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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.
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.
Instead of taking the way which led to the station, the chaise pursued the westward road to the market-town.