under way

adjective, adverb

Also underway. (of a ship) no longer in port, at anchor, etc.; moving.
no longer at rest, stationary, etc.; in motion; traveling: We'll put our bags in the car and be under way.
proceeding; in progress: Plans are under way to sell the company.
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Examples from the Web for under way

  • At length, with a joint-dislocating jerk, we again got under-way, only to come to a dead stop a hundred yards further on.

    The Fortunate Isles|Mary Stuart Boyd

British Dictionary definitions for under way

under way

adjective (postpositive)

in progress; in operationthe show was under way
nautical in motion
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Idioms and Phrases with under way

under way


In motion, as in The ship got under way at noon. [c. 1930]


Already started, in progress, as in Plans are under way to expand. [c. 1930]

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