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1. To move aside so that someone or something can pass. We ask that everyone please make way for the students as they process down the aisle. Make way, people. Stretcher coming through.
2. To make progress. Have you made way on your novel at all? Last time we spoke you said you were stuck on the last chapter.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
make way (for someone or something)
to clear a path for someone or something. Make way for the stretcher. Here comes the doctor—make way!
to make progress; to move ahead. (Originally nautical. See also make way (for someone or something).) Is this project making way? A sailboat can't make way if there is no wind.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Allow room for passage, move aside, as in Please make way for the wheelchair. This expression was first recorded about 1200.
2. Also, make way for. Leave room for a successor or substitute, as in It's time he retired and made way for some younger professor. [Mid-1700s]
3. Progress, advance, as in Is this enterprise making way? [Late 1500s] For a synonym, see make headway.
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.
make ˈway (for somebody/something)make enough space for somebody/something; allow somebody/something to pass: Could you move your books to make way for the food? ♢ People made way for my wheelchair.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
make (one's) way
1. To go forward; advance.
2. To succeed, especially in making a living.
1. To give room for passage; move aside.
2. To make progress.
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.