לַחֲצוֹת אֶת הַכְּבִישׂ

In English, street is the generic term for any thoroughfare, with words such as road, avenue, boulevard for more specific ones.

In Hebrew, the generic term is כביש – literally, road.

Thus to cross the street is לחצות את הכביש .

The word לחצות itself comes from the root ח.צ.י meaning half – so that when we cross a street, it’s as if we’re splitting in half by forming an imaginary line made up of our footsteps. Come to think of it, to cross suggests a similar image.

The expression in action:

ילד, אל תחצה את הכביש בלי מבוגר לידך.

Kid (boy), don’t cross the street without an adult next to you.