Definition of my way or the highway in English:

my way or the highway

phrase

North American
informal
  • Said to assert the view that there is no alternative (apart from leaving) but to accept the speaker's opinions or policies.

    ‘they know no way but the way of the autocrat—it's my way or the highway’
    • ‘‘Listen bud,’ she said as she leaned towards him, one arm on the table as she did so, ‘It's my way or the highway.’’
    • ‘It's always the ultimatum, my way or the highway.’
    • ‘One former international summed up his approach to getting his plans through: ‘With Jim, it's always been my way or the highway.’’
    • ‘The problem is that in the President's my way or the highway style, he hasn't tolerated any debate on the cost-benefit ratios of the strategy of preponderance versus international restraint with a narrower focus on national interests.’
    • ‘When he first moved into coaching, I did fear for him because, in some ways, he could be old school and rather intolerant - my way or the highway.’
    • ‘It meant my way or the highway, or socialism is dead and capitalism is the only way.’
    • ‘There are a couple of managers out there whose philosophy is: my way or the highway.’