put someone in the way of
put (one) in the way of (something)
1. To give someone the opportunity to obtain or achieve something. It's this fear of the unknown, though, that puts us in the way of profound personal growth.
2. To put someone at risk of confronting or receiving something unwanted or unpleasant. Many fear that this decision could put the country in the way of war. Our family's lifestyle choices put us in the way of many snide remarks from people in the community.