parting of the ways


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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.
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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.
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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]
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a (or the) parting of the ways

a 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’.
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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.
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parting of the ways

A point of divergence, especially one of great moment.
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In this sense, the parting of the ways "did not have to be" in terms of a mutually exclusive arrangement of mutual expulsion.
We may suggest, however, that mere criticism - even vehement criticism, especially in view of the fact that such strong language is common within both the Jewish and Christian communities - does not really tell us when the parting of the ways occurred.
On the opposite side, the Enochian tradition remained separate and eventually developed into Essene Judaism at Qumran--described in his previous book, Beyond the Essene Hypothesis: The Parting of the Ways between Qumran and Enochic Judaism.
Boccaccini (1998), Beyond the Essene Hypothesis: The Parting of the Ways between Qumran and Enochic Judaism, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, pp.
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That's hardly a sign of a parting of the ways between species.
coming to a parting of the ways over the film's budget.
Burns still has a year to run on his Saints contract but it would come as no surprise if there was a permanent parting of the ways at the end of the current season.
It was an extremely painful parting of the ways and I took a long time to recover from it.
However, Zamparini has not been impressed by criticism of his management style since the latest parting of the ways and reacted to both press and fans reaction by saying: "People in Palermo love me.
Williams has insisted he will not join another Welsh region, and with most deals for next season involving overseas teams already concluded, any parting of the ways with the Ospreys could lead to him hanging up his boots for good.
But with Clarke's arrival as first-team coach in January - one of Dalglish's first acts as manager - Lee has found his role altered in the past few months, and this parting of the ways comes as little surprise, though the timing appears odd, with Liverpool's players due to report back for pre-season training next week.
It could be viewed as a neat game of politics on Mancini's part, ensuring any responsibility for a parting of the ways is heaped on Tevez's shoulders despite his hero status among the City supporters.
It was a daunting task and it's no wonder it has ended in a parting of the ways.
Both sides agreed to a parting of the ways after just four weeks - a short reign even by Rangers' bizarre standards.