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under way

adjective, adverb
1.
Also, underway. (of a ship) no longer in port, at anchor, etc.; moving.
2.
no longer at rest, stationary, etc.; in motion; traveling:
We'll put our bags in the car and be under way.
3.
proceeding; in progress:
Plans are under way to sell the company.
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  • He made his way to the dining-room, where supper was under way.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • At eight o'clock we got under way, and followed along the river.

  • The next day the weather moderated a little, and we got under way for Mahon.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • If the Vulcan could only get under way and escape the fight!

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • There are eight thousand of us under way in all directions to catch this monster.

British Dictionary definitions for under way

under way

adjective (postpositive)
1.
in progress; in operation: the show was under way
2.
(nautical) in motion
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under way

1.
In motion, as in The ship got under way at noon. [ c. 1930 ]
2.
Already started, in progress, as in Plans are under way to expand. [ c. 1930 ]
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