Definition of way in English:



  • 1A method, style, or manner of doing something; an optional or alternative form of action.

    ‘I hated their way of cooking potatoes’
    ‘there are two ways of approaching this problem’
    • ‘People are going to find a way to enjoy themselves, even if it means breaking the law.’
    • ‘It was the most spectacular way in which a poor boy could achieve fame and fortune.’
    • ‘I also have to find a way of fitting all my Christmas presents in the car whilst managing to leave room for Lisa.’
    • ‘One day I hope we may find a way but it will require work on my mother's part as well as mine.’
    • ‘They will listen then encourage you to find a way to achieve what you want.’
    • ‘If we want the arts to be meaningful, we have to find a way to reintegrate art into our lives.’
    • ‘So I think in the interim we need to find a way of helping the people that we have already promoted who are not good at this.’
    • ‘They offer a wonderful chance to explore the medium of dance and find new ways of expression.’
    • ‘When we get there we'll find a way to survey the property and figure out a plan of action.’
    • ‘I hope they made it the way you like it.’
    • ‘You made it the way you wanted to make it.’
    • ‘Play and creative expression are ways in which children cope with and try to make sense of their experiences and of the world.’
    • ‘Of course I don't do that; I try to find a way to please everyone, which is impossible.’
    • ‘Wilson is amongst a growing number of entrepreneurs trying to find a way of charging for music on the net.’
    • ‘We had to find a way to help and it was fantastic to be able to do so.’
    • ‘Since there is no guarantee that these machines will be benign, it is vital we find a way to remain in control.’
    • ‘My excuse is that while I'm working, it's the most convenient way of getting a good meal.’
    • ‘He has nothing but awe for his mother; is his behaviour his way of trying to be worthy of her?’
    • ‘This is a most practical way of helping people who are less fortunate than ourselves.’
    • ‘At what point is one allowed to say a religion is a threat to one's way of life?’
    • ‘Professor Hills said there was no easy way of predicting which view would prevail.’
    • ‘I think there are different ways of interpreting the characters.’
    • ‘The children must find a way to get rid of him before their parents get home.’
    • ‘But if he wants a gold medal, he will have to find a way of beating the French.’
    method, course of action, process, procedure, technique, system
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    1. 1.1one's way One's characteristic or habitual manner of behaviour or expression.
      ‘it was not his way to wait passively for things to happen’
      • ‘I am not in any way saying this to be antagonistic, nor to disparage anyone's beliefs; that isn't my way, or my purpose in starting this.’
      • ‘I hope it results in them changing their ways and showing greater respect to other cultures.’
      • ‘They challenge human standards, because God's ways are not our ways.’
      • ‘She is reliable and efficient and, in her sweet way, shows the people around her how much she cares about them.’
      • ‘All three plays were enjoyable and engaging in their own eccentric ways and all three directors deserve praise.’
      • ‘God's ways are not our ways, and God's methods are not always our methods.’
      • ‘It would be easy to rest on our laurels, but that isn't my way - and it isn't public television's, either.’
      manner, style, fashion, mode, method
      practice, wont, habit, custom, characteristic, policy, procedure, convention, fashion, use, routine, rule
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    2. 1.2ways The customary behaviour or practices of a group.
      ‘my years of acclimatization to British ways’
      • ‘With a large British community living in Cyprus the hospitable islanders are well used to British ways.’
      • ‘Morgana was happy to see that some people still respected the old ways and the reign that was so rightly hers.’
      • ‘We have a tradition of discretion on the island but perhaps he isn't quite used to island ways.’
      • ‘They remained determined to practise the ways of their ancestors.’
      customs, conventions, ways, way of life, way of doing things, traditions, practices, custom and practice, procedures, habits, usages
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    3. 1.3 The typical manner in which something happens or in which someone or something behaves.
      ‘he was showing off, as is the way with adolescent boys’
      • ‘I just rang my brother to ask his advice but, as is always the way when you really want to speak to someone, he's out!’
      • ‘Perhaps this has always been the way and the public was just more naive then.’
      • ‘That's always the way when an accomplished team gets into that position of strength.’
    4. 1.4 A particular aspect of something; a respect.
      ‘I have changed in every way’
      • ‘In some ways, it doesn't work.’
      • ‘On the one hand, those are things we still respect in many ways.’
      • ‘The concept alone is offensive in at least half a dozen different ways, so you have to admire the sheer gall of the Media Lunch team.’
      • ‘In some ways, it's a victim of its own success.’
      • ‘It was also a serious step because we know both Bob and Kate to some degree and respect them in many ways.’
      • ‘They are splendid in every way.’
      • ‘Even Drake, who was far from a child when he first met Hon Shun, had grown up in many ways these past months.’
      • ‘Although the book is excellent in many ways, some aspects of it are troubling.’
      • ‘It's all rather messy in lots of ways.’
      • ‘Their strengths are complementary in numerous ways: all they have to do is team up in a more productive fashion.’
      • ‘Yet, this is in many ways a very careful revision as Young's personality is preserved.’
      aspect, regard, facet, respect
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    5. 1.5with adjective A specified condition or state.
      ‘the family was in a poor way’
      • ‘The vessel is in a poor way and its listing is getting worse.’
      • ‘So clearly if he's alive, he's in a bad way.’
      state, condition, situation, circumstances, position
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  • 2A road, track, or path for travelling along.

