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 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.