in the way of

in the way of (someone or something)

1. Obstructing someone or interfering in something. Ugh, the neighbor always puts his trash cans in the way of my car. She's so determined that I just know nothing will get in the way of her plans to finish her thesis.
2. Relating to a broad group or category of something. I don't think this store has much in the way of spices, unfortunately.
See also: of, way

in the way of someone

('s plans) Go to in someone's way.
See also: of, way

in the way of something

as a kind of something; as a style of something. What do you have in the way of dress shoes? We have nothing in the way of raincoats.
See also: of, way
References in classic literature ?
But, so much more powerful were the frailties of Sloppy's form than the strongest resources of tailoring science, that he now stood before the Council, a perfect Argus in the way of buttons: shining and winking and gleaming and twinkling out of a hundred of those eyes of bright metal, at the dazzled spectators.
His only comfort had been in visits from the Good Queen, who had at length put him in the way of meeting his brother.