go (one's) separate ways

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go (one's) separate ways

1. Literally, to go to different places after parting. Once we got back to the first floor, Phil and I went our separate ways to our respective offices.
2. To end a relationship. My boyfriend and I went our separate ways because he wanted to get married, and I didn't.
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go your separate ways

1 leave in a different direction from someone with whom you have just travelled or spent time. 2 end a romantic, professional, or other relationship.
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go your separate ˈways

(of two or more people) stop seeing each other socially, because you are living in different places, doing different jobs, etc: After school we went our separate ways.
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References in classic literature ?
Let us each, then, take that which he most desires and go our separate ways in peace.
Although we both hope that our friendship continues as it is, we do worry about what might happen to our business if we should fall out or decide to go our separate ways.
As this will be our final year as a boys team before we all go our separate ways to college and work, we would love to be able to fund some tournaments further a field and also put some money towards a track suit and winter coat each," said the team's manager, Andy Honeyman.
He had posted: "For those of you inquiring I will confirm that Esther and I have decided to go our separate ways and we both thank you for your support.
Then come June, we can look to go further or go our separate ways.
If love could last as long as flowers/You press in books on summer days,/These wouldn't be our final hours,/We needn't go our separate ways.
After spending 13 years in a joint venture partnership with Spider Resources on six properties, they and KWG have "agreed in principal to go our separate ways.
Riley said: 'We have been sat at opposite ends of the table shouting at each other for ten years now and the plan has always been that once we were finished at Radio 1 we would go our separate ways.
It took a long time before we came to the understanding that we were not going to go our separate ways.
Keane (left) has ruled out a job at the club for ex-England Under-21 boss Peter Taylor, saying: "We both had a gut feeling it was not going to happen, so decided to go our separate ways.