parting of the ways


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parting of the ways

A point at which people separate, depart from, or stop associate 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 fact, discovering this disagreement to be a 'family argument' that can proceed without the ominous ending of mutual excommunication from the family may allow genuine conversation between Christians and Jews about this highly significant difference for the first time in 15 to 18 centuries, depending on one's view of the timing of the parting of the ways.
But, we may remark, such speculations do not necessarily lead to the parting of the ways, any more than they led to reading the Essenes or the Dead Sea Sect, with their similar speculations, out of the fold.
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But Adkins, whose men take on Aston Villa tomorrow, said: "At some stage there'll be a parting of the ways but that is a long way down the line.
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Lenagan, who bought the club three years ago with Noble already in place, praised the former Great Britain coach for helping save the club from relegation in 2006 but admitted his failure to deliver silverware prompted his decision to order a parting of the ways.
Bruce still has strong allies at St Andrews but there is an increasing feeling that a parting of the ways is inevitable, if a successor is lined up.
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Some of Mourinho's back-room colleagues have expressed concern about the coach's long-term job security and a parting of the ways seems increasingly likely now.
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Blaydon MP Mr McWilliam said: "I don't see this as a parting of the ways.