[ out-uhv-thuh-wey ]
/ ˈaʊt əv ðəˌweɪ /
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remote from much-traveled, frequented, or populous regions; secluded: an out-of-the-way inn up in the hills.
seldom encountered; unusual: out-of-the-way information.
giving offense; improper: an out-of-the-way remark.
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Origin of out-of-the-way

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
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How to use out-of-the-way in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for out-of-the-way


adjective (prenominal)
distant from more populous areas
uncommon or unusual
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Other Idioms and Phrases with out-of-the-way

out of the way


Not obstructing, hindering, or interfering, as in This chair is out of the way now, so you won't trip. This phrase also appears in get out of the (or one's) way, as in Would you please get your coat out of the way? or Get your car out of my way. [Mid-1500s]


Taken care of, disposed of, as in I'm glad we got these details out of the way.


In a remote location, as in This restaurant is a little out of the way. [Mid-1300s]


Unusual, remarkable, as in It was out of the way for him to praise his staff. [Second half of 1500s]


Amiss, in error, improper, as in The security guard checked all the locks and saw nothing out of the way. [Early 1200s] Also see go out of one's way.

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