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’
    • ‘They hide in out-of-the-way places and plan and plot and scheme.’
    • ‘Akin to rats deserting a sinking ship, four survivors flee out of the major cities to a secluded, out-of-the-way shopping mall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's rather out of the way, so give yourself at least an hour once you get here.’
    outlying, outer, outermost
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  • 2Dealt with or finished.

    ‘economic recovery will begin once the election is out of the way’
    • ‘Let's get the big question out of the way at the start.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No wonder many Labour strategists want the election safely out of the way as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Right, now that's out of the way, on to the review.’
    • ‘It is a sly attempt to get this issue out of the way before the election proper starts.’
    • ‘Before I begin let me get one thing out of the way.’
    • ‘As soon as the election was out of the way, some of the country's biggest companies unveiled sweeping job cuts.’
    • ‘Once the exam is finished and plagiarism concerns are out of the way, I'll post my answers to both questions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now that the election is out of the way, the recommendations must be published without further delay.’
    • ‘With these basics out of the way, we can start to build a game plan and talk about strategy.’
    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?’
      • ‘Now that the general is out of the way, all our plans can be put into action.’
      • ‘He wants you out of the way so you don't ruin his plans.’
      • ‘Was this some sort of plan to keep her busy and out of the way?’
      • ‘As long as we keep the radicals out of the way, we should get a new deal.’
      • ‘The plan could not move ahead until the prince was 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The doors were locked and nothing out of the way had been heard.’