Definition of way in English:

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Pronunciation: /weɪ
 
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noun

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
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  • People are going to find a way to enjoy themselves, even if it means breaking the law.
  • When we get there we'll find a way to survey the property and figure out a plan of action.
  • We had to find a way to help and it was fantastic to be able to do so.
Synonyms
1.1 (one's way) One’s characteristic or habitual manner of behaviour or expression: it was not his way to wait passively for things to happen
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  • God's ways are not our ways, and God's methods are not always our methods.
  • They challenge human standards, because God's ways are not our ways.
  • I hope it results in them changing their ways and showing greater respect to other cultures.
Synonyms
manner, style, fashion, mode, methodpractice, wont, habit, custom, characteristic, policy, procedure, convention, fashion, use, routine, rule; trait, attribute, mannerism, peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, oddity; conduct, behaviour, manner, style, nature, personality, temperament, disposition, character; Latinmodus operandi, modus vivendi
formal praxis
1.2 (ways) The customary behaviour or practices of a group: my years of acclimatization to British ways
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  • They remained determined to practise the ways of their ancestors.
  • Morgana was happy to see that some people still respected the old ways and the reign that was so rightly hers.
  • With a large British community living in Cyprus the hospitable islanders are well used to British ways.
1.3The typical manner in which something happens or in which someone or something behaves: he was showing off, as is the way with adolescent boys
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  • 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.
1.4A particular aspect of something; a respect: I have changed in every way
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  • It was also a serious step because we know both Bob and Kate to some degree and respect them in many ways.
  • Although the book is excellent in many ways, some aspects of it are troubling.
  • On the one hand, those are things we still respect in many ways.
Synonyms
aspect, regard, facet, respect; sense, feature, detail, point, particular, characteristic, question, connection
1.5 [with adjective] A specified condition or state: the family was in a poor way
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  • So clearly if he's alive, he's in a bad way.
  • The vessel is in a poor way and its listing is getting worse.
Synonyms
state, condition, situation, circumstances, position; predicament, plight
informal shape
2A road, track, or path for travelling along: [in place names]: No. 3, Church Way
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  • The West Highland Way is second only to the Pennine Way in the hall of fame of British long-distance footpaths.
  • 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.
  • 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.
2.1A course of travel or route taken in order to reach a place: can you tell me the way to Leicester Square?
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  • A Scottish cycle route sign pointed the way and we decided to take some pictures.
  • The red dots of paint with which Cretan walkers have marked the way are not always easy to spot.
  • Police sealed off main roads along the way to allow the protesters to march through.
Synonyms
road, roadway, street, thoroughfare, track, path, pathway, lane, avenue, drive, channel; route, course, direction
2.2A specified direction of travel or movement: we just missed another car coming the other way
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  • 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?
Synonyms
2.3A means of entry or exit from somewhere, such as a door or gate: I nipped out the back way
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  • ‘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!’
  • 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.
  • There is a second way in at the back.
Synonyms
2.4 (also North American informal ways) 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
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  • It was a ways off in the distance and it was hard to get an estimate as to how far away it was.
  • A short while later they where standing on a hill with the city a short ways behind them.
  • I walked a little ways back up the drive and paced back and forth under the chestnut tree.
Synonyms
distance, length, stretch, journey, extent; space, interval, span, gap, separation
2.5A period between one point in time and another: September was a long way off
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  • 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.
  • Spring is a long way off.
  • It seemed such a long way off, and now, suddenly, the wedding is imminent.
Synonyms
period of time, time, stretch, term, span, duration
2.6Travel 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!
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  • Travelling at the same speed as lorries, we lost count of the number trying to bully us out of their 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.
  • That is why I was standing in the way at the door.
2.7 (one'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
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  • Bradford is clawing its way up the recycling ladder.
  • I wend my way through the crowd before the artist interview begins.
  • Adam wormed his way through the crowd to his hut.
2.8 [with modifier or possessive] informal A particular area or locality: the family’s main estate over Maidenhead way
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  • Hey, you know Sellersville isn't all that far from Philly, for anyone who's down that way, and I will be there too.
  • I really value the comments from the people who live up that way.
  • He’s over Bristol way to see about some wrought iron.
Synonyms
locality, neighbourhood, area, district, locale, quarter, community, region, zone, part
British informal manor
North American informal hood, nabe
3 (ways) Parts into which something divides or is divided: the national vote split three ways
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  • 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.
4 formal or Scottish A person’s occupation or line of business.
5 [mass noun] Forward motion or momentum of a ship or boat through water: the dinghy lost way and drifted towards the shore
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  • 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.
6 (ways) A sloping structure down which a new ship is launched.
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  • It was a favorite vantage point from which many of them had watched many other Bath Iron Works ships slide down the ways.
  • So the bottle would have had to be broken on her bow to send her down the ways on that day.

