Definition of on the (or its) way in English:

on the (or its) way


  • 1About to arrive or happen.

    ‘there's more snow on the way’
    • ‘The council later said it had not been warned snow was on the way, but this winter it is taking no such chances.’
    • ‘A hard frost is forecast tonight, while more snow and sleet is on the way tomorrow and Friday.’
    • ‘She knew it would not be long before the baby was on its way but the weather had dramatically changed.’
    • ‘She said a package that included a birthday cake and candles for her daughter was on its way and should arrive soon.’
    • ‘I just saw some crocuses poking out of the ground, which means spring is on its way.’
    • ‘Today is sunny and yesterday was warm and I think spring might actually be on the way.’
    • ‘It's getting warmer; it's still cold but the sun is shining and spring is on its way.’
    • ‘Petrol prices have risen again in York - and still more increases are on the way as war looms closer.’
    • ‘The contractions were getting stronger and she shouted to me that the baby was on its way.’
    • ‘The weather always picks up in the New Year and makes you feel Spring is on the way only to become nasty during February.’
    coming, imminent, forthcoming, approaching, impending, close, near, on us
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    1. 1.1informal (of a child) conceived but not yet born.
      ‘soon there was another baby on the way’
      • ‘Claims that the world's first cloned baby could be on its way have been met with widespread condemnation.’
      • ‘I threw my job in to go freelance when I had a baby on the way.’
      • ‘He would appear to have it all: he's a bright lad, with a devoted girlfriend, and a baby on the way.’
      • ‘I had a loving husband, a new job, a baby on the way, and the horizon was looking as bright as it could be.’
      • ‘He's married now with two adorable twin girls and a third baby on the way and I'm thrilled for him.’
      • ‘She was married with a baby on the way and she was in love with a man other than her husband.’
      • ‘With one daughter already and another baby on the way, she is desperate for a bigger place in which to raise their family.’
      • ‘She had two toddlers, another baby on the way and a part-time job in publishing.’
      • ‘To date two couples have married, three couples are engaged, a baby has been born and another is on the way.’
      • ‘The couple had a daughter last year and have another baby on the way.’