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 for On the road
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  On \On\ ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D.
     aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana,
     Russ. na, L. an-, in anhelare to pant, Gr. 'ana`, Zend ana.
     [root]195. Cf. A-, 1, Ana-, Anon.]
     The general signification of on is situation, motion, or
     condition with respect to contact or support beneath; as: 
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     1. At, or in contact with, the surface or upper part of a
        thing, and supported by it; placed or lying in contact
        with the surface; as, the book lies on the table, which
        stands on the floor of a house on an island.
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              I stood on the bridge at midnight.    --Longfellow.
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     2. To or against the surface of; -- used to indicate the
        motion of a thing as coming or falling to the surface of
        another; as, rain falls on the earth.
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              Whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken.
                                                    --Matt. xxi.
                                                    44.
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     3. Denoting performance or action by contact with the
        surface, upper part, or outside of anything; hence, by
        means of; with; as, to play on a violin or piano. Hence,
        figuratively, to work on one's feelings; to make an
        impression on the mind.
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     4. At or near; adjacent to; -- indicating situation, place,
        or position; as, on the one hand, on the other hand; the
        fleet is on the American coast.
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     5. In addition to; besides; -- indicating multiplication or
        succession in a series; as, heaps on heaps; mischief on
        mischief; loss on loss; thought on thought. --Shak.
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     6. Indicating dependence or reliance; with confidence in; as,
        to depend on a person for assistance; to rely on; hence,
        indicating the ground or support of anything; as, he will
        promise on certain conditions; to bet on a horse; based on
        certain assumptions.
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     7. At or in the time of; during; as, on Sunday we abstain
        from labor. See At (synonym).
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     8. At the time of; -- often conveying some notion of cause or
        motive; as, on public occasions, the officers appear in
        full dress or uniform; the shop is closed on Sundays.
        Hence, in consequence of, or following; as, on the
        ratification of the treaty, the armies were disbanded;
        start on the count of three.
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     9. Toward; for; -- indicating the object of some passion; as,
        have pity or compassion on him.
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     10. At the peril of, or for the safety of. "Hence, on thy
         life." --Dryden.
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     11. By virtue of; with the pledge of; -- denoting a pledge or
         engagement, and put before the thing pledged; as, he
         affirmed or promised on his word, or on his honor.
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     12. To the account of; -- denoting imprecation or invocation,
         or coming to, falling, or resting upon; as, on us be all
         the blame; a curse on him.
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               His blood be on us and on our children. --Matt.
                                                    xxvii. 25.
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     13. In reference or relation to; as, on our part expect
         punctuality; a satire on society.
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     14. Of. [Obs.] "Be not jealous on me." --Shak.
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               Or have we eaten on the insane root
               That takes the reason prisoner?      --Shak.
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     Note: Instances of this usage are common in our older
           writers, and are sometimes now heard in illiterate
           speech.
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     15. Occupied with; in the performance of; as, only three
         officers are on duty; on a journey; on the job; on an
         assignment; on a case; on the alert.
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     16. In the service of; connected with; a member of; as, he is
         on a newspaper; on a committee.
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     Note: On and upon are in general interchangeable. In some
           applications upon is more euphonious, and is therefore
           to be preferred; but in most cases on is preferable.
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     17. In reference to; about; concerning; as, to think on it;
         to meditate on it.
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     On a bowline. (Naut.) Same as Closehauled.
  
     On a wind, or On the wind (Naut.), sailing closehauled.
        
  
     On a sudden. See under Sudden.
  
     On board, On draught, On fire, etc. See under Board,
        Draught, Fire, etc.
  
     On it, On't, of it. [Obs. or Colloq.] --Shak.
  
     On shore, on land; to the shore.
  
     On the road, On the way, On the wing, etc. See under
        Road, Way, etc.
  
     On to, upon; on; to; -- sometimes written as one word,
        onto, and usually called a colloquialism; but it may be
        regarded in analogy with into.
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              They have added the -en plural form on to an elder
              plural.                               --Earle.
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              We see the strength of the new movement in the new
              class of ecclesiastics whom it forced on to the
              stage.                                --J. R. Green.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Road \Road\ (r[=o]), n. [AS. r[=a]d a riding, that on which one
     rides or travels, a road, fr. r[imac]dan to ride. See Ride,
     and cf. Raid.]
     1. A journey, or stage of a journey. [Obs.]
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              With easy roads he came to Leicester. --Shak.
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     2. An inroad; an invasion; a raid. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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     3. A place where one may ride; an open way or public passage
        for vehicles, persons, and animals; a track for travel,
        forming a means of communication between one city, town,
        or place, and another.
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              The most villainous house in all the London road.
                                                    --Shak.
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     Note: The word is generally applied to highways, and as a
           generic term it includes highway, street, and lane.
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     4. [Possibly akin to Icel. rei[eth]i the rigging of a ship,
        E. ready.] A place where ships may ride at anchor at some
        distance from the shore; a roadstead; -- often in the
        plural; as, Hampton Roads. --Shak.
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              Now strike your saile, ye jolly mariners,
              For we be come unto a quiet rode [road]. --Spenser.
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     On the road, or Uponthe road, traveling or passing over a
        road; coming or going; traveling; on the way.
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              My hat and wig will soon be here,
              They are upon the road.               --Cowper.
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     Road agent, a highwayman, especially on the stage routes of
        the unsettled western parts of the United States; -- a
        humorous euphemism. [Western U.S.]
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              The highway robber -- road agent he is quaintly
              called.                               --The century.
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     Road book, a guidebook in respect to roads and distances.
        
  
     road kill See roadkill in the vocabulary.
  
     Road metal, the broken, stone used in macadamizing roads.
        
  
     Road roller, a heavy roller, or combinations of rollers,
        for making earth, macadam, or concrete roads smooth and
        compact. -- often driven by steam.
  
     Road runner (Zool.), the chaparral cock.
  
     Road steamer, a locomotive engine adapted to running on
        common roads.
  
     To go on the road, to engage in the business of a
        commercial traveler. [Colloq.]
  
     To take the road, to begin or engage in traveling.
  
     To take to the road, to engage in robbery upon the
        highways.
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     Syn: Way; highway; street; lane; pathway; route; passage;
          course. See Way.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  on the road
      n 1: travelling about; "they took the show on the road"; "they
           lost all their games on the road" [syn: on the road, on
           tour]

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