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a zebra crossing British English

Meaning: A zebra crossing is a pedestrian crossing that is marked on the road with painted black and white stripes.

For example:

  • Visitors to Britain are sometimes confused when they're told there's a zebra crossing up ahead. Some even expect to see a zebra walking across the road.

  • If someone steps onto a zebra crossing, all cars must stop and wait for them to cross the road.

Variety: This is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

A zebra crossing is a place for
  1. zebras to cross the road
  2. people to cross the road
  3. cars to run people over

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