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pelican crossing

Line breaks: peli|can cross|ing

Definition of pelican crossing in English:

noun

(In the UK) a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights operated by pedestrians.
Example sentences
  • The elderly find it dangerous to cross the road at a pelican crossing or a zebra crossing because of speeding vehicles.
  • Residents believe a pelican crossing should replace a zebra crossing on that stretch of road.
  • I think a pelican crossing on a dual carriageway would be extremely dangerous and a bridge would encourage youths to throw things at cars.

Origin

1960s: pelican from pe(destrian) li(ght) con(trolled), altered to conform with the bird's name.

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