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Wade

(1 syl.), to go through watery places, is the Anglo-Saxon wad (a ford), wadan (to ford or go [through a meadow]). (See Weyd-Monat.)

General Wade,
famous for his military highways in the Highlands, which proceed in a straight line up and down hill like a Roman road, and were made with a crown, instead of being lowest in the middle.

Had you seen but these roads before they were made.
You would hold up your hands and bless General Wade.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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