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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.
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.
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.