put (one) in the way of (something)

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put (one) in the way of (something)

1. To give someone the opportunity to obtain or achieve something. It's this fear of the unknown, though, that puts us in the way of profound personal growth.
2. To put someone at risk of confronting or receiving something unwanted or unpleasant. Many fear that this decision could put the country in the way of war. Our family's lifestyle choices put us in the way of many snide remarks from people in the community.
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put something in the way of someone or something

to place a barrier in the way of someone or something. You know I don't want to put anything in the way of your happiness. I would never put anything in the way of you and Donna.
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put in the way of

Also, put in one's way.
1. Obstruct or impede, as in The police put a traffic barrier in the way of northbound motorists, or I don't want to put anything in the way of your advancement. [c. 1500]
2. See in one's way, def. 2.
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put someone in the way of

give a person the opportunity of. dated
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