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Milky Way
Chicago skyway. Library of Congress photo

When I had journeyed half of our life's way
I found myself within a shadowed forest,
for I had lost the path that does not stray.

    Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
    mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
    ché la diritta via era smarrita.

     Dante, Inferno


  • Which way should we go to get back to the hotel?
  • I got some bread on the way back home.
  • I'm on my way.
      • highway, motorway, tollway,
      • skyway, freeway, etc.


  • That's not the way I do it. cf. That's not how I do it.
  • What's the best way to keep bugs from eating your tomatoes?


  • That's no way to speak to your (mother) / (father) / (boss) / (employees)!
  • The way (that) she talks, you would think (that) she was the boss.
  • That's just the way (that) things have always been done.

Degree Modifier

(Here way is a very informal equivalent of much or far...)

  • That's way too much work.
  • That's way too big.

No way!

  • -- No way! C'est pas vrai!
    -- Way. Si, si.

No way! also means pas question!

Derived words

  • away: particule qui décrit un éloignement
  • breakaway: échappée, séparatiste
  • castaway: someone taken by the sea, stranded on an island
  • layaway: achat à livraison différée, achat par anticipation
  • railway: chemin de fer
  • runaway (n. / adj.): fugueu(r)(se), galopant
  • runway: piste
  • underway: en cours
  • the wayback machine is run by the Internet Archive

Expressions / idioms

  • "She tapped Mrs. Delacroix on the arm as a farewell and began to make her way through the crowd." (Shirley Jackson, "The Lottery (1948), New Yorker podcast (2008, republished in 2020))