in one's way
in (one's) way
1. In the manner that one finds most natural, suitable, or desirable. Often written as "in (one's) own way." It might be a little unorthodox, but she always gets things done in her own way. He gets anxious if you don't let him solve the problem in his way.
2. Impeding one's progress or movement. He has ambitions of running the company, but the CEO's son is currently in his way. We can't get out of the driveway with that truck in our way.
in (someone or something's) way
Obstructing someone or interfering in something. If you leave your science project in my way, I can't guarantee I won't step on it! She's so determined that I just know nothing will get in her way, and she'll finish her thesis.
in one's way
1. Also, in one's own way. According to one's personal manner. For example, She's brusque but kind in her own way, or Both of them are generous in their way. This phrase is often used to limit an expression of praise, as in the examples. [c. 1700]
2. Also, put in one's way; put in the way of. Before one, within reach or experience, as in That venture put an unexpected sum of money in my way, or He promised to put her in the way of new business. [Late 1500s]
3. in someone's way Also, in the way. In a position to obstruct, hinder, or interfere with someone or something. For example, That truck is in our way, or You're standing in the way; please move to one side. [c. 1500]