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’
    • ‘She knew it would not be long before the baby was on its way but the weather had dramatically changed.’
    • ‘The contractions were getting stronger and she shouted to me that the baby was on its way.’
    • ‘A hard frost is forecast tonight, while more snow and sleet is on the way tomorrow and Friday.’
    • ‘The council later said it had not been warned snow was on the way, but this winter it is taking no such chances.’
    • ‘She said a package that included a birthday cake and candles for her daughter was on its way and should arrive soon.’
    • ‘Petrol prices have risen again in York - and still more increases are on the way as war looms closer.’
    • ‘It's getting warmer; it's still cold but the sun is shining and spring is 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘I threw my job in to go freelance when I had a baby on the way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She had two toddlers, another baby on the way and a part-time job in publishing.’
      • ‘I had a loving husband, a new job, a baby on the way, and the horizon was looking as bright as it could be.’
      • ‘Claims that the world's first cloned baby could be on its way have been met with widespread condemnation.’
      • ‘The couple had a daughter last year and have another 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.’
      • ‘With one daughter already and another baby on the way, she is desperate for a bigger place in which to raise their family.’
      • ‘To date two couples have married, three couples are engaged, a baby has been born and another is on the way.’