    in place names ‘No. 3, Church Way’
    • ‘In the past the Great Silk Road was not only a trade way but also an important road between East and West, North and South.’
    • ‘The West Highland Way is second only to the Pennine Way in the hall of fame of British long-distance footpaths.’
    • ‘At this time it is unclear as to whether the Walton Way was a salt way or rather the best route to a convenient crossing of the Trent.’
    • ‘At the end of the road turn left and continue along Drovers' Way and the property to be sold is the last house on the left-hand side.’
    byroad, byway, bridleway, bridle path, path, pathway, footpath, towpath, trail, track, road, street, alley, alleyway, roadway, passage, thoroughfare
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    1. 2.1 A course of travel or route taken in order to reach a place.
      ‘can you tell me the way to Leicester Square?’
      • ‘Can you tell me the way to Wapping?’
      • ‘Excuse me, which way is it to the nearest town?’
      • ‘A Scottish cycle route sign pointed the way and we decided to take some pictures.’
      • ‘Is this the way to Donaghcloney?’
      • ‘The red dots of paint with which Cretan walkers have marked the way are not always easy to spot.’
      • ‘We went part of the way by bus, and walked the rest.’
      • ‘He slept most of the way there and back.’
      • ‘Police sealed off main roads along the way to allow the protesters to march through.’
      • ‘It's not very well signposted, and we lost our way trying to reach it, but the hunt was well worth while.’
      • ‘Mr Rickwood said they will be planning the details of the route along the way.’
      • ‘When they got in there they signed in for their teacher and kept on talking all the way to ninth period math class.’
      • ‘We kept a good pace and started using our own routes to make our way to checkpoints.’
      road, roadway, street, thoroughfare, track, path, pathway, lane, avenue, drive, channel
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    2. 2.2 A specified direction of travel or movement.
      ‘we just missed another car coming the other way’
      • ‘You met him in Newgate Street; Which way was he going?’
      • ‘Sadly, the man wasn't going our way but he was very friendly.’
      • ‘I peeked across the cafeteria toward Emmett, grateful that he wasn't looking my way.’
      • ‘Which way was he facing?’
      direction, bearing, course, orientation, line, run, tack
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    3. 2.3 A means of entry or exit from somewhere, such as a door or gate.
      ‘I nipped out the back way’
      • ‘There is a second way in at the back.’
      • ‘That evening, when Gary was done closing up for the night, he bid Mr. McCullough goodbye, stepped out the back way, mounted his bike, and headed home.’
      • ‘‘Tell you what though, there's a couple of flashlights in the control room. We'll pop out the back way, grab them and come back and give you a hand!’’
      door, doorway, gate, exit, entrance, entry, portal
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    4. 2.4 A distance travelled or to be travelled; the distance from one place to another.
      ‘they still had a long way ahead of them’
      figurative ‘the area's wine industry still has some way to go to full maturity’
      • ‘You can see in the aviation-mishap status update below that we have quite a ways to go to reach our goal.’
      • ‘Does he really need to go all the way to the North of England to find this out?’
      • ‘It was a ways off in the distance and it was hard to get an estimate as to how far away it was.’
      • ‘They reached a good ways down the tunnel when Caleb felt his weakness starting to finally take over.’
      • ‘A short while later they where standing on a hill with the city a short ways behind them.’
      • ‘A short way further along the passage they came to a steel ladder, bolted into the wall and running up through a lightless shaft to the upper levels.’
      • ‘If you have to go to Reading or Glastonbury, it's quite a way to travel from the north of England.’
      • ‘Yes really, we travelled all the way from Glasgow to Lake Molveno in northern Italy on a bus.’
      • ‘I walked a little ways back up the drive and paced back and forth under the chestnut tree.’
      • ‘Once I had reached a little ways beyond the last place I checked I decided to turn around.’
      distance, length, stretch, journey, extent
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    5. 2.5 A period between one point in time and another.
      ‘September was a long way off’
      • ‘Spring is a long way off.’
      • ‘So, as long as we've got them, we don't have to worry about William becoming king, because that's quite a long way off.’
      • ‘It seemed such a long way off, and now, suddenly, the wedding is imminent.’
      period of time, time, stretch, term, span, duration
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    6. 2.6 Travel or motion along a particular route; the route along which someone or something would travel if unobstructed.
      ‘Christine tried to follow but Martin blocked her way’
      ‘that table's in the way’
      ‘get out of my way!’
      • ‘While it's uncertain whether the protest and subsequent meeting will prevent cuts, the way the governor's staff handled the whole affair is instructive: I'm told that technically they could have been arrested for blocking the way.’
      • ‘There he was standing in my way in the hallway.’
      • ‘They forced their way through a wall of brush and then took wire cutters to a rusting barbed wire fence that stood in their way.’
      • ‘They asked me to get out of the way so they could take photographs of her alone.’
      • ‘Travelling at the same speed as lorries, we lost count of the number trying to bully us out of their way.’
      • ‘That is why I was standing in the way at the door.’
    7. 2.7one's way Used with a verb and adverbial phrase to intensify the force of an action or to denote movement or progress.
      ‘I shouldered my way to the bar’
      • ‘The truly outstanding athlete always fights his way to the top, no matter what the odds.’
      • ‘Adam wormed his way through the crowd to his hut.’
      • ‘So we get back in the car and start inching our way up the hill.’
      • ‘Her uncle weaves his way through the maze of chairs to reach her.’
      • ‘I nodded and watched as Alex weaved his way through the throng of people that were emerging from D block.’
      • ‘Seeing that she seemed uncomfortable with the situation, he began to worm his way to the door.’
      • ‘An uncomfortable thought wormed its way to the front of my brain.’
      • ‘I wend my way through the crowd before the artist interview begins.’
      • ‘I climbed up and navigated my way over the top of the bales unsteadily.’
      • ‘Della must have gone already, I think as I inch my way down the hall.’
      • ‘Bradford is clawing its way up the recycling ladder.’
    8. 2.8informal with modifier or possessive A particular area or locality.
      ‘the family's main estate over Maidenhead way’
      • ‘Hey, you know Sellersville isn't all that far from Philly, for anyone who's down that way, and I will be there too.’
      • ‘He’s over Bristol way to see about some wrought iron.’
      • ‘I really value the comments from the people who live up that way.’
      • ‘I might be coming up your way in a short while!’
      locality, neighbourhood, area, district, locale, quarter, community, region, zone, part
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  • 3waysParts into which something divides or is divided.

    ‘the national vote split three ways’
    • ‘Under the scheme, the cost of the property would be divided three ways between the buyer, a bank or building society and Government.’
    • ‘Policymakers at the Bank of England were split three ways for the second consecutive month when they held interest rates at 5% two weeks ago.’
  • 4Scottish formal A person's occupation or line of business.

    work, line of work, line, occupation, profession, career, employment, job, day job, position, pursuit, vocation, calling, field, sphere, walk of life, trade, craft
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  • 5mass noun Forward motion or momentum of a ship or boat through water.

    ‘the dinghy lost way and drifted towards the shore’
    • ‘Children under the age of 10 must wear a specified personal flotation device at all times on any vessel when the vessel is under way and they are in an open area of the vessel.’
    • ‘The vessel under way is bound to keep clear of another at anchor.’
  • 6waysA sloping structure down which a new ship is launched.

    • ‘So the bottle would have had to be broken on her bow to send her down the ways on that day.’
    • ‘It was a favorite vantage point from which many of them had watched many other Bath Iron Works ships slide down the ways.’


  • 1At or to a considerable distance or extent; far (used before an adverb or preposition for emphasis)

    ‘his understanding of what constitutes good writing is way off target’
    ‘my grandchildren are way ahead of others their age’
    • ‘The ball is rolled to Baxter who has a pop from a distance and shoots way over the bar.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the United States is way ahead of the United Kingdom in so many ways.’
    • ‘This has changed, and the grey bar now heads way off to the right of the screen.’
    • ‘In every region of England the Greens were way ahead of them in European elections.’
    • ‘We lay on her bed with our arms round each other and just talked and kissed till way past two.’
    • ‘She can also smoke, drink and indulge way beyond the limits of human endurance.’
    • ‘The great problem is that the effect of the disease has been felt way outside of agriculture.’
    1. 1.1North American as submodifier Much.
      ‘I was cycling way too fast’
      • ‘I'd actually always thought she was way cooler than him, and was keen to hang out.’
      • ‘If he is moving along too fast or seems to like you way more than you like him, let him go.’
      • ‘They find it hard to charge for their services; they usually give way more than they ask for, and this means they scrape by.’
      • ‘People may mock, but it's way better than my real social life.’
      • ‘You should just become a rocker; it would be easier to explain and looks way cooler.’
    2. 1.2US usually as submodifier Extremely; really (used for emphasis)
      ‘the guys behind the bar were way cool’
      • ‘‘Dad, you never told me we had any way cool relatives!’’
      • ‘I wanted to pay some appreciation to some way cool blog people - I don't know these people beyond the blog, but I appreciate their presence around here!’
      extremely, very, exceedingly, exceptionally, especially, extraordinarily, tremendously, vastly, hugely, abundantly, intensely, acutely, singularly, significantly, distinctly, outstandingly, uncommonly, unusually, decidedly, particularly, eminently, supremely, highly, remarkably, really, truly, mightily, thoroughly, to a fault, in the extreme, extra
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  • across the way

    • Nearby, especially on the opposite side of the street.

      ‘we went for a meal in the Italian restaurant across the way’
      ‘he watched the lighted windows of a flat across the way’
      ‘the family from over the way were joining in the argument’
      • ‘‘The woman and her husband moved in across the way from us when we lived in Birkenhead,’ explained Miles.’
      • ‘Next they went to the fire hydrant across the way on the other street and finally they got water.’
      • ‘It's not a nice thing looking out at other family members living across the way, with no heating or lighting; that's why we allowed them to connect up to us.’
      • ‘He has that garage over the way, but he's an odd one.’
      • ‘I used to go to Sherington school, just over the way, and there's no way that many kids were driven to school when I was a nipper.’
      • ‘There's a nice view of the street and the park across the way.’
      • ‘Soon, hopefully, there will be a computer, blocking my view of the perfect family across the way.’
      • ‘I was sitting on the balcony a little while ago, enjoying the cool breeze, and noticed someone walking around in an apartment across the way.’
      • ‘My father's mother lived downstairs, my mother's mother lived across the road and all my uncles and aunts lived in the building across the way or the building behind.’
      • ‘The only green space is the graveyard across the way from the hospital - there's nowhere to get fresh air or play.’
      • ‘Now Jake and Marcy are happily divorced - Jake, indeed, lives in a trailer parked across the way from the family's beachside home.’
  • be on one's way

    • 1Have started one's journey.

      ‘she telephoned her office to say she was on her way’
      • ‘We packed swiftly and were on our way within half an hour, totally oblivious to the incredible journey that still lay ahead.’
      • ‘The officer had been on his way to an armed robbery with lights and sirens blazing, and admitted travelling between 50 and 60 mph in a 30 mph zone.’
      • ‘We started walking towards town together and he explained he was on his way to a job interview as a nurse's aide.’
      • ‘A month later, Elle and I were on our way to Germany along with other freshmen and juniors and seniors.’
      • ‘We climbed into my old, beat-up car and were on our way.’
      • ‘As soon as the first cub was born, it was clear to the animal keepers and the vet that more were on their way.’
      • ‘Come on let me get my stuff then we will be on our way back to the house.’
      • ‘They could be on their way to beating the big-league record of 29.’
      • ‘Then the carriage started moving and we were on our way.’
      • ‘They were on their way to watch the 15-year-old take part in rugby training.’
      1. 1.1informal Go away.
        ‘on your way, and stop wasting my time!’
        • ‘We decided to sleep in the car, but a ranger came around with a flashlight and told us to be on our way.’
        • ‘They were very aggressive me and told me to be on my way.’
        go away, depart, leave, take oneself off, take off, get out, get out of my sight
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  • by a long way

    • By a great amount; by far.

