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one way or another

somehow. Tom: Can we fix this radio, or do I have to buy a new one? Mary: Don't fret! We'll get it repaired one way or another. John: I think we're lost. Alice: Don't worry. We'll get there one way or another.
See also: another, one, way

one way or another

using any method available One way or another, I'm going to finish this job by next week.
Usage notes: usually used when you know something will happen or get done, but you do not know exactly how
See also: another, one, way

one way or another

Also, one way or the other. Somehow, in some fashion, as in One way or another I'm sure we'll meet again, or He wasn't sure how to go about building a wall, but he was sure he would manage in one way or the other . [Mid-1500s]
See also: another, one, way
References in classic literature ?
But as time went on and the Herculean nature of their task became more and more apparent they fell to grumbling, and to quarrelling among themselves, so that to the other dangers were now added dissension and suspicion.
The man is only half himself, the other half is his expression.
And where there is that big, old tower of the ancient wall of Paris," added Amelotte de Montmichel, a pretty fresh and curly-headed brunette, who had a habit of sighing just as the other laughed, without knowing why.
On the other hand, when there have been accidents, increased expenses of operating, or contracts with less profitable terms, I have always succeeded in getting the railroad to lower its rate.
I do not seek to know more," said the gentleman, "for this is enough to convince me, O Head, that thou knowest everything;" and as he retired the other friend came forward and asked it, "Tell me, Head, what are the wishes of my eldest son?
The other two are applicable in very many cases, but cannot be used for purposes of definition because they are liable to exceptions.
These things win me more than Italy's hundred galleries of priceless art treasures, because I can understand the one and am not competent to appreciate the other.
It wants to have a House of Commons which is not weighted with nominees of the landed class, but with representatives of the other interests.
And these reasons, on one side and the other, are such, that not only is it in some measure my interest here to state them, but that of the public, perhaps, to know them.
One of them had to go home to try on a ball-dress; for it was just the dress and the ball which had caused her to be confirmed this time, for otherwise she would not have come; the other was a poor boy, who had borrowed his coat and boots to be confirmed in from the innkeeper's son, and he was to give them back by a certain hour; the third said that he never went to a strange place if his parents were not with him--that he had always been a good boy hitherto, and would still be so now that he was confirmed, and that one ought not to laugh at him for it: the others, however, did make fun of him, after all.
A big old lurcher got up slowly from the door-stone, stretching first one hind leg and then the other, and taking Tom's caresses and the presence of Toby, who kept, however, at a respectful distance, with equal indifference.
A perilous solitude, for it was followed by afternoons and evenings spent, day after day and week after week alone in the society of two women, one of whom possessed all the accomplishments of grace, wit, and high-breeding, the other all the charms of beauty, gentleness, and simple truth, that can purify and subdue the heart of man.
Half the men labored while the other half stood guard, alternating each hour with an hour off at noon.
Almost every one danced but the twins, who could not be induced to separate during the brief period when one or the other should be whirling around the room in the arms of a man.
Perhaps I am," the other said, looking him straight in the face and speaking in a tone which had something of contempt in it.