Definition of in the (or one's) way in US English:

in the (or one's) way


  • Forming an obstacle or hindrance to movement or action.

    ‘his head was in the way of my view’
    • ‘You can't just run over anybody who gets in your way!’
    • ‘When you put your mind to something, nothing can stand in your way.’
    • ‘They have no intention of allowing nature to stand in their way.’
    • ‘We should be welcoming newcomers, not placing barriers in their way.’
    • ‘Montoya looked up from his papers. ‘Certainly my dear fellow, Am I in your way?’’
    • ‘Don't let a little thing like economics get in your way.’
    • ‘They were smart enough not to get in Caysee's way.’
    • ‘But as Sod's law dictates, ‘If you are in a hurry, fate will throw everything in your way to slow you down.’’
    • ‘So often, powerful forces and powerful interests stand in your way, and the odds seem stacked against you.’
    • ‘I stand there for a few minutes looking at my son, kissing my wife on the brow and generally getting in the midwife's way before making my excuses.’
    • ‘I'll never forget what she said to me: You are black and you are a young woman, but don't let anybody stand in your way.’
    • ‘The law can be inconvenient when it isn't on your side, but you can't let that stand in your way when political power is at stake.’