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Idioms and Expressions with Way

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The following idioms and expressions with the noun 'way' cover a wide range of topics and meanings.. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help understanding of these common idiomatic expressions with 'way'.

All the way

Definition: the entire distance, do everything necessary

We drove all the way to Phoenix yesterday.
I'm sure they will make it all the way to finals.

(Go) all the way

Definition: travel the entire distance, achieve everything possible

Make sure you go all the way to the end of the hall.
She'll go all the way!

In a bad way

Definition: feeling poorly, in a very negative situation

I'm afraid Mary's in a bad way. She needs our help.
That car looks like it's in a bad way.

In a big way

Definition: very much so

I believe in that company in a big way.
He enjoys tennis in a big way.

In a familiar way

Definition: pregnant

Martha is in a familiar way.
Did you know Peter's wife is in a familiar way.

In a family way

Definition: pregnant

Mary is in a family way.
I hear that Jennifer is in a family way.

It cuts both ways

Definition: there are two sides to every argument, don't forget someone else is also involved

Don't forget that it cuts both ways.
Be nice to people when you beat them. Remember it cuts both ways.

It cuts two ways

Definition: there are two sides to every argument, don't forget someone else is also involved

Some people forget that it cuts two ways and treat others poorly.
Never forget that it cuts two ways.

No way!

Definition: exclamation of disbelief when surprised by a statement

I like Justin Bieber. - No way!
Peter and Jane are going to get married. - No way!

Only way to go

Definition: the best solution

I bought a Wilson tennis racket. They're they only way to go.
If you go to Hawaii, stay in Maui. It's the only way to go.

Out of the way

Definition: be in a position to not prevent progress

You need to stay out of the way of your kids when they are teenagers.
Good bosses stay out of the way of their employees.

Swing both ways

Definition: to be bisexual

Anna swings both ways.
Some of the men at work swing both ways.

That's the way the ball bounces.

Definition: sentence used to accept defeat, or not achieving something one had hoped to achieve

I didn't get the job. That's the way the ball bounces.
Don't get depressed. That's the way the ball bounces.

That's the way the cookie crumbles.

Definition: sentence used to accept defeat, or not achieving something one had hoped to achieve

Our football team last the game. I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles.
He wasn't accepted into the program. That's the way the cookie crumbles.

That way

Definition: in love

Peter and Tom are that way.
Jason's that way, but she doesn't feel the same.

Two-way street

Definition: the same for both people

Love is a two-way street.
Never forget that your business associates are in a relationship with you that is a two-way street.

Way down

Definition: truthfully, the true feeling

Way down he feels he should go back to university.
I know she loves me way down.

Way off (base)

Definition: completely wrong

I think your opinion of Tom is way off base.
I was way off base about Mary. She really is a great person.

Way out

Definition: crazy, unbelievable

That theory about UFOs is way out.
Jack seems a little way out to me.

Way to go!

Definition: exclamation of praise

I won the match. - Way to go!!
Way to go, Tom! I knew you would get the job.

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