One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the government finally gave way and passed the bill’
yield, back down, make concessions, surrender, admit defeat, concede defeat, give in, give up, submit, succumb, raise the white flag, show the white flag
acquiesce, agree, concur, approve, assent
informal throw in the sponge, throw in the towel, cave in
2‘he crashed into the door and it gave way’
collapse, give, fall to pieces, come apart, crumple, crumble, cave in, fall in, disintegrate, go to pieces
3‘she never gave way to anger’
succumb, yield, give in, submit, surrender, fall victim
be overcome by, be overwhelmed by, be conquered by
4‘grief gave way to a feeling of guilt’
be replaced by, be succeeded by, be followed by, be superseded by, be supplanted by, be ousted by
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