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my way or the highway

If you do not do things the way I want or require, then you can just leave or not participate. I'm here to create the best musicians in the world, so in this room, it's my way or the highway!
See also: highway, way

highways and byways

Both major and minor or lesser-traveled roads. (Often used figuratively to describe paths taken in life.) I'm taking the summer to travel across the Midwest, driving through highways and byways to find all sorts of unique places. By highways and byways, he ended up making a life for himself in a small village in India.
See also: and, highway

highway robbery

outrageous overpricing; a bill that is much higher than normally acceptable but must be paid. (As if one had been accosted and robbed on the open road or in broad daylight.) Four thousand dollars! That's highway robbery for one piece of furniture! I won't pay it! It's highway robbery!
See also: highway, robbery

highways and byways

1. major and minor roads. The city council voted to plant new trees along all the highways and byways of the town.
2. Cliché routes and pathways, both major and minor. I hope I meet you again some day on life's highways and byways.
See also: and, highway

highway robbery

The exaction of an exorbitantly high price or fee. For example, You paid ten dollars for that meat? That's highway robbery. This term, used figuratively since the late 1800s, alludes to literal robbery of travelers on or near a public road.
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highway robbery


daylight robbery

You use highway robbery or daylight robbery to describe a situation in which you are charged far too much money for something. They're charging ten bucks for the comics, which sounds like highway robbery to us. You have to pay thousands of dollars for the service. It's daylight robbery!
See also: highway, robbery

ˌhighways and ˈbyways

(on/along) all the roads, large and small, of a country, an area, etc: She travelled the highways and byways of Scotland collecting folk songs and local traditions.
A byway is a small road.
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ˌmy way or the ˈhighway

(American English, informal) used to say that somebody else has either to agree with your opinion or to leave: Right now there is only one rule here. It’s my way or the highway.
See also: highway, way

as hot as highway blacktop

Scorching. A typical summer day in the Deep South.
See also: highway, hot
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Highway numbers mostly are used internally by the Oregon Department of Transportation to distinguish highway segments.
With the Ontario government gradually closing the gap in four-laning the last 47 kilometres of Highway 11, south of North Bay, by 2012, the associated chambers want their concerns kept in the public eye.
Raja Veeramachaneni, director of the Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering at the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), adds that "to achieve successful outcomes, significant collaboration is needed to piece together aspects of a wide variety of laws, regulations, procedures, procurement methods and specification requirements.
In the meantime, portions of the highway have been funded for widening.
The highway system is a maze, complete with traps and pitfalls along the way; a drive all the way out to a port is an adventure.
That is what is happening in much of Europe already, according to a scanning study sponsored by FHWA and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO).
Edward Sullivan, a civil and environmental engineering professor at California Polytechnic State University, headed a study of that system that was commissioned by the California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
GM also stands behind the creation of the National Highway Users Conference, otherwise known as the highway lobby, which became the most powerful pressure group in Washington.
So over a four-week span, all three of these firms adopted a stretch of the same highway.
Dick Bishop, program manager for vehicle highway automation at the Federal Highway Administration in McLean, Va.
Residents may not be getting too much use out of it, however, because they're too busy driving down the $286 million Bud Shuster Highway.
Financial Executive talked about these and other issues with some of the primary drivers on the highway in a roundtable held this spring.
To me, a highway is a road on which I zip along at 100 miles an hour, with no traffic in sight and a clear destination in mind.
4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) celebrated its 100th birthday on Oct.