One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not on one's intended route.
- ‘‘You don't go 20 miles out of your way to have a cup of coffee,’ he says.’
- ‘And one in 10 claimed to drive a significant distance out of their way to avoid travelling on a motorway.’
- ‘But why should motorists on a multi-million-euro highway have to drive out of their way to spend a penny?’
- ‘Honestly it's miles out of his way, in completely the opposite direction from where he lives, but he wouldn't let me get a train.’
- ‘The first few weeks after I bought it I was terrified, going miles out of my way in search of parking or turning places.’
- ‘You go 50 or 60 miles out of your way only to discover it's not worth it.’
- ‘You don't have to go three miles out of your way just to finish the story.’
- ‘I ended up walking about a mile out of my way, thanks to following the instructions given.’
- ‘Driver reviver stops provide free tea and coffee and give you opportunity to take a break without going too far out of your way.’
- ‘Usually she avoided it, traveling miles out of her way to go around it.’
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