out of the way


out of the way
*out of the way
1. and *out of someone's way; *out of the road Lit. not blocking or impeding the way. (*Typically: get \out of the way; get someone or something \out of the way; movesomeone or something \out of the way.) •

Please get out of my way.

Would you please get your foot out of the way?

2. and *out of one's way Fig. not along the way; not included in the proposed route. (*Typically: be \out of the way.) •

I'm sorry, but I can't give you a ride home. It's out of my way.

That route is out of our way.

3. Fig. completed; finished. (*Typically: be \out of the way; get something \out of the way; have something \out of the way.) •

I'm sure glad to have that test out of the way.

I'll be happy to have all this medical stuff out of the way.

* * *
{adv. phr.} 1. Not where people usually go; difficult to reach. * /When little Tommy comes to visit her, Aunt Sally puts her lamps and vases out of the way./ - Often used with hyphens before a noun. * /Gold was found in an out-of-the-way village in the mountains, and soon a good road and airfield were built./ * /Jack and Fred found an old gun in an out-of-the-way corner of the empty house./ Compare: OFF THE BEATEN TRACK. 2. Not what is usual or proper; strange. * /To leave before the guest of honor would be out of the way./ * /I'm sorry if I said something out of the way./ * /The night watchman looked around the building, but he saw nothing out of the way./ Compare: OUT OF PLACE. 3. or[out of one's way] Not able to stop or bother you. * /Tommy wished the visitors were out of the way so that he could have the candy for himself./ Compare: OUT OF ONE'S HAIR, PUT OUT OF THE WAY.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • out of the way — {adv. phr.} 1. Not where people usually go; difficult to reach. * /When little Tommy comes to visit her, Aunt Sally puts her lamps and vases out of the way./ Often used with hyphens before a noun. * /Gold was found in an out of the way village in …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Out of the way — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Out of the way — Way Way, n. [OE. wey, way, AS. weg; akin to OS., D., OHG., & G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. v[ a]g, Dan. vei, Goth. wigs, L. via, and AS. wegan to move, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah. [root]136. Cf. {Convex}, {Inveigh}, {Vehicle}, {Vex}, {Via}, {Voyage} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Out-of-the-way — a. 1. See under {Out}, adv. [1913 Webster] 2. Not on a main transportation route; inconveniently located. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out of the way — phrasal 1. wrong, improper < didn t know I d said anything out of the way > 2. a. in or to a secluded place b. unusual, remarkable < there s nothing out of the way about the plan > 3. done, completed < got his homework ou …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • out-of-the-way — adjective Date: 1704 1. unusual < out of the way information > 2. being off the beaten track < an out of the way restaurant > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • To put out of the way — Out Out (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G. aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud. [root]198. Cf. {About}, {But}, prep., {Carouse}, {Utter}, a.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • put out of the way — {v. phr.} To kill. * /When people spoke against the dictator, he had them put out of the way./ * /The old dog was very sick, and Father had the animal doctor put him out of the way./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • put out of the way — {v. phr.} To kill. * /When people spoke against the dictator, he had them put out of the way./ * /The old dog was very sick, and Father had the animal doctor put him out of the way./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get out of the way — See: OUT OF THE WAY …   Dictionary of American idioms


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