way

1
[ wey ]
/ weɪ /

noun

Idioms for way

Origin of way

1
before 900; Middle English wei(gh)e, wai, Old English weg; cognate with Dutch, German Weg, Old Norse vegr, Gothic wigs; akin to Latin vehere to carry

SYNONYMS FOR way

3 scheme, device. See method.
4 detail, part.
7 space, interval.
10 track.
14 usage, practice, wont.

OTHER WORDS FROM way

way·less, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH way

way weigh weight
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British Dictionary definitions for give way

way
/ (weɪ) /

noun

adverb

Word Origin for way

Old English weg; related to Old Frisian wei, Old Norse vegr, Gothic wigs
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Idioms and Phrases with give way (1 of 2)

give way

1

Retreat or withdraw, as in The army gave way before the enemy. [Early 1500s]

2

Yield the right of way; also, relinquish ascendancy, as in The cars must give way to the parade, or The children were called inside as day gave way slowly to night. [Early 1700s]

3

Collapse, fail, break down, as in The ladder gave way, or His health gave way under the strain. [Mid-1600s]

4

Also, give way to. Yield to urging or demand, as in At the last minute he gave way and avoided a filibuster, or The owners gave way to their demands for a pay increase. [Mid-1700s]

5

Also, give way to. Abandon oneself, lose self-control, as in She gave way to hysteria, or Don't give way to despair. [First half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with give way (2 of 2)

way

In addition to the idioms beginning with way

  • way the wind blows, which
  • way to go

also see:

  • all the way
  • by the way
  • by way of
  • can't punch one's way out of a paper bag
  • come a long way
  • come one's way
  • cut both ways
  • downhill all the way
  • every which way
  • feel one's way
  • find one's way
  • from way back
  • get one's way
  • give way
  • go all the way
  • go a long way toward
  • go one's way
  • go out of one's way
  • go the way of all flesh
  • hard way
  • have a way with
  • have it both ways
  • have one's way with
  • in a bad way
  • in a big way
  • in a way
  • in one's way
  • in the family way
  • in the way
  • in the worst way
  • know all the answers (one's way around)
  • laugh all the way to the bank
  • lead the way
  • look the other way
  • make one's way
  • make way
  • mend one's ways
  • more than one way to skin a cat
  • not built that way
  • no two ways about it
  • no way
  • one way or another
  • on one's way
  • on the way
  • on the way out
  • other way round
  • out of the way
  • parting of the ways
  • pave the way
  • pay one's way
  • pick one's way
  • put in the way of
  • right of way
  • rub the wrong way
  • see one's way to
  • set in one's ways
  • show the way
  • take the wrong way
  • that's how (the way) the ball bounces
  • under way
  • wend one's way
  • work one's way
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