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gridiron

Used to describe the numbered rectangular street and avenue system once popular with urban planners.For example,101 1st Avenue would be on 1st Avenue,between 1st Street and 2nd Street.Contrast with the street hierarchy system (above),which is a more disorganized street system consisting of neighborhoods with very limited entrances and exits, and streets with names rather than numbers.

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They were quite close to him now, and crouching low, like tacklers on a gridiron. One of them raised his hand and lowered it, as though counting off seconds--one--two--three!
"They can travel, too, with bag of meal and gridiron slung to their sword-belt, so that it is ill to follow them.
We took turn about to lie on the naked rock, which was indeed like the position of that saint that was martyred on a gridiron; and it ran in my mind how strange it was, that in the same climate and at only a few days' distance, I should have suffered so cruelly, first from cold upon my island and now from heat upon this rock.
"Saint Laurence on a gridiron," added Laurie, blandly finishing the sentence.
She watched the fish with as much tender care and minuteness of attention as if,--we know not how to express it otherwise,--as if her own heart were on the gridiron, and her immortal happiness were involved in its being done precisely to a turn!