jaywalking
The act of crossing a street illegally, for example by walking outside marked cross-walks. (The term "jay" once referred to a foolish rural person who cannot navigate city streets.)
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

jaywalking
n.
   walking across a street outside of marked cross-walks, and not at a corner, and/or against a signal light. If there is vehicle traffic or clear markings of a place to cross, this is a traffic misdemeanor subject to fine, and may be (but not conclusively) contributory negligence in the event of injury to the jaywalker by a vehicle.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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