      ‘we were the best team by a long way’
      • ‘We are not resigned to this yet by a long way and, considering we only had five days notice of this meeting it's amazing how many people turned up to support us.’
      • ‘The adversarial system is not serving us well at the moment, not by a long way.’
      • ‘After all, it's cheaper than re-mortgaging by a long way!’
      • ‘We're already the cheapest by a long way, so I don't see prices coming down to compete with another high fares airline.’
      • ‘As I said last year, it's not over, not by a long way.’
      • ‘They're still the best team in the world by a long way.’
      • ‘It has been a very good season but it is not over by a long way.’
      • ‘The instances I have cited aren't the first, not by a long way.’
      • ‘‘We weren't good enough by a long way,’ he said.’
      • ‘Saturday night's gig was our best so far, by a long way.’
      much, very much, considerably, markedly, immeasurably, decidedly, greatly, significantly, substantially, appreciably, noticeably, materially, signally
      by a great amount, by a good deal, by a long chalk, by a long shot, by a long way, by a mile, far and away
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  • by the way

    • Incidentally (used to introduce a new, less important topic)

      ‘oh, by the way, while you were away I had a message’
      • ‘The current process, by the way, has been in place more or less unchanged for over fourteen hundred years.’
      • ‘You should really read your employer's policies on discrimination against gay men, by the way.’
      • ‘Anyone with an interest in how it all worked should have a look at this morning's Washington Post, by the way.’
      • ‘Check out his blog by the way - it was always good and keeps getting better.’
      • ‘By the way, have you ever noticed that doctors in hospitals tend to talk about you to their medical students as though you don't even exist?’
      • ‘The physical design and layout of the book, by the way, are as good as they possibly could be, given its great length.’
      • ‘Thanks for your kind thoughts and e-mails, by the way, they're very much appreciated.’
      • ‘Did you know, by the way, that Portugal is the world's largest producer of cork?’
      • ‘Thursday, by the way, is also the day that our new kitchen gets delivered.’
      • ‘The report she quotes, by the way, is available through this site, but only if you're prepared to pay for it.’
      incidentally, by the by, in passing, en passant
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  • by way of

    • 1So as to pass through or across; via.

      ‘he travelled by way of Canterbury’
      • ‘He returned to the main post in the vestibule by way of three long connecting buildings on Wilkins Road.’
      • ‘We made it there in the end, although admittedly by way of thirty-odd roundabouts, and sat at a long dim table in a corner where four of the lights had blown.’
      • ‘This was also the period in which Buddhism spread throughout China, arriving by way of India.’
      • ‘They passed from cellar to cellar by way of holes in the walls.’
      • ‘The heart then pumps the oxygen-rich blood through the body by way of arteries.’
      • ‘It resembles Arabian couscous, from which it probably originated, traveling to the Spanish colonies by way of the mother land.’
      • ‘It was August, sunny and hot, and we were on a trip from Iowa to Wyoming by way of the scenic wonders of South Dakota.’
      • ‘He voted in Texas, then made his way back to Washington by way of Columbus, Ohio.’
      • ‘Drive on to reach a viaduct, cross this and turn immediately right by way of a metal gate into Cairnsmore Estate.’
      • ‘We by-pass a farm with fine barns and cross another idyllic little stream by way of four large stepping-stones.’
      • ‘He traveled no farther than four miles outside of Nevaharday by way of the trade route.’
    • 2Constituting; as a form of.

      ‘‘I can't help it,’ shouted Tom by way of apology’
      • ‘The team has had plenty of glory days in the past, but of late their efforts have brought little by way of reward.’
      • ‘Almost three quarters of the way through his reign, he has accomplished virtually nothing by way of political reform.’
      • ‘She stood her ground. A year later, her boss bought her a £7,000 piano by way of apology.’
      • ‘Now, by way of thanks, he is being awarded the freedom of East Lothian.’
      • ‘What would be necessary by way of reparation, apology, atonement for that to be acceptable?’
      • ‘He claimed he'd only sent some of the items by way of an apology.’
      • ‘Maybe I should post a few of them by way of illustration.’
      • ‘It may even be that the House may find it necessary to place some arbitrary limit on awards of damages that are made by way of punishment.’
      • ‘Although the reference is to a change resulting from a court or tribunal ruling, that is by way of example.’
      • ‘I asked whether it was a nice gesture of my host that he'd managed to collate the past decade's songs by way of a celebration.’
    • 3By means of.

      ‘non-compliance with the rules is punishable by way of a fine’
      • ‘Well, the Constitution can be changed by the people by way of a referendum.’
      • ‘She gave birth to a healthy baby boy three years ago by way of in vitro fertilization.’
      • ‘A past district governor of Rotary illustrates this by way of his personal experience on the streets of Malawi.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, this has been passed on to farmers by way of lower prices paid to farmers.’
      • ‘The majority of cost increases come by way of contracted pay and benefit hikes.’
      • ‘Several car manufacturers are expected to pass on the excise reliefs to the consumers by way of reduced prices.’
      • ‘Fans had applied for passes to these gigs by way of a text message and lottery-draw system.’
      • ‘They add to the local economy through knowledge transfer by way of training, research and development.’
      • ‘Bryson makes his way through the British countryside, towns and cities by way of bus, train, or on foot.’
      • ‘Agree in advance by way of a contract what you wish them to do and what the charges will be on an hourly basis.’
  • come one's way

    • Happen or become available to one.

      ‘he did whatever jobs came his way’
      • ‘They should be really well prepared for whatever comes their way after I leave.’
      • ‘I appreciate this might be against the rules of blogging and am prepared to take whatever punishment comes my way.’
      • ‘He can give you hope and the strength to endure whatever hard times come your way.’
      • ‘Only once you're in and established does it get easier as jobs start coming your way.’
      • ‘I want to be in a position to withstand whatever challenge might come my way.’
      • ‘Then, you can get through whatever comes your way, whatever happens.’
      • ‘We are given pain relief in our society for whatever ailment comes our way.’
      • ‘What I want for my children is for them to be resilient, to be able to cope with whatever comes their way.’
      • ‘I think he is guilty, as the pictures show, of throwing more than one punch and he has to accept whatever punishment comes his way.’
      • ‘I think it is important to grab whatever work is coming my way.’
      • ‘We will have to deal with whatever comes our way.’
      • ‘We accept any job that comes our way not realising how efficient we are at it.’
  • get (or have) one's (own) way

    • Get or do what one wants in spite of opposition.

      ‘she got her way about going to art school’
      • ‘And it would seem the editors and producers are either too ignorant or too lily-livered not to let them have their way.’
      • ‘If the two tennis enthusiasts have their way, every youngster in St Lucia will benefit from free lessons in a sport still considered strictly for the well-to-do.’
      • ‘If she's volatile, puts you down or insists on having her way, she's not a good candidate for best friend material.’
      • ‘If the TV executives in this Los Angeles office have their way, America will soon get the chance to watch imported African TV shows 24 hours a day.’
      • ‘As it turns out, Adams did get his way in the end.’
      • ‘Well, if they have their way, it is likely to change a lot.’
      • ‘Powerful people in powerful places may prefer that some questions go unanswered, and some opinions remain unheard - but that doesn't mean they'll have their way.’
      • ‘This is a man so obsessed with having his own way that he does not see party unity as being of any great importance; a truly dangerous position to take.’
      • ‘Over the past 6 years, he got used to having his way in the party - whether by sulking at the mildest of criticism, or by cracking the whip on apparatchiks.’
      • ‘He is a sweet 4-year-old, who is quite cute but also quite determined and used to having his own way.’
      • ‘But she has a reputation for getting her own way and that, coupled to her closeness to the First Minister, could be good news - if her way is the right way.’
      • ‘He said: ‘If developers have their way there will be a conurbation stretching from Oxenhope to Keighley.’’
  • give way

    • 1(of a support or structure) be unable to carry a load or withstand a force; collapse or break.

