parting of the ways


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parting of the ways

A point at which people or entities separate, depart from, or stop associating with one another. The disagreement has led to a parting of the ways between the two global superpowers. I told her I wasn't willing to have children, so we came to a parting of the ways.
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parting of the ways

a point at which people separate and go their own ways. (Often with come to a, arrive at a, reach a, etc.) Jane and Bob finally came to a parting of the ways. Bill and his parents reached a parting of the ways.
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parting of the ways

A point of divergence, especially an important one, as in When Jim decided to travel with the band and Jill wanted a more normal home life, they came to a parting of the ways . This term, which transfers a fork in a road to alternative courses of action, appears in the Bible (Ezekiel 21:21), where the king of Babylon must decide whether or not to attack Jerusalem: "[He] stood at the parting of the way." [c. 1600]
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a (or the) parting of the ways

a point at which two people must separate or at which a decision must be taken.
This phrase has its origins in Ezekiel 21:21: ‘the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways’.
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a/the ˌparting of the ˈways


1 the place where two or more people who have been travelling together separate and take different routes: We travelled to India together, and in Delhi it was the parting of the ways. Ray went on to China and I went on to Australia.
2 the time when two or more people who have been working, living, etc. together separate and begin a new period in their lives: After college it was the parting of the ways. We all went to live in different parts of the country and gradually we lost touch.
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parting of the ways

A point of divergence, especially one of great moment.
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parting of the ways, a

A point of decision between two alternatives. This term stems from the Bible (Ezekiel 21:21): “For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways,” when he had to decide whether or not to attack Jerusalem. It continues to be so used. Moreover, when applied to two or more persons or groups, it implies that they will choose different paths or courses of action.
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In this sense, the parting of the ways "did not have to be" in terms of a mutually exclusive arrangement of mutual expulsion.
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Matthew was written with two purposes in mind: whereas its primary purpose is to set out the significance of Jesus, its secondary purpose is to address the parting of the ways between Matthew's communities and Judaism.
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Be Lucky The beauty of love is more than skin deep It''s what children, friends and family come to reap Love may catch you by surprise When you feel it and see it in stranger''s eyes Love and emotions help us survive It also helps us to grow and thrive Love is not all about finding a good looking husband or wife It is about finding a partner for life If you and your partner have enjoyed the greatest love rush The outcome could well be a prom to push Love can be the greatest feeling And the source of your well being But love con end on any day And then it is the parting of the ways So be lucky when you choose your husband or your wife It is the biggest gamble of your life G MCLANDERS, Byker
But with Clarke's arrival as first-team coach in January - one of Dalglish's first acts as manager - Lee has found his role altered in the past few months, and this parting of the ways comes as little surprise - though the timing appears odd, with Liverpool's players due to report back for pre-season training next week.
West Ham, who came close to sacking Grant and replacing him with Martin O'Neill in January, may decide that a parting of the ways is best for everyone given the difficulties of this campaign.
They provide a wide range of views, among them root causes of the Jewish-Christian rift from Jesus to Justin, wisdom Christianity and the parting of the ways, whether Paul was a good Jew, imagines of anti-Semitism in popular culture of the 19th and 20th centuries, metaphysics and the holocaust, and the sense of mission in Judaism and Christianity.
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On the opposite side, the Enochian tradition remained separate and eventually developed into Essene Judaism at Qumran--described in his previous book, Beyond the Essene Hypothesis: The Parting of the Ways between Qumran and Enochic Judaism.
Boccaccini (1998), Beyond the Essene Hypothesis: The Parting of the Ways between Qumran and Enochic Judaism, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, pp.
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He was locked in talks with Worcester's playing director Les Cusworth and the club's benefactor Cecil Duckworth for most of Monday, with the parting of the ways announced in a statement from Duckworth.
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