adverb

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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
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  • The ball is rolled to Baxter who has a pop from a distance and shoots way over the bar.
  • This has changed, and the grey bar now heads way off to the right of the screen.
  • She can also smoke, drink and indulge way beyond the limits of human endurance.
1.1 [as submodifier] chiefly North American Much: I was cycling way too fast
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  • 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.
  • You should just become a rocker; it would be easier to explain and looks way cooler.
1.2 [usually as submodifier] US Extremely; really (used for emphasis): the guys behind the bar were way cool
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  • 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!
  • ‘Dad, you never told me we had any way cool relatives!’

Origin

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

Phrases

across (British also over) the way

Nearby, especially on the opposite side of the street: he watched the lighted windows of a flat across the way the family from over the way were joining in the argument
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  • Soon, hopefully, there will be a computer, blocking my view of the perfect family across the way.
  • There's a nice view of the street and the park across the way.
  • Next they went to the fire hydrant across the way on the other street and finally they got water.

be on one's way

Have started one’s journey: she telephoned her office to say she was on her way
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  • We climbed into my old, beat-up car and were on our way.
  • Then the carriage started moving and we were on our way.
  • A month later, Elle and I were on our way to Germany along with other freshmen and juniors and seniors.
(in imperative (be) on your way) informal Go away: on your way, and stop wasting my time!
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  • They were very aggressive me and told me to be on my way.
  • We decided to sleep in the car, but a ranger came around with a flashlight and told us to be on our way.

by a long way

By a great amount; by far: we were the best team by a long way
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  • 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.
  • We're already the cheapest by a long way, so I don't see prices coming down to compete with another high fares airline.

by the way

Incidentally (used to introduce a new, less important topic): oh, by the way, while you were away I had a message
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  • The physical design and layout of the book, by the way, are as good as they possibly could be, given its great length.
  • Check out his blog by the way - it was always good and keeps getting better.
  • The report she quotes, by the way, is available through this site, but only if you're prepared to pay for it.
Synonyms

by way of

1So as to pass through or across; via: he travelled by way of Canterbury
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  • This was also the period in which Buddhism spread throughout China, arriving by way of India.
  • The heart then pumps the oxygen-rich blood through the body by way of arteries.
  • Drive on to reach a viaduct, cross this and turn immediately right by way of a metal gate into Cairnsmore Estate.
2Constituting; as a form of: ‘I can’t help it,’ shouted Tom by way of apology
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  • He claimed he'd only sent some of the items by way of an apology.
  • She stood her ground. A year later, her boss bought her a £7,000 piano by way of apology.
  • What would be necessary by way of reparation, apology, atonement for that to be acceptable?
3By means of: non-compliance with the rules is punishable by way of a fine
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  • She gave birth to a healthy baby boy three years ago by way of in vitro fertilization.
  • Unfortunately, this has been passed on to farmers by way of lower prices paid to farmers.
  • Several car manufacturers are expected to pass on the excise reliefs to the consumers by way of reduced prices.

come one's way

Happen or become available to one: he did whatever jobs came his way
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  • Only once you're in and established does it get easier as jobs start coming your way.
  • We accept any job that comes our way not realising how efficient we are at it.
  • I think it is important to grab whatever work is coming my way.

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
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  • 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.
  • As it turns out, Adams did get his way in the end.
  • 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.