      ‘his aching legs gave way, and he almost fell’
      ‘he crashed into the door and it gave way’
      • ‘The river was wide at this point of crossing, and the ice could easily give way.’
      • ‘I started to feel very weak and wobbly and my legs gave way beneath me and I collapsed.’
      • ‘Often support beams would give way under the pressure of shifting rock.’
      • ‘As he stood there helplessly watching, the foundation post gave way and the house collapsed.’
      • ‘They were old and loose, so they would, hopefully, give way easily.’
      • ‘Her knees shook and then gave way as she collapsed in exhaustion.’
      • ‘I yanked a little harder until the lock gave way.’
      • ‘Suddenly, without warning, when she was nearing her eightieth press-up, her arms gave way and she collapsed.’
      • ‘But once the upper floors began to give way, terrible force was set in motion.’
      • ‘He just barely made it across, huge chunks of the ridge giving way under his feet.’
      • ‘The ceiling collapsed in as the girders gave way and the support beams snapped.’
      • ‘Halfway up the slope Kevin's legs finally gave way and he collapsed.’
      • ‘Before anyone could reach me, my legs gave way and I collapsed onto the floor.’
      collapse, give, fall to pieces, come apart, crumple, crumble, cave in, fall in, disintegrate, go to pieces
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      1. 1.1Yield to someone or something.
        ‘he was not a man to give way to this kind of pressure’
        • ‘In giving way on compulsory student unionism, Beazley is clearing the decks for more important issues, like Industrial Relations.’
        • ‘He wouldn't give way, as hard as Alexandra tried.’
        • ‘The company resisted as far as it could, but was forced to give way under the joint pressure of the workers and the government.’
        • ‘Still, Governor Carey gave way and approved a bailout.’
        • ‘It was at this point that the World Bank gave way, and agreed to an independent review on the project - the first in its history.’
        • ‘His American counterpart Hal Sutton tried all he could to counter what he saw as a piece of cunning propaganda by his opposite number, but the figures spoke for themselves and he had to give way.’
        • ‘A less common insinuation, though still a fascinating one, was that he was behaving hypocritically, since even he knew that he would eventually have to give way.’
        • ‘Henry was defeated and forced to give way; news that John also had joined his enemies hastened the King's death near Tours in 1189.’
        • ‘The politician, who had originally opposed the party making such a decision and supported the use of military force, gave way and voted for the resolution.’
        • ‘A determined battle can make sure that the Labour government is forced to give way.’
        yield, back down, make concessions, surrender, admit defeat, concede defeat, give in, give up, submit, succumb, raise the white flag, show the white flag
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      2. 1.2Allow oneself to be overcome by or to succumb to (an emotion or impulse)
        ‘she gave way to a burst of weeping’
        • ‘And to give way to this impulse (submit to this discipline) is to experience a peculiar pleasure.’
        • ‘Then, on impulse, she kissed him, finally giving way to the feelings she had hidden for so many months.’
        • ‘She tried to contain her agony as best she could but felt herself giving way to a series of small whimpers that overcame her shaking body.’
        succumb, yield, give in, submit, surrender, fall victim
        be replaced by, be succeeded by, be followed by, be superseded by, be supplanted by, be ousted by
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    • 2Be replaced or superseded by.

      ‘Alan's discomfort gave way to anger’
      • ‘This nettles her at first and gradually the anger and irritation give way to a secret longing for him to look at her.’
      • ‘The meadow was now giving way to slender trees and spreading bushes.’
      • ‘His intuition that public life is indeed intellectually diminished gives way to a humble acceptance of the world as it is.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, as old houses and small lanes give way to skyscrapers, ancient trees have been chopped down.’
      • ‘It is distressing to see the impulse for integration give way to calls for segregation.’
      • ‘Eventually the eucalyptus and green fields of the valley bottom give way again to the lush sub-tropical rainforest that grows on the surrounding sandstone escarpments.’
      • ‘The politics of consensus and conciliation gave way to the politics of confrontation and intrigue.’
      • ‘Calm, however, is gradually giving way to more negative emotions.’
      • ‘The darkness surrendered to light, midnight blue giving way to resplendent golds and luminous pinks.’
      • ‘As we waited, annoyed discontent began to give way to barely controllable rage.’
      • ‘They say it is a sign of health when depression gives way to anger.’
    • 3Allow someone or something to be or go first.

      ‘give way to traffic coming from the right’
      • ‘Traffic emerging from Bradford should then give way, which all except left-hand drive vehicles can do readily without having a problem.’
      • ‘Traffic lights were green with a sign indicating that traffic making a left turn should give way.’
      • ‘Something is required on Oak Lane where drivers - you know who you are - coming from North Park Road pull straight out instead of giving way, as they should according to the sign.’
      • ‘Cars waiting to turn right on to Carleton Road from Skipton hold all the outgoing traffic up as cars coming into Skipton won't give way on a green light.’
      • ‘Whereupon I checked my rearview mirror to make sure traffic was giving way, and saw our director hurtling towards me at 60 mph.’
      • ‘There is a certain amount of smug satisfaction to be gained from having greater access than the numerous Mercedes and BMWs which are forced to give way in the leafy lanes.’
      • ‘It is not clear who has priority and who has to give way.’
      • ‘Indeed the new roundabout appeared to be working much better than the one at Circular Road/Killala Road where motorists still stop when they should go and go when they should stop and give way.’
      • ‘I constantly witness individuals exchanging obscenities because neither wishes to pull over and give way.’
      • ‘Police were also filming at intersections where they had received complaints from pedestrians worried about cars not giving way.’
      • ‘A couple of years ago you could always rely on a lorry driver to give way and allow you to pass.’
    • 4(of rowers) row hard.

      • ‘‘Stand by to give way together!’’
      • ‘‘Oars ready!’ the sailor ordered the boys. ‘Give way together!’’
      • ‘The orders we had to learn to execute were: ‘Stand by to give way - give way - together!’ Then all oars had to dip in together and be heaved back.’
  • go all the (or the whole) way

    • 1Continue a course of action to its conclusion.

      ‘he urged European leaders to go all the way towards full European union’
      • ‘At the national convention two years ago, however, the leaders hesitated in going all the way in this direction.’
      • ‘When they do action, they go all the way.’
      • ‘The group didn't really play for six months although Rose and Dave were working on some material but they never went all the way with it.’
      • ‘Especially because they have advised him to go all the way without taking his coalition partners with him.’
      • ‘Where there are those who presently maintain that the President may only serve a few years of his third-year term, and then gracefully retire; there are others of course, who maintain that he will go the whole way.’
      • ‘If the latter course is followed, why not go all the way and form a Triple Alliance.’
      • ‘Many don't know if they want to work at an at-home job, or go all the way and start their own business.’
      • ‘If you're going to be charging everyone else involved, you might as well go all the way.’
      • ‘Others have gone all the way by declaring that they can't support him.’
      • ‘Never play with insurrection, but when beginning it be aware that you must go all the way.’
      1. 1.1informal Have full sexual intercourse with someone.
        ‘remember the night we went all the way?’
        • ‘I was sitting on a couch between two couples who were this close to going all the way.’
        • ‘Plus he doesn't go all the way with a girl on the first date, so he was a pretty safe bet.’
        • ‘What a relief that must have been, not having to tie yourself up for life just because you wanted to go all the way.’
        • ‘Also, getting intimate with a partner only to break it off before going all the way can lead to distress for the partner, since they are feeling ready to have sex and then have to give up.’
        • ‘Her best friend, Jaz, had said she must have led Craig on, then cried ‘rape’ when he went all the way, so Nicole had not told anyone else.’
        • ‘But he reminds me of a tease who acts interested yet won't go all the way.’
        • ‘If you're willing to go all the way, here are a few helpful hints.’
  • go out of one's way

    • usually with infinitiveMake a special effort to do something.

