- an old Roman or pre-Roman road: Icknield Way.
- a minor street in a town: He lives in Stepney Way.
- ways, two or more ground ways down which a hull slides in being launched.
- movement or passage through the water.
- by the route of; through; via.
- as a method or means of: to number articles by way of distinguishing them.
- British. in the state or position of (being, doing, etc.); ostensibly: He is by way of being an authority on the subject.
- to withdraw or retreat: The army gave way before the advance of the enemy.
- to collapse; yield; break down: You will surely give way under the strain of overwork.
- to yield to: He gave way to their entreaties.
- to become unrestrained or uninhibited; lose control of (one's temper, emotions, etc.): I gave way to my rage and ordered them from the house.
- to do completely or wholeheartedly.
- to take a decisive action, especially one from which no retreat is possible: Neither side wants to go all the way with nuclear warfare.
- to engage in sexual intercourse.
- to go along a course in advance of others, as a guide.
- to take the initiative; be first or most prominent: In fashion she has always led the way.
- to go forward; proceed: to make one's way through the mud.
- to achieve recognition or success; advance: to make one's way in the world.
- to allow to pass; clear the way: Make way for the king!
- to relinquish to another; withdraw: He resigned to make way for a younger man.
- Nautical. to make forward or astern progress even though engines are not running.
- in a state or condition so as not to obstruct or hinder.
- dealt with; disposed of: I feel better, now that one problem is out of the way.
- murdered: to have a person put out of the way.
- out of the frequented way; at a distance from the usual route.
- improper; amiss: There was something decidedly out of the way about her explanation.
- extraordinary; unusual: Such behavior was out of the way for him.
Origin of way1
Related formsway·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for go all the way
- a means or line of passage, such as a path or track
- (in combination)waterway
- a street in or leading out of a town
- (capital when part of a street name)Icknield Way
- serving asby way of introduction
- in the state or condition ofby way of being an artist
- to collapse or break down
- to withdraw or yield
- to step aside for or stop for
- to give full rein to (emotions, etc)
- to go first
- to set an example or precedent
- to proceed or advance
- to achieve success in life
- becoming unfashionable, obsolete, etc
- removed or dealt with so as to be no longer a hindrance
- unusual and sometimes improper
- at a considerable distance or extentway over yonder
- very farthey're way up the mountain
Word Origin for way
Idioms and Phrases with go all the way (1 of 2)
go all the way
Continue on a course to the end, as in The town agreed to put in a sewer but would not go all the way with widening the street. [First half of 1900s] Also see go the distance.
Engage in sexual intercourse, as in Her mother told her some boys will always try to make her go all the way. [Slang; second half of 1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with go all the way (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with way
- way the wind blows, which
- way to go
- 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