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
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  • 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.
  • The ceiling collapsed in as the girders gave way and the support beams snapped.
Synonyms
collapse, give, fall to pieces, come apart, crumple, crumble, cave in, fall in, disintegrate, go to pieces
1.1Yield to someone or something: he was not a man to give way to this kind of pressure
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  • 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.
  • In giving way on compulsory student unionism, Beazley is clearing the decks for more important issues, like Industrial Relations.
Synonyms
yield, back down, make concessions, surrender, concede/admit defeat, give up/in, submit, succumb, raise/show the white flag; acquiesce, agree, concur, approve, assent
1.2 (give way to) Allow oneself to be overcome by or to succumb to (an emotion or impulse): she gave way to a burst of weeping
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  • And to give way to this impulse (submit to this discipline) is to experience a peculiar pleasure.
  • 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.
  • Then, on impulse, she kissed him, finally giving way to the feelings she had hidden for so many months.
Synonyms
succumb, yield, give in, submit, surrender, fall victim; be overcome by, be overwhelmed by, be conquered bybe replaced by, be succeeded by, be followed by, be superseded by, be supplanted by, be ousted by
2 (give way to) Be replaced or superseded by: Alan’s discomfort gave way to anger
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  • Unfortunately, as old houses and small lanes give way to skyscrapers, ancient trees have been chopped down.
  • The meadow was now giving way to slender trees and spreading bushes.
  • This nettles her at first and gradually the anger and irritation give way to a secret longing for him to look at her.
3British Allow someone or something to be or go first: give way to traffic coming from the right
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  • A couple of years ago you could always rely on a lorry driver to give way and allow you to pass.
  • Whereupon I checked my rearview mirror to make sure traffic was giving way, and saw our director hurtling towards me at 60 mph.
  • Traffic emerging from Bradford should then give way, which all except left-hand drive vehicles can do readily without having a problem.
4(Of rowers) row hard.
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  • 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.
  • ‘Stand by to give way together!’
  • ‘Oars ready!’ the sailor ordered the boys. ‘Give way together!’

go all the (or the whole) way

Continue a course of action to its conclusion: he urged European leaders to go all the way towards full European union
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  • At the national convention two years ago, however, the leaders hesitated in going all the way in this direction.
  • 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.
informal Have full sexual intercourse with someone: when I was at high school, nice girls didn’t go all the way
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  • But he reminds me of a tease who acts interested yet won't 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.
  • If you're willing to go all the way, here are a few helpful hints.

go out of one's way

[usually with infinitive] Make a special effort to do something: Mrs Mott went out of her way to be courteous to Sara
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  • We are deeply upset that an unruly element went out of their way to cause trouble but they have been dealt with by police.
  • She kept all her troubles to herself while going out of her way to help others with their problems.
  • It wasn't as if she went out of her way to cause trouble.

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
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  • ‘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.
  • As a result, the British went their own way and set up the European Free Trade Association in 1959.
  • I always feel that I let them down; I just went my own way.

go one's way

1(Of events, circumstances, etc.) be favourable to one: I was just hoping things went my way
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  • I had nothing to lose and everything to gain, and I was fortunate that events went my way with injuries.
  • Even this might have been lost had events not gone their way.
  • His pleasure when events went his way was the uncomplicated pleasure of a child or a boastful teenager.
2Leave: one by one the staff went their way
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  • Clyde and Sally went their way, while Jason walked Janice home.
  • When they had gone their way, I set off up to the old town.
  • So he went his way.

have it your (own) way

[in imperative] informal Used 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
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  • We shouldn't just throw up our hands and exclaim, ‘Fine, have it your way!’
  • He shrugged, ‘Fine, have it your way.’
  • Okay, fine, have it your way, but I want that paternity test.

have a way with

Have a particular talent for dealing with or ability in: she’s got a way with animals
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  • Mayer also has a way with words, and he has the ability to marry them to just the right music.
  • 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.

have a way with one

Have a charming and persuasive manner: he had a way with him—I had to admit that
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  • You do have a way with you, don't you?
  • ‘I know it's asking a lot,’ asked Bill, ‘but Charlie has a way with him.’
  • 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.

have one's way with

humorous Have sexual intercourse with (someone) (typically implying that it is against their better judgement).
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  • She's single and looking for a partner, male or female, to have her way with.
  • 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.
  • His band mates indulged in drunken orgies and had their way with many an adoring fan.