      ‘Mrs Mott went out of her way to be courteous to Sara’
      • ‘It wasn't as if she went out of her way to cause trouble.’
      • ‘Old students will remember him as being one of the most formidable members of staff - you certainly went out of your way to avoid upsetting him.’
      • ‘We are deeply upset that an unruly element went out of their way to cause trouble but they have been dealt with by police.’
      • ‘We reach out to friends who could use support, make an effort to understand what they need and often go out of our way to give them what we sense they need.’
      • ‘She kept all her troubles to herself while going out of her way to help others with their problems.’
      • ‘Particular thanks to the two police in Windhoek who went out of their way to make sure that we got to our destination safely.’
      • ‘The publicity surrounding the organisation ensured that politicians went out of their way to co-operate with the survey and to court the women's vote.’
      • ‘And the witness accounts and medical evidence show they went out of their way to maximise casualties by packing ball bearings and shrapnel into the bombs.’
      • ‘They went out of their way to ensure I had a good time.’
      • ‘He bothered to go out of his way to find out exactly what was happening and who was involved, which is more than anyone else did.’
      • ‘Aware of the difficulties of getting settled in Shanghai without any knowledge of Mandarin, my colleagues often went out of their way to make sure I had no problems.’
      • ‘They deliberately went out of their way to be friendly.’
      bother, take the time, take the trouble, go to the trouble, make the effort, exert oneself, go out of one's way
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  • go one's own way

    • Act independently or as one wishes, especially against contrary advice.

      ‘you try to tell your children what's best, but in the end they go their own way’
      • ‘As a result, the British went their own way and set up the European Free Trade Association in 1959.’
      • ‘Johnson went his own way, not only in novels but also in film and television scripts.’
      • ‘He has gained his international prestige precisely by going his own way at all times.’
      • ‘How did you get, then, the reputation of being the lone person who goes her own way?’
      • ‘I always feel that I let them down; I just went my own way.’
      • ‘But over and over, when this administration has been presented with a reasonable alternative, they have rejected it and gone their own way.’
      • ‘‘If we persist with dogged determination in going our own way, disregarding the signs to the contrary, we will sooner or later have to pay for our foolishness,’ she warns.’
      • ‘After the 1997-98 crisis, Mahathir thumbed his nose at the world and went his own way by imposing currency controls.’
      • ‘The elder brother went on to become a member of the world's most famous pop group, while the younger one changed his name and went his own way.’
      • ‘They've gone their own way, but all still live in the same community and have always been there for each other.’
      • ‘Despite the Church's stand against abortion and birth control many Catholics, especially in wealthy nations, go their own way on moral issues.’
  • go one's way

    • 1(of events, circumstances, etc.) be favourable to one.

      ‘I was just hoping things went my way’
      • ‘His pleasure when events went his way was the uncomplicated pleasure of a child or a boastful teenager.’
      • ‘I know they were slightly peeved that everything had not gone their way but to sneak new staff onto a ship without consulting anyone is a bit much in this day and age.’
      • ‘Even this might have been lost had events not gone their way.’
      • ‘I've no doubt she'll be itching to return the favour if the result goes her way next weekend.’
      • ‘The events seemed to be going our way - we would not have to spend the night in New Orleans.’
      • ‘After nearly seventeen years of events that never seemed to go my way, anything good seemed like it had to be short-term.’
      • ‘Investing on the stock market, like betting on the horses or hoping the turn of the cards will go your way in the casino, is always something of a gamble.’
      • ‘It is all down to a show of hands on the day and we have to hope it goes our way.’
      • ‘Me, I'm just hoping that everything keeps on going my way and that I don't lose any more money than I have already lost.’
      • ‘Kiltimagh now have to beat Tourmakeady in their final game on Friday next and hope that the other results go their way.’
      • ‘I had nothing to lose and everything to gain, and I was fortunate that events went my way with injuries.’
    • 2Leave.

      ‘one by one the staff went their way’
      • ‘So he went his way.’
      • ‘When they had gone their way, I set off up to the old town.’
      • ‘Clyde and Sally went their way, while Jason walked Janice home.’
  • have it your (own) way

    • informal in imperativeUsed to indicate angrily that although one disagrees with something said or proposed, one is not going to argue further.

      ‘have it your way—we'll go to Princetown’
      • ‘Okay, fine, have it your way, but I want that paternity test.’
      • ‘We shouldn't just throw up our hands and exclaim, ‘Fine, have it your way!’’
      • ‘‘Okay fine,’ my Mom said flinging her hands in the air. ‘You guys just have it your way - I'm obviously wasting my breath.’’
      • ‘‘Fine, have it your way,’ Amber said somewhat reluctantly.’
      • ‘‘Fine, have it your way,’ Laura snapped, tears springing to her eyes.’
      • ‘John looked at her and then sighed, ‘Fine Sam, have it your way.’’
      • ‘‘Okay, have it your way,’ I pause, letting her know I'm serious, ‘what do you want?’’
      • ‘‘Fine, have it your way,’ said Vince without any emotion. ‘Wreck the place, turn it inside out.’’
      • ‘I'm not the one he needs protecting from, but have it your way.’
      • ‘He shrugged, ‘Fine, have it your way.’’
      • ‘Very well, have it your way, but don't say we didn't warn you.’
  • have a long way to go

    • Have much progress to make before accomplishing a goal.

      ‘they have a long way to go before they can become a serious threat’
      • ‘He has a long way to go if he wishes to finish ahead of the defending champion.’
      • ‘The market has a long way to go in promoting subscription models.’
      • ‘This team still has a long way to go before it contends for anything.’
      • ‘She has a long way to go before collecting every species because there are 350,000 different kinds of beetle.’
      • ‘This is one company I am totally keen on getting a job at but I know I have a long way to go.’
      • ‘The culture still has a long way to go in accepting unmanned technology.’
  • have a way with

    • Have a particular talent for dealing with or ability in.

      ‘she's got a way with animals’
      • ‘I couldn't help but smile because Scott always did have a way with kids.’
      • ‘She always had a way with a camera and made the light hit him at all the right angles.’
      • ‘Darren always had a way with animals; he knew that.’
      • ‘Musical virtuosity is musical virtuosity, any way you look at it, and those who have a way with an instrument will always find a niche for themselves in the genre of their choice.’
      • ‘She has always had a way with children.’
      • ‘Mayer also has a way with words, and he has the ability to marry them to just the right music.’
      • ‘Bernard was always said to have had a way with women, so it was perfect casting to have put him in the role of Romeo.’
      • ‘Hamilton has a way with words, and her descriptions of attempting to join the cool kids are poignant and funny.’
      • ‘He was very young when he realized he had a way with plants.’
      • ‘‘You do have a way with words,’ she says blandly.’
      • ‘You do have a way with people, don't you, Booth?’
  • have a way with one

    • Have a charming and persuasive manner.

      ‘he had a way with him—I had to admit that’
      • ‘You do have a way with you, don't you?’
      • ‘He was a deeply religious and holy man who was loved by the elderly people most of all, as he had a way with him that won over their deep sense of faith and warmth.’
      • ‘‘I know it's asking a lot,’ asked Bill, ‘but Charlie has a way with him.’’
  • have one's way with

    • humorous Have sexual intercourse with (someone) (typically implying that it is against their better judgement).

      • ‘He is the young and randy knight who has his way with Catherine, the only woman in the castle, played in a suitably restrained way by Laura Richmond.’
      • ‘I realized then that he wasn't planning on letting me go without having his way with me.’
      • ‘After being told to concentrate on teaching and starting a family, and then discovering that Chris is having his way with one of the junior doctors, Charlotte decides to move to Manchester and pose as Chris in order to take on his new job.’
      • ‘Eve gives into her emotions as her mind pictures Mason having his way with her daughter.’
      • ‘Is it really that much more disgusting and appalling than a rich 80-year old man having his way with a nubile young student?’
      • ‘Does that mean I can't have my way with him when we get to the bedroom?’
      • ‘Yes it's my secret passion; I was thinking about driving back there in those woods and having my way with you in the back seat.’
      • ‘She didn't remember much after that, except for crying when she knew that nothing was going to stop Tom from having his way with her.’
      • ‘His band mates indulged in drunken orgies and had their way with many an adoring fan.’
      • ‘She's single and looking for a partner, male or female, to have her way with.’
  • in more ways than one

    • Used to indicate that a statement has more than one meaning.

