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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

(as) hot as highway blacktop

Extremely hot in temperature. Geez, it's hot as highway blacktop today—we really need to stay in the shade.
See also: blacktop, highway, hot

highway robbery

A situation in which one is charged an exorbitant price. I need to find another mechanic because this bill is just highway robbery! I can't believe how much he charged for a simple repair.
See also: highway, robbery

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.
See also: highway, robbery

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.
See also: and, highway

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: blacktop, highway, hot
References in periodicals archive ?
15 billion 2016-17 Highways and Infrastructure Budget includes:
The dustup over the Oregon Transportation Commission's decision to rename Belt Line Road in honor of the late Randy Pap raises the issue of how many other highways are named.
As a frequent Highway 11 motorist working as telecommunications company executive, Kidd realizes highway infrastructure improvements pose a daunting funding challenge to cover all of Ontario.
The group divided into three theme-focused teams after identifying the following focus areas that offer the greatest potential to demonstrate Green Highways concepts:
1) Widening of Highway 138 continues in efforts to improve safety in the Twin Bridges area from 146th to 165th streets east.
Highways are important, but if we don't keep our guard up, highway transportation could become dangerous again,"
But Lord says the highway engineers' reluctance is understandable because of the tremendous amount of responsibility they have for the public good.
Early this year, the Orange County Transportation Authority took over the HOT lanes, and the highway department is currently planning improvements that should help mitigate the traffic congestion.
Association of Highway Builders of the North Atlantic States, the American Association of State Highway Officials, the American Concrete Paving Association, the American Road Builders Association, and the American Automobile Association (AAA)--and those are just the groups with "American" in the title.
Back in 1990, legislation formalized New York State's Adopt-A-Highway Program in a drive to clean-up highway roadsides.
5 meters while moving at highway velocity, but they were instructed to increase the distance to 15 meters as soon as they encountered a problem.
If you let us keep our money, and get rid of all the federal bureaucracy and all the federal rules, we'll actually be able to have more highway construction.
DELL: In a way, it's not that the highway itself will add a lot of value, but rather that it will, through easy universal access, let people exploit the communication capability.
Despite the fact that the Information Highway is sponsored by the government and has a deadline for completion (no one knows the date, but apparently it coincides with the next presidential election), it probably will happen incrementally, if at all.