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
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  • Spartans have come a long way this season - in more ways than one.
  • It has been a painful week for Rangers, in more ways than one.
  • The three-day expo inaugurated on Monday, is different 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
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  • It is merely worth observing that the claims he makes are in some ways pretty modest.
  • 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.

in the (or one's) way

Forming an obstacle or hindrance to movement or action: his head was in the way of my view
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  • 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.
  • 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?’

in the way of

another way of saying by way of sense 2 above.

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
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  • It's macho enough, and he would probably think it was quite avant-garde in its way.
  • In all seriousness, it was entertaining and fun in its own way.
  • And, in its own way, this pursuit is what makes every day exciting and challenging.

in no way

Not at all: it is in no way an exceptional house
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  • 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.
  • The Coroner said he believed Mr Stewart was in no way to blame for the accident.
  • We have seen, countless times, that banning a book will, in no way, prevent its being read.

keep (or stay) out of someone's way

Avoid someone: he tried to keep out of her way at school
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  • 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.
  • I spent the rest of the tour staying out of his way.
  • When he was drunk, I hid from him and stayed out of his way.

know one's way around (or about)

see know. I fear I don’t know my way around the territory well enough to go hunting
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  • The desert country all looked the same to him, rolling hills covered with scrub pine and brush and rocks, but Hirshall seemed to know his way about.
  • Mr Jackson said: ‘I knew my way about the system and set the wheels in motion.’
  • ‘You seem to know your way about these woods Nakita,’ Rodom said.

lead the way

Go first along a route to show someone the way: he led the way at a steady trot
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  • Lance, still bursting with enthusiasm, led the way along the perimeter fence.
  • 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.
  • She shrugs without much enthusiasm then leads the way along a narrow hallway.
Synonyms
Be a pioneer in a particular activity: these companies lead the way in new technological developments
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  • 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.
  • The US is leading the way, both in development of technology and take-up rates of internet commerce.
Synonyms
take the first step, initiate things, 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; develop, introduce, start, begin, launch, instigate, institute, originate

my way or the highway

North American 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
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  • 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.’
  • One former international summed up his approach to getting his plans through: ‘With Jim, it's always been my way or the highway.’

one way and another (or one way or another)

1Taking most aspects or considerations into account: it’s been quite a day one way and another
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  • You sound to have had rather an eventful week 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.
  • It’s been a big year one way and another.
2 another way of saying one way or the other below.
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  • We had a very jolly time, and I suspect quite a lot of education took place one way and another.

one way or the other (or one way and another)

Used to indicate that something is the case for any of various unspecified reasons: one way or another she brought it on herself
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  • 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.
  • Hey Congress: it seems 99% of you are breaking the law, one way or the other.
  • This is the second boat we have lost one way or another.
By some means: he wants to get rid of me one way or another
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  • 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.
  • But one way or another, the American College of Physicians argues in this new paper, we have to cover everybody.
Whichever of two given alternatives is the case: the question is not yet decided, one way or the other
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  • We are going to continue as long as possible until it's decided one way or the other.
  • I mean, there's nothing to prove yet one way or the other.
  • 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.

on the (or one's) way

In the course of a journey: I’ll tell you on the way home
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  • The cathedral bells were being rung as I walked through the cathedral close on my way to work this morning.
  • Therefore the very next evening I was on my way to attend a rehearsal, and of course to meet the cast.
  • We packed swiftly and were on our way within half an hour totally oblivious to the incredible journey that still lay ahead.

on the (or its) way

About to arrive or happen: there’s more snow on the way
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  • She said a package that included a birthday cake and candles for her daughter was on its way and should arrive soon.
  • A hard frost is forecast tonight, while more snow and sleet is on the way tomorrow and Friday.
  • The council later said it had not been warned snow was on the way, but this winter it is taking no such chances.
Synonyms
informal (Of a child) conceived but not yet born: soon there was another baby on the way
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  • 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.
  • With one daughter already and another baby on the way, she is desperate for a bigger place in which to raise their family.