      ‘Shelley let her hair down in more ways than one’
      • ‘Keeping with the theme of the play, the experience was tragic in more ways than one.’
      • ‘His collection for fashion week was a celebration of denim, a fabric that has made its mark in more ways than one.’
      • ‘Since that day almost 30 years ago their lives have intertwined in more ways than one.’
      • ‘So they'll end up paying for their tantrum in more ways than one.’
      • ‘It has been a painful week for Rangers, in more ways than one.’
      • ‘Spartans have come a long way this season - in more ways than one.’
      • ‘The three-day expo inaugurated on Monday, is different in more ways than one.’
      • ‘He may be gone but he has left his mark in more ways than one.’
      • ‘It now looks like being one of the hottest Tours ever - in more ways than one.’
      • ‘Johnny Randles reminds me that this year was a historic year in more ways than one.’
  • in a way (or in some ways or in one way)

    • To a certain extent (used to reduce the effect of a statement)

      ‘in some ways television is more challenging than theatre’
      • ‘It is merely worth observing that the claims he makes are in some ways pretty modest.’
      • ‘We used to spend all of our free time together and, in some ways, we are more like sisters.’
      • ‘I don't doubt that my husband loved me, but I also know that I was a trophy in some ways.’
      • ‘Modelling was great in some ways but I felt it was a very lonely career as well.’
      • ‘It was nice having them around in a way but they do make quite mess in your garden.’
      • ‘Being an actor is quite passive in some ways; I want to be more active in the near future.’
      • ‘I suppose blogging is like life in some ways; it has its good as well as its bad periods.’
      • ‘It is quite sad in some ways that the finals are over, but I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the future.’
      • ‘As soon as the sun sets I have to get changed into my jeans and put a jumper on, which is quite a relief in some ways.’
      • ‘Her conclusions are similar in some ways but in others are quite distinct.’
      • ‘It's entirely arbitrary in some ways, but grief is not a simple process that you switch on or off.’
      • ‘He wasn't so wrong in some ways, and that's why his description has stayed with me.’
      rather, quite, fairly, moderately, somewhat, a little, slightly, a shade
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  • in the (or one's) way

    • Forming an obstacle or hindrance to movement or action.

      ‘his head was in the way of my view’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We should be welcoming newcomers, not placing barriers in their way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can't just run over anybody who gets in your 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.’
      • ‘So often, powerful forces and powerful interests stand in your way, and the odds seem stacked against you.’
      • ‘But as Sod's law dictates, ‘If you are in a hurry, fate will throw everything in your way to slow you down.’’
      • ‘They were smart enough not to get in Caysee's way.’
  • in the way of

    • Constituting; as a form of.

      ‘the script has nothing special in the way of dialogue or characterization’
  • in someone/thing's (own) way

    • If regarded from a particular standpoint appropriate to that person or thing.

      ‘it's a good enough book in its way’
      • ‘Each show is different in its own way and that's what keeps you going.’
      • ‘We were together though, the three of us and although we would have had more fun with a full house, it was lovely in its own way.’
      • ‘And, in its own way, this pursuit is what makes every day exciting and challenging.’
      • ‘It's a bit less effort then a hill climb perhaps, but challenging in its own way.’
      • ‘Everyone is gifted in their own way.’
      • ‘It's different to the middle of the day - much more mellow, but so striking in its own way.’
      • ‘In her own way she accomplished a lot.’
      • ‘In all seriousness, it was entertaining and fun in its own way.’
      • ‘They’re empire builders, in their own way.’
      • ‘It's macho enough, and he would probably think it was quite avant-garde in its way.’
  • in no way

    • Not at all.

      ‘it is in no way an exceptional house’
      • ‘He said the development would in no way increase traffic in the area.’
      • ‘Be assured that my responses will in no way seek to diminish or ridicule contributors.’
      • ‘As we headed for the beach I realised that we would have to land on top of them, but in no way could we abort the operation.’
      • ‘For my friends, the attraction of afternoon gigs in York is in no way financially motivated.’
      • ‘We have seen, countless times, that banning a book will, in no way, prevent its being read.’
      • ‘This is in no way intended as a slur on the hard-working refuse collectors or recycling operatives in this area.’
      • ‘Due to our strong personal convictions, we wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult.’
      • ‘He was in no way party to what I said and I've never been a member of his group.’
      • ‘The Coroner said he believed Mr Stewart was in no way to blame for the accident.’
      • ‘I would just like to point out that I am in no way in favour of the scenario that I outlined above.’
      by no means, by no manner of means, not at all, in no way, not in the least, not in the slightest, not the least bit, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not, on no account, under no circumstances
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  • keep (or stay) out of someone's way

    • Avoid someone.

      ‘he tried to keep out of her way at school’
      • ‘I spent the rest of the tour staying out of his way.’
      • ‘I suppose I'll have to keep out of their way for the next few days, else I might say something I'll regret.’
      • ‘When the cops are moving in I try to stay out of their way.’
      • ‘William's sister, who was once so close to him, would do everything she could to stay out of his way.’
      • ‘If anyone sees me, they should probably stay out of my way.’
      • ‘He'd been staying out of my way, something I sometimes appreciated and sometimes hated.’
      • ‘Once they have learned that foxes are a source of danger and to be avoided, they should have little difficulty in keeping out of their way.’
      • ‘When he was drunk, I hid from him and stayed out of his way.’
      • ‘We knew they had a better chance if we stayed out of their way.’
      • ‘He wasn't curious enough to ask what she was doing, just as long as she was staying out of his way.’
      • ‘I kept out of his way, because he looked quite mad, and was a bit smelly to boot.’
  • lead the way

    • 1Go first along a route to show someone the way.

      ‘he led the way at a steady trot’
      • ‘Businessman John Innes leads the way along a narrow dirt track, overgrown with chest-high grass and twisting vines, illustrating immediately the attraction to tourists keen to see for themselves the scenes of war.’
      • ‘They led the way to a heavy door at the far end and ushered me in.’
      • ‘Turning back, I let Charles lead the way, laughing along with him and feeling the chilly wind on my damp skin.’
      • ‘She shrugs without much enthusiasm then leads the way along a narrow hallway.’
      • ‘With Simon leading the way, the group of women made their way along the corridor.’
      • ‘Lance, still bursting with enthusiasm, led the way along the perimeter fence.’
      • ‘He would accompany them to the airport in the Embassy van and lead the way through customs.’
      • ‘The two men led the way and Heather tagged along behind them, still trying to look everywhere at once.’
      • ‘Lauren led the way through the house, while Angela and Jake tagged along behind her.’
      • ‘A local guide will lead the way, entertaining them with tales of folklore and mystery associated with the area.’
      guide, conduct, show the way
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      1. 1.1Be a pioneer in a particular activity.
        ‘these companies lead the way in new technological developments’
        • ‘We want to build a Europe that leads the way in the cancellation of debt in the developing world, that is nuclear free, that protects the environment and that welcomes and trades fairly with other regions.’
        • ‘The US is leading the way, both in development of technology and take-up rates of internet commerce.’
        • ‘There are pockets of hopeful activity, both provincial and federal, with farmers leading the way.’
        • ‘The international economic institutions should lead the way.’
        • ‘At present Europe leads the way in developing alternative and sustainable energy and in designing energy-efficient technologies from central heating to hi-fi systems.’
        • ‘Four York primary schools are leading the way in developing methods of teaching foreign languages to young children.’
        • ‘It'd be nice to see Texas leading the way in developing a great train system.’
        • ‘He also said, we'd be leading the way for new development in science for years to come.’
        • ‘They are leading the way and I only hope other institutions will follow suit.’
        • ‘And as is often the case, where popular culture leads the way, the more conservative institutions in a society follow eventually.’
        take the first step, initiate things, break ground, break new ground, blaze a trail, lay the foundation, lay the first stone, set in motion, prepare the way, set the ball rolling, take the initiative, make the first move, make a start
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  • make one's way

    • Travel or proceed in an intended direction or to a certain place.

      ‘I made my way to the hotel’
      • ‘That first night, crowds of Parisians made their way into the gardens.’
      • ‘She also blew kisses to the crowd before making her way back down the stage with the same grace with she arrived.’
      • ‘I made my way outside and past the long line of people.’
      • ‘As he made his way across the country, he usually slept in a shed or barn.’
      • ‘I made my way back into the office.’
      • ‘This man was simply making his way home, minding his own business.’
      • ‘The head girl made her way to the stage to give her valedictory speech.’
  • my way or the highway

    • informal Said to assert the view that there is no alternative (apart from leaving) but to accept the speaker's opinions or policies.

      ‘they know no way but the way of the autocrat—it's my way or the highway’
      • ‘When he first moved into coaching, I did fear for him because, in some ways, he could be old school and rather intolerant - my way or the highway.’
      • ‘It meant my way or the highway, or socialism is dead and capitalism is the only way.’
      • ‘There are a couple of managers out there whose philosophy is: my way or the highway.’
      • ‘One former international summed up his approach to getting his plans through: ‘With Jim, it's always been my way or the highway.’’
      • ‘It's always the ultimatum, my way or the highway.’
      • ‘‘Listen bud,’ she said as she leaned towards him, one arm on the table as she did so, ‘It's my way or the highway.’’
      • ‘The problem is that in the President's my way or the highway style, he hasn't tolerated any debate on the cost-benefit ratios of the strategy of preponderance versus international restraint with a narrower focus on national interests.’
  • one way and another (or one way or another)

    • Taking most aspects or considerations into account.

