Definition of out of the way in English:

out of the way

phrase

  • 1(of a place) remote; secluded.

    ‘we're too out of the way for mains electricity’
    as modifier ‘an out-of-the-way rural district’
    • ‘When my wife and I travel we prefer not to stay in hotels or resorts, but rather in out-of-the-way places with a local feel.’
    • ‘Akin to rats deserting a sinking ship, four survivors flee out of the major cities to a secluded, out-of-the-way shopping mall.’
    • ‘It's rather out of the way, so give yourself at least an hour once you get here.’
    • ‘They hide in out-of-the-way places and plan and plot and scheme.’
    • ‘Already we've seen the need for both spouses to work simply to afford a roof over their heads frequently in out-of-the-way locations remote from their place of work.’
    outlying, outer, outermost
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  • 2Dealt with or finished.

    ‘economic recovery will begin once the election is out of the way’
    • ‘Once the exam is finished and plagiarism concerns are out of the way, I'll post my answers to both questions.’
    • ‘Now that the election is out of the way, the recommendations must be published without further delay.’
    • ‘No wonder many Labour strategists want the election safely out of the way as soon as possible.’
    • ‘As soon as the election was out of the way, some of the country's biggest companies unveiled sweeping job cuts.’
    • ‘Let's get the big question out of the way at the start.’
    • ‘Before I begin let me get one thing out of the way.’
    • ‘Once the reform question was out of the way, however, the Duke was able to regain his political footing and operate effectively against the government.’
    • ‘Right, now that's out of the way, on to the review.’
    • ‘When this deal is out of the way we will then set about floating the company on the gray market.’
    • ‘Whatever the reasons, we will have to wait until the European elections are out of the way before any announcements.’
    • ‘With these basics out of the way, we can start to build a game plan and talk about strategy.’
    • ‘It is a sly attempt to get this issue out of the way before the election proper starts.’
    1. 2.1 (of a person) no longer an obstacle or hindrance to someone's plans.
      ‘why did Josie want her out of the way?’
      • ‘He wants you out of the way so you don't ruin his plans.’
      • ‘Now that the general is out of the way, all our plans can be put into action.’
      • ‘The plan could not move ahead until the prince was out of the way.’
      • ‘As long as we keep the radicals out of the way, we should get a new deal.’
      • ‘Was this some sort of plan to keep her busy and out of the way?’
  • 3usually with negative Unusual, exceptional, or remarkable.

    ‘he'd seen nothing out of the way’
    ‘something very out of the way had happened’
    • ‘The doors were locked and nothing out of the way had been heard.’
    • ‘But, as expected, nothing out of the way came to light.’
    • ‘Asked if he knew what contributed to his long life and good health, Joe remarked that he did nothing out of the way and did not abuse himself.’
    strange, unusual, peculiar, odd, funny, curious, bizarre, weird, uncanny, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, off-centre
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