an important by-lane of fabled silk route which contributed greatly to the economy of the region.

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  • Every big market in Delhi is two markets in one—there is always a smaller, grimier mirror image of the real market, tucked somewhere into a by-lane.


  • And when she knew that he had nothing, she said to him, “Take me by the hand and carry me aside into a by-lane, as if thou wouldst examine me privily.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I took her for a wise woman, and by-and-by she led me into a by-lane, and told me there I should dwell.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Mr. Foker walking down the street, took the by-lane which skirts it, and ran as quickly as she could to the lodge-gate, Clavering

    The History of Pendennis

  • Meanwhile the boy had quickened his pace, and turning up a by-lane some mile and half short of the white farmstead, ascended towards the leaner pastures, and so on to the cottage of his mother.

    Wessex Tales

  • Act of Parliament relating to the trust, found that his protegee had been wrongly taxed, rode through the gate himself, paying the toll, then brought an action against the gate-keeper, and proved that all people coming up a certain by-lane, and going down a certain other by-lane, were toll-free.

    The Warden

  • I therefore found myself obliged, when I wished to rest myself and read, to look out for a retired spot in some by-lane or crossroad.

    Travels in England in 1782

  • Rose Cottage was exceptionally remote, tucked off by itself down a little by-lane; the owners had probably been pathetically grateful that anyone was willing to take it these days.

    Phoenix And Ashes


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