      ‘it's been quite a day one way and another’
      • ‘It’s been a big year one way and another.’
      • ‘So, one way and another, it wasn't the most auspicious or exciting of seasons, but such are the vagaries of National Hunt racing and while these events test everyone's patience there is still much to potentially look forward to with both horses.’
      • ‘You sound to have had rather an eventful week one way and another.’
  • one way or the other (or one way and another)

    • 1Used to indicate that something is the case for any of various unspecified reasons.

      ‘one way or another she brought it on herself’
      • ‘Hey Congress: it seems 99% of you are breaking the law, one way or the other.’
      • ‘We spend lots of time and money and psychic energy on picking our presidents, with millions of people in one way or the other involved.’
      • ‘This is the second boat we have lost one way or another.’
      1. 1.1By some means.
        ‘he wants to get rid of me one way or another’
        • ‘But one way or another, the American College of Physicians argues in this new paper, we have to cover everybody.’
        • ‘We must therefore, ensure that avenues are created - reservations if necessary - so as to absorb them one way or the other.’
        • ‘‘We should do everything we can to get this resolved and find a way to have him removed from office, one way or the other,’ he said.’
      2. 1.2Whichever of two given alternatives is the case.
        ‘the question is not yet decided, one way or the other’
        • ‘I mean, there's nothing to prove yet one way or the other.’
        • ‘I haven't heard any persuasive evidence one way or the other on this question yet.’
        • ‘But health hazards may be the most significant reason for objections, since, despite what the Government is telling us, the case is not yet proven one way or the other.’
        • ‘He's adamant he still hasn't decided one way or the other.’
        • ‘We are going to continue as long as possible until it's decided one way or the other.’
        • ‘Gerald has yet to comment again one way or the other.’
        • ‘Do your family a big favor and decide one way or the other whether you're going to keep playing.’
        • ‘The national court could alternatively decline to decide the point one way or the other.’
        • ‘Although Anna hasn't decided one way or the other, her three-way relationship with Kathy and Martin seems so comfortable as to be almost inevitable.’
        • ‘Fortunately, we don't have to decide one way or the other.’
  • on the (or one's) way

    • In the course of a journey.

      ‘I'll tell you on the way home’
      • ‘Were they, perhaps, pink flamingos, lost on their way back to the Mediterranean?’
      • ‘It was full of French students and Portugese holidaymakers on their way back from Ipswich of all places.’
      • ‘We packed swiftly and were on our way within half an hour totally oblivious to the incredible journey that still lay ahead.’
      • ‘Therefore the very next evening I was on my way to attend a rehearsal, and of course to meet the cast.’
      • ‘People walk the same streets on their way to work or wherever, and the world gets familiar.’
      • ‘They were obviously on their way into town for the day from somewhere far away.’
      • ‘The cathedral bells were being rung as I walked through the cathedral close on my way to work this morning.’
      • ‘Little children with chubby cheeks pass us on their way to school.’
      • ‘One could not help noticing that more than half the vehicles were passing through the town on their way to the coast.’
      • ‘Many of his followers were already on their way and they didn't have mobile phones.’
  • on the (or its) way

    • 1About to arrive or happen.

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

    • 1In the process of leaving.

      ‘he paused on his way out of the room’
      ‘she picked up her bag on the way out to the car’
      • ‘We pass many beautiful colonial buildings on our way out of the city.’
      • ‘Striding into a bank in North Miami Beach, a man pulled a pistol from his pocket, did the usual stick-up speech, and within 30 seconds was on his way out with a bag of loot.’
      • ‘She finished applying her makeup at top speed and snatched her little white purse on the way out, pausing just long enough to lock the door.’
      • ‘The rest of you, just keep packing these bags, and we can throw them in the cars on our way out.’
      • ‘A minute later I had found my bags and the four of us were on our way out to Jay's car.’
      • ‘Picking up her bag on the way out, she ran outside to catch the bus to school.’
      • ‘If you're still a little peckish on your way out, just by the exit is a café.’
      • ‘I rushed downstairs, grabbing a drink on the way out along with my bag.’
      • ‘I usually have a big duffle bag that I pack with food on my way out.’
      • ‘Adam rolled his eyes, before steering her out of the library, picking up her bag for her on the way out.’
      • ‘He took the chance and ran, picking up his bags on the way out of the door and leaving his keys behind.’
      1. 1.1informal Going out of fashion or favour.
        ‘is the royal family on the way out?’
        ‘Mark knew that he would never be promoted and concluded he must be on his way out’
        • ‘‘It is easy to fetishize things that we imagine are on their way out,’ suggests Cristina Nehring in an essay this past June in the New York Times.’
        • ‘But as the presidential elections proved, the parliamentary elections will also prove that they are defeated, that they are on their way out.’
        • ‘Although they're on their way out, leggings always find a way to somehow come back.’
        • ‘Along with this, many other native games are also on their way out.’
        • ‘Roll-top baths, which until recently everyone clamoured for, are on their way out.’
        • ‘I suspect these parties are on their way out as serious forces, and a curious result of devolution will be the reintegration of Scottish and Welsh politics into the mainstream.’
      2. 1.2informal Dying.
        • ‘Nicholas had a tremendous will to live; he rallied on several occasions when everyone thought he was definitely on his way out.’
        • ‘This is major evidence that we are all on our way out.’
        • ‘She was full of praise for him, saying: ‘I should have died that night and was on my way out.’’
        declining, vanishing, fading, passing, ebbing, waning
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  • the other way round (or around)

    • 1In the opposite position or direction.

      ‘the door to the hall was hung the other way around from her own’
      • ‘Please note that the banner stating Start and Finish needs to be the other way round!’
      1. 1.1The opposite of what is expected or supposed.
        ‘it was you who sought me out, not the other way round’
        • ‘Parents expect to be buried by their children, not the other way around.’
        • ‘The facts should dictate the policy, not the other way round.’
        • ‘I would expect it to be the other way round, can anyone explain?’
        • ‘Surely, the lesson's that no player is bigger than the game, and that it's the fans who dictate the governance of sport, not the other way round.’
        • ‘He feels that the project will actually lead to overcrowding in Bangalore due to an influx of people from other cities and towns and not the other way round.’
        • ‘I used to think the older sister was supposed to watch over the younger one not the other way around.’
        • ‘She couldn't understand why he was so scared; it was she who was supposed to be scared of him, not the other way round.’
        • ‘I assumed it was the latter since I was supposed to be following him, not the other way around.’
        • ‘He's the guy in charge, and people are supposed to listen to him, not the other way around.’
        • ‘Ideally, in knowledge-based industries like banking and financial services, the figures should be the other way round.’
        conversely, inversely, the other way round, contrariwise, oppositely, in reverse, reciprocally
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  • out of the way

    • 1(of a place) remote.

      ‘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.’
      • ‘It's rather out of the way, so give yourself at least an hour once you get here.’
      • ‘Akin to rats deserting a sinking ship, four survivors flee out of the major cities to a secluded, out-of-the-way shopping mall.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Before I begin let me get one thing 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now that the election is out of the way, the recommendations must be published without further delay.’
      • ‘Whatever the reasons, we will have to wait until the European elections are out of the way before any announcements.’
      • ‘Let's get the big question out of the way at the start.’
      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?’
        • ‘The plan could not move ahead until the prince was 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.’
        • ‘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.’
    • 3usually with negativeUnusual, 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.’
      • ‘The doors were locked and nothing out of the way had been heard.’
      • ‘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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  • out of one's way

    • Not on one's intended route.

      ‘I got a lift from a Brummie who took me miles out of his way’
      • ‘‘You don't go 20 miles out of your way to have a cup of coffee,’ he says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Usually she avoided it, traveling miles out of her way to go around it.’
      • ‘Driver reviver stops provide free tea and coffee and give you opportunity to take a break without going too far out of your way.’
      • ‘You don't have to go three miles out of your way just to finish the story.’
      • ‘You go 50 or 60 miles out of your way only to discover it's not worth it.’
      • ‘I ended up walking about a mile out of my way, thanks to following the instructions given.’
      • ‘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?’
  • put someone in the way of

    • dated Give someone the opportunity of.

