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market town

Chiefly Brit a town that holds a market, esp an agricultural centre in a rural area
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When I had seen what I wanted to see, I could easily walk back to the market-town and sleep at the inn.
Instead of taking the way which led to the station, the chaise pursued the westward road to the market-town.
In old Rome the public roads beginning at the Forum proceeded north, south, east, west, to the centre of every province of the empire, making each market-town of Persia, Spain and Britain pervious to the soldiers of the capital: so out of the human heart go as it were highways to the heart of every object in nature, to reduce it under the dominion of man.
Swiftly he ran across the fields, and down the little lanes which sometimes divided them: now almost hidden by the high corn on either side, and now emerging on an open field, where the mowers and haymakers were busy at their work: nor did he stop once, save now and then, for a few seconds, to recover breath, until he came, in a great heat, and covered with dust, on the little market-place of the market-town.