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come to a parting of the ways
To separate. To leave someone or something behind, often at a dramatic moment. It looks like we have come to a parting of the ways, old friend. I hope your endeavor in the city works out, and I will keep you in my prayers on the farm.
A final, usually critical remark made specifically to have an impact on the listener(s). He couldn't resist getting a parting shot in at the hiring manager as he stormed out of her office.
parting of the ways
A point at which people or entities separate, depart from, or stop associating with one another. The disagreement has led to a parting of the ways between the two global superpowers. I told her I wasn't willing to have children, so we came to a parting of the ways.
part with (someone or something)
1. To relinquish, let go of, or give up someone or something. My dad does everything in his power not to part with his money, so we don't expect to get anything we don't absolutely need. I hate to part with this dress, but if you really want it, you can have it.
2. To separate or depart from someone or something; to stop associating with someone or something. I was so surprised to learn that he was parting with the agency—he'd been with them for nearly ten years! John parted with Bill after it came to light that Bill didn't want to ever have kids.
1. To leave or depart from someone or something. It is always terrible having to part from the children when I travel for work. The billionaire announced that he had parted from the company he helped to establish.
2. To separate someone from someone else; to take a person away from someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "part" and "from." The earthquake has parted many from their families as transportation services continue to be out of service. The job parted me from my family for months at a time.
part (one's) hair
1. To comb or brush one's hair into two discernible sections, leaving a single clear division between them. I always used to part my hair straight down the middle, until someone in school said I looked like a dork. Why did you start parting your hair on the right like that?
2. To travel extremely close to one's head while passing by overheard. The bullet may have parted my hair, but it didn't leave so much as a scratch on me. The bird came diving toward me from the air, then parted my head as it flew past to snatch the food from Mary's hand.
3. Of a sound, to be extremely loud, forceful, or percussive. The flautist finished on an incredible high note that parted the hair of everyone in the audience. The blast parted our hair, but beyond that it didn't cause any harm.
part over (something)
To separate from or discontinue one's association with someone due to some problem or disagreement. You two have been together for such a long time—it would be a shame to part over such a silly argument! The business partners decided to part over differing opinions as to how the company should be run.
part from someone
to leave someone. I just hate parting from you. I must part from her now.
part (someone or an animal) from (someone or an animal)
to take someone or an animal away from someone or some other animal. It was difficult to part the mother dog from her puppies. I hated to part the mother from her child.
parting of the ways
a point at which people separate and go their own ways. (Often with come to a, arrive at a, reach a, etc.) Jane and Bob finally came to a parting of the ways. Bill and his parents reached a parting of the ways.
parting of the ways
A point of divergence, especially an important one, as in When Jim decided to travel with the band and Jill wanted a more normal home life, they came to a parting of the ways . This term, which transfers a fork in a road to alternative courses of action, appears in the Bible (Ezekiel 21:21), where the king of Babylon must decide whether or not to attack Jerusalem: "[He] stood at the parting of the way." [c. 1600]
A final insult or last word in an argument, as in As she stalked out, Jane hurled as a parting shot, " And I quit!" This idiom apparently originated as a corruption of Parthian shot, referring to the practice of ancient Parthian warriors of turning back to shoot at their pursuers. [Late 1800s]
a (or the) parting of the waysa point at which two people must separate or at which a decision must be taken.
This phrase has its origins in Ezekiel 21:21: ‘the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways’.
a/the ˌparting of the ˈways
1 the place where two or more people who have been travelling together separate and take different routes: We travelled to India together, and in Delhi it was the parting of the ways. Ray went on to China and I went on to Australia.
2 the time when two or more people who have been working, living, etc. together separate and begin a new period in their lives: After college it was the parting of the ways. We all went to live in different parts of the country and gradually we lost touch.
a ˌparting ˈshot(also a ˌParthian ˈshot) a remark or action, often an unkind one, that somebody makes just as they are leaving: As Jim walked out of the door, his parting shot was, ‘I never want to see any of you again.’Parthia was a kingdom in ancient times. The Parthians used to fire arrows at the enemy as they were retreating from battle.
n. the last word; a final comment before departing. His parting shot concerned some comments about my ability to do simple math.
parting of the ways
A point of divergence, especially one of great moment.
The last word. At the end of a heated discussion or argument, you unleash a zinger of a remark as you leave. You've just made a parting shot. The phrase is very often said as “Parthian shot.” The Parthians were a Persian tribe that developed the cavalry tactic of retreating in order to draw their enemy after them, whereupon they would turn in the saddle and fire a barrage of arrows. Although some scholars say “parting” came from “Parthian,” others say it's coincidental.