in the/someone's/something's way

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in the/someone's/something's way

:making it more difficult for a person to do something :preventing something from happening
  • I left because I felt that I was just in their way.
  • We have important issues to deal with, but these petty arguments keep getting in the way.
  • We won't let anything stand in the way of progress!

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

way play
  1. : a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place

  2. : an opening for passage

  3. : the course traveled from one place to another : route

  1. : of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route

  1. : by a long distance : to a considerable degree or extent : far

  2. : by far : much

  3. : very


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