Languages › English as a Second Language Idioms and Expressions With "Way" Share Flipboard Email Print Ezra Bailey / Getty Images English as a Second Language Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated November 14, 2019 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 you understand these common idiomatic expressions with 'way'. Idioms and Expressions Using the Word "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! The only way to go Definition: the best solution I bought a Wilson tennis racket. They're the 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.