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A side road taken to avoid the tolls or traffic of a turnpike.
intr.v. shun·piked, shun·pik·ing, shun·pikes
To travel on side roads, avoiding turnpikes.

shun′pik′er n.
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vb (intr)
US to take a side road to avoid paying a turnpike toll
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a secondary road taken to avoid highway tolls or traffic.
[1850–55, Amer.; shun + (turn) pike]
shun′pik`er, n.
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According to the Nova Scotia-based magazine Shunpiking, CSIS tactics include "infiltrating places of worship, knocking on doors in the early morning hours, showing up at Muslims' places of work, bullying Muslims into spying on their communities, and jailing those who refuse to cooperate."
In 1997, shunpiking magazine launched a Black history supplement that was innovative; it attempted to paint the broad sweep of historical forces that not only shape the Black community but bind it within Nova Scottan, Canadian and world history.
(These events are memorialised in Ian MacLeod's 48-minute documentary film, November 1946, reviewed in shunpiking, October 1996.)
Had turnpikes been free to multiply and relocate gates they could have better combatted shunpiking. Finally, there was the toll exemption.