make way


1

Allow room for passage, move aside, as in Please make way for the wheelchair. This expression was first recorded about 1200.

2

Also, make way for. Leave room for a successor or substitute, as in It's time he retired and made way for some younger professor. [Mid-1700s]

3

Progress, advance, as in Is this enterprise making way? [Late 1500s] For a synonym, see make headway.

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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
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