(to be) on the road

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - on the road

"(to be) on the road"

to be travelling from place to place, especially as a salesperson


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - on the road

"(to be) on the road"

to be wandering, as a vagabond


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - on the road

"(to be) on the road"

to be on tour, as a singing group or theatrical company


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - on the road

A customer is calling a company ...

Customer:  Could I speak to Janice please?

Representative:  I'm sorry.  Janice is out on the road making sales calls.

Customer: When do you expect her to return?

Representative:  She'll be back in the office the day after tomorrow.  Shall I have Janice give you a call then?

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - on the road

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I haven't seen Peter lately.

Friend 2:  You know Peter likes to just go off and wander around the country from time to time.

Friend 1:  He always was a bit of a vagabond. When did he leave?

Friend 2:  He went on the road last week.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - on the road

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  My favorite rock band is going to be in town next week.

Friend 2:  That's big news. I didn't think they were touring anymore.

Friend 1:  A spokesperson for the band said this was the last time the band would be on the road so I have to get tickets.

(to be) on the road - Usage:


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(to be) on the road - Gerund Form:

Being on the road, the salesperson visited twelve companies in three states.

Being on the road, the vagabond would ride trains illegally.

Being on the road, the rock band travelled by tour bus.

(to be) on the road - Examples:

1)  ... frequent business travelers have to perform under stressful circumstances when they are on the road, ...

2)  Guests booking this special package to follow their team on the road will receive a ...

3)  Sometimes that included getting out on the road, instead of working at local fast food joint or slaving away in factory.

4)  I have spent the last several weeks on the road visiting with carrier partners around the world to show them the BlackBerry 10 platform and ...

5)  Crain draws inspiration from her time on the road. "I started playing music to travel ... "

6)  Our global must become local. This company keeps 23 people on the road at least 250 days a year.

7)  Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo.

8)  ... question is people wanting to travel but not knowing how to make money on the road.

9)  You are back on the road now for this album.

10)  The Pistons have played six games on the road, ...

11)  You spend a lot of time on the road. What food is always in your dressing room or in the studio?

12)  The Grand Tour will be his last after more than 50 years on the road.

13)  Scouting trips in the double digits, hundreds of miles on the road and on the boots... all worth it.

14)  The president will be taking the issue on the road next week in speeches on college campuses in North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa, ...

15)  While she is on the road, the writer encounters fellow travelers, teachers, mystics, artists, and unique ...

16)  ... your own personal reaction to the stress and homesickness of being on the road at that particular time in your life, ...

17)  I had gotten a separation from my husband and went out on the road ...

18)  ... and other ventures, and I spent several weeks on the road 24/7 traveling from Chicago to Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, then Vancouver, ...

19)  ... hand saves field operators, measurement technicians, and engineers hours and hours on the road

20)  Dean then travels on the road, hitching rides, until he arrives at a cemetery.