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by way of (something)

1. Via a place, route, or mode of transportation. Patty is coming by way of train, and she's supposed to get here by 11. She doesn't have a direct flight—she's coming by way of Atlanta.
2. As a method or means of doing something. When Paul arrived 30 minutes late, he complained about the traffic by way of explanation.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

by way of something

 
1. passing through something (as a place); via something. He came home by way of Toledo. She went to the bank by way of the drugstore.
2. in illustration; as an example. By way of illustration, the professor drew a picture on the board. He read them a passage from Shakespeare by way of example.
See also: by, of, way
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

by way of

1. Through, via, as in I'm flying to Australia by way of Hawaii. [Mid-1400s]
2. As a means of, as in He paid our fares by way of apology. [Late 1300s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

by way of

1. Through; via: flew to the Far East by way of the polar route.
2. As a means of: made no comment by way of apology.
See also: by, of, way
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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