      ‘if only she knew someone who might put her in the way of finding a more congenial job’
      • ‘He is a businessman, and he may be able to put me in the way of obtaining a position.’
      • ‘I was pondering what might be the best way to replace the irreplaceable, when a friend put me in the way of Steve.’
      • ‘Thereupon, he considered it a duty to cross-question men of all degrees as to their knowledge, to make them conscious of their ignorance, and so put them in the way of becoming wise.’
  • stand in the way of

    • 1Prevent (something) from being achieved.

      ‘the two fall in love and resolve to let nothing stand in the way of their happiness’
      ‘never let the facts stand in the way of a good story’
      • ‘He's determined not to let anything stand in his way.’
      • ‘I decided that no injury or illness was going to stand in my way.’
      • ‘Any new fan who inquires further into the obstacles he met will I hope be shaken to the core by the venomous snobbery that stood in his way.’
      • ‘I remember thinking to myself, if I let this person stand in my way I'll never get to my goals.’
      • ‘She has never let budget constraints stand in her way.’
      • ‘I get a chance to interview them on today if the rain doesn't stand in our way.’
      • ‘Many a difficulty stood in our way, but the worst was the food shortage.’
      • ‘I have learned that all of us have the ability to achieve great success despite the obstacles standing in our way.’
      1. 1.1Prevent (someone) from achieving something.
        ‘he never let anything stand in his way’
  • that way (inclined)

    • dated Used euphemistically to indicate that someone is homosexual.

      ‘he was a bit that way’
  • to one's way of thinking

    • In one's opinion.

      ‘that, to his way of thinking, would only make matters worse’
      • ‘That's much more attractive, to my way of thinking, than living in a soulless outer suburb far from facilities and employment opportunities.’
      • ‘At the age of 42, when most mothers are beginning to dream of putting their feet up, Karen Slater had - to my way of thinking - a somewhat odd way of spending a nice day out.’
      • ‘The focus, to my way of thinking, should remain on the president as the country internalizes the fact that this war was a mistake.’
      • ‘After all, to their way of thinking, there are ‘many more where that came from.’’
      • ‘You know, to my way of thinking, if you have credible information about a specific threat, you don't go giving a news conference.’
      • ‘Through their kindness, the children were technically exposing themselves to disciplinary action, which, to my way of thinking, is a stupid situation.’
      • ‘His escape is the most spectacular and exciting part of the entire film, to my way of thinking, and is really exciting moviemaking.’
      • ‘But there is logic at work here, or at least what passes for logic to my way of thinking.’
      • ‘His title means nothing, and, to his way of thinking, the only thing left that defines him is his service in the army.’
      • ‘And to my way of thinking, if we have to continue or again close down factories and put people out of work because of border delays, that's just another way for the terrorists to win.’
      • ‘Perhaps there is something amiss with my sense of values, but this, to my way of thinking, is barefaced robbery.’
  • way back

    • informal Long ago.

      ‘Dave had a thing with one of her sisters, way back’
      • ‘Way back in the 1950s, gourmet and specialty food accounted for a tiny portion of American food purchases.’
      • ‘We never left each other's sides for more than a day, way back when.’
      • ‘‘We're friends from way back,’ Bolt said.’
      • ‘I can remember him from way back - and they don't come any smarter.’
      • ‘Every now and then, I remember a band I liked way back when and rediscover them.’
      • ‘When we were kids way back when, it was politicians who were making the new world - Kennedy, Nixon and so on.’
      • ‘I am looking for a newspaper article that was published in the local paper in Fort Beaufort way back in 1964, probably around July 1964.’
      • ‘I feel the room swaying, for the band's playing one of our old favorite songs from way back when.’
      • ‘We don't have to kill and eat animals to survive anymore like we did way back when.’
      • ‘But this is one of the few animals in the world that did carry leprosy way back when.’
  • the way of the Cross

    • 1The journey of Jesus to the place of his crucifixion.

      • ‘All the pictures are of what Jesus sees as he walks the way of the Cross.’
      • ‘In the 1500s, villages all over Europe started creating replicas of the way of the Cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem.’
      1. 1.1A set of images representing the Stations of the Cross.
        • ‘The pictures are often called ‘The Way of the Cross’.’
      2. 1.2The suffering and self-sacrifice of a Christian.
        • ‘Henceforth I will follow the way of the Cross traced out for me by my Redeemer, and journey onward to my heavenly home, there to dwell forever and ever.’
        • ‘The main point is stressed repeatedly: to be a disciple of Jesus involves being prepared to go the way of Jesus, and that means the way of humility, rejection, and suffering - the way of the Cross.’
        • ‘The way of the Cross is the road which leads to Paradise; it is the sure way to holiness.’
  • way of life

    • The typical pattern of behaviour of a person or group.

      ‘the rural way of life’
      • ‘He was a gifted conversationalist and had an extraordinary knowledge of Belfast, its history, politics and ways of life.’
      • ‘Cultural tensions between city and rural ways of life have been simmering in Ireland in recent years, as they have in Britain.’
      • ‘Colonization also destroyed environmentally benign ways of life that were integral to African culture.’
      • ‘As usual, it is dressed up in hypocritical language about rural ways of life.’
      • ‘It was also a different lifestyle, and smoking and drinking is a way of life for a lot of players.’
      • ‘He wanted to know about people in all professions, in all ways of life.’
      • ‘They should evoke a deep and abiding sense of empathy with other times, other ways of life, other situations.’
      • ‘Instead of sending these people away from our homeland, it is these people who can help to enrich and educate us by giving us insights into other cultures and different ways of life.’
      • ‘There are many advantages to this way of life, but I'll talk about my job in a minute.’
      • ‘Philosophy will never quell the conflict between competing ways of life, but it can at least point the way towards values on which all rational people might agree.’
      culture, civilization, society, lifestyle
      lifestyle, way of living, manner of living, life, situation, position, state, station, condition, set of circumstances, fate, lot
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  • the way of the world

    • The manner in which people typically behave or things typically happen.

      ‘all those millions of pounds are not going to create many jobs, but that's the way of the world’
      • ‘It is the way of the world in the United States today.’
      • ‘In private, profit-oriented businesses, this is merely the way of the world.’
      • ‘It's always been the way of the world, and always will be.’
      • ‘It is simply the way of the world and we must accept it.’
      • ‘And, naturally, some of us end up as victims of cruel fate - it's the way of the world.’
      • ‘‘Such is the way of the world,’ she said casually.’
      • ‘It is the way of the world that if you have got good female employees that you want to keep, then you have to be flexible.’
      • ‘It's the way of the world so I shall have to live with it.’
      • ‘That has been the way of the world up until this age.’
      • ‘And yet, it is the way of the world and we each have to find a way to live with a modicum of decency and integrity within it.’
      the way of the world, the world, the way things go, the way of it, the human condition, the times we live in, the usual state of affairs, the school of hard knocks
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  • ways and means

    • Methods and resources for achieving something.

      ‘the company is seeking ways and means of safeguarding jobs’
      • ‘There are ways and means to achieve this and over time I have become quite an expert!’
      • ‘However, there are ways and means to beat the heat.’
      • ‘There are ways and means of achieving your goal, several of them legal.’
      • ‘Here you will have an opportunity to discuss and suggest ways and means to avoid road accidents in Goa and other road-related problems.’
      • ‘There are of course ways and means to keep fuel costs down, most of which have been covered over and over before.’
      • ‘In Scotland, a small country with a large number of resourceful writers, there have always been ways and means of getting noticed.’
      • ‘But it should be recognised that there are ways and means of achieving these ends.’
      • ‘There are other ways and means of dealing with issues like this.’
      • ‘I hope to explore ways and means of strengthening the economic, defence and cultural ties between our two countries.’
      • ‘And we had better begin to look at ways and means of reducing carbon emissions.’
      • ‘There may be various causes for back pain, but there are ways and means to deal with it to lead a pain-free life.’
  • way to go!

    • informal Used to express pleasure, approval, or excitement.

      ‘a chorus of ‘Nice hit, sir!’ ‘Way to go, sir!’ rang out’
      • ‘Way to go, Andrew!’
      • ‘Way to go, Steve! We were proud to see you represent Wisconsin so well.’


Old English weg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weg and German Weg, from a base meaning ‘move, carry’.