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rat run



British informal
A minor, typically residential street used by drivers during peak periods to avoid congestion on main roads: our road was used as a rat run between two main roads
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  • Sapling Road really has become a rat run since the bus lanes were introduced on St Helens Road.
  • I live on a complete rat run between the High Road and Acton Lane.
  • Householders in Moss Lane, Oswaldtwistle, had tried for years to stop traffic using the road as a rat run to the M65 motorway.

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