on the (or one's) way out

In 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
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  • 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.
  • I usually have a big duffle bag that I pack with food on my way out.
informal 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
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  • ‘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.
  • Along with this, many other native games are also on their way out.
informal Dying.
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  • 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.’
  • Nicholas had a tremendous will to live; he rallied on several occasions when everyone thought he was definitely on his way out.

the other way round (or around; British also about)

In the opposite position or direction: the door to the hall was hung the other way around from her own
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  • Please note that the banner stating Start and Finish needs to be the other way round!
The opposite of what is expected or supposed: it was you who sought me out, not the other way round
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  • I would expect it to be the other way round, can anyone explain?
  • Parents expect to be buried by their children, not the other way around.
  • I assumed it was the latter since I was supposed to be following him, not the other way around.

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
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  • 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.
  • 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.
Synonyms
2Dealt with or finished: economic recovery will begin once the election is out of the way
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  • 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.
2.1(Of a person) no longer an obstacle or hindrance to someone’s plans: why did Josie want her out of the way?
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  • 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?
3 [usually with negative] Unusual, exceptional, or remarkable: he’d seen nothing out of the way
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  • 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.
  • But, as expected, nothing out of the way came to light.
Synonyms
strange, unusual, peculiar, odd, funny, curious, bizarre, weird, uncanny, queer, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, off-centre; atypical, anomalous, untypical, different, out of the ordinary, foreign, exceptional, rare, extraordinary, remarkable, puzzling, mystifying, mysterious, perplexing, baffling, unaccountable, incongruous, uncommon, irregular, singular, deviant, aberrant, freak, freakish; suspicious, dubious, questionable; eerie, unnatural; Scottishunco; Frenchoutré
informal fishy, creepy, spooky
British informal rum
North American informal bizarro

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
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  • You go 50 or 60 miles out of your way only to discover it's not worth it.
  • The first few weeks after I bought it I was terrified, going miles out of my way in search of parking or turning places.
  • I ended up walking about a mile out of my way, thanks to following the instructions given.

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
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  • 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.
  • He is a businessman, and he may be able to put me in the way of obtaining a position.

that way

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
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  • After all, to their way of thinking, there are ‘many more where that came from.’
  • His escape is the most spectacular and exciting part of the entire film, to my way of thinking, and is really exciting moviemaking.
  • 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.

way back

(US also way back when)
informal Long ago: Dave had a thing with one of her sisters, way back
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  • We never left each other's sides for more than a day, way back when.
  • When we were kids way back when, it was politicians who were making the new world - Kennedy, Nixon and so on.
  • Every now and then, I remember a band I liked way back when and rediscover them.

the way of the Cross

The journey of Jesus to the place of his crucifixion.
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  • 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.
  • All the pictures are of what Jesus sees as he walks the way of the Cross.
A set of images representing the Stations of the Cross.
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  • The pictures are often called ‘The Way of the Cross’.
The suffering and self-sacrifice of a Christian.
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  • 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.
  • 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 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
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  • As usual, it is dressed up in hypocritical language about rural ways of life.
  • Colonization also destroyed environmentally benign ways of life that were integral to African culture.
  • They should evoke a deep and abiding sense of empathy with other times, other ways of life, other situations.
Synonyms
culture, civilization, society, lifestyle; customs, traditions, heritage, habits, ways, mores, valueslifestyle, way of living, manner of living, life, situation, position, state, station, condition, set of circumstances, fate, lot

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
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  • And, naturally, some of us end up as victims of cruel fate - it's the way of the world.
  • It is simply the way of the world and we must accept it.
  • It is the way of the world in the United States today.

ways and means

Methods and resources for achieving something: the company is seeking ways and means of safeguarding jobs
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  • There are ways and means of achieving your goal, several of them legal.
  • There are ways and means to achieve this and over time I have become quite an expert!
  • But it should be recognised that there are ways and means of achieving these ends.

way to go!

North American informal Used to express pleasure, approval, or excitement: a chorus of ‘Nice hit, sir!’ ‘Way to go, sir!’ rang out
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  • Way to go, Andrew!
  • Way to go, Steve! We were proud to see you represent Wisconsin so well.

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