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take the path less traveled
To choose the less popular or common option. The phrase is typically associated with Robert Frost's 1916 poem, "The Road Not Taken." I took the path less traveled when I decided not to go to college, unlike all of my siblings. Our company has become so successful by taking the path less traveled—by doing things differently from our competition!
take the road less traveled
To pursue a less popular or common option. The phrase is typically associated with Robert Frost's 1916 poem, "The Road Not Taken." I have always encouraged my children to take the road less traveled in life, instead of simply going along with what everyone else thinks is the right path. You certainly took the road less traveled when you quit your job to do art full-time, but are you any happier than you were before?
take the road most traveled
To pursue the most popular or common option. Sure, I could have taken the road most traveled and gotten a 9-5 job, but I much prefer being a full-time artist.
the path less traveled
The less popular or common option. I took the path less traveled when I decided not to go to college, unlike all of my siblings. I can appreciate your desire to follow the path less traveled, but the company needs to make some tried-and-true financial choices right now.
the road less traveled
The less popular or common option. The phrase is typically associated with Robert Frost's 1916 poem "The Road Not Taken." I took the road less traveled when I decided not to go to college, unlike all of my siblings. Quitting your job to do art full-time is certainly the road less traveled, but has it made you happier?
travel across (something or some place)
To move or journey from one side of something or some place to the other. We'll need to travel across the swamp in order to reach the village. He traveled across Europe on foot as part of his pilgrimage. I have to travel across this bridge every day as part of my commute.
travel all over (some place)
To move or journey across a large or wide area of some place. She has traveled all over the world as part of her job. The politician is traveling all over the state for his reelection campaign.
travel at a fast clip
To move quickly or at a fast pace. That horse is traveling at a fast clip—I think he might win the race!
travel by (something)
1. To move or journey using some particular type of transportation. I chose to travel by sea because it was so much cheaper than flying, but it was not worth it considering how long and unpleasant the journey was. The whole area is under four feet of snow, so we'll have to travel by dogsled.
2. To move or journey during either night- or daytime. We were traveling by night in order to avoid detection. I recommend traveling by day so you can appreciate the beauty of the whole area.
3. To move or journey while making use of a particular source of light. We traveled by lamplight through the spooky forest. Our flashlight was broken, so we had to travel by moonlight.
travel for (something)
1. To travel (to various places) as a part of one's employment. I travel for work a lot, so I don't get to see my kids as much as I would like. She swore she would never travel for a job again after that.
2. To travel (to one or more places) for some purpose or reason. I decided to go traveling for my 50th birthday. He'll be traveling for a conference next week.
travel in a body
To go to some place in a group Why do we have to travel in a body? I'd rather not be stuck in a car with my whole family for hours on end, thanks.
To travel without bringing much luggage. I hate lugging around a big suitcase, so I always try to travel light.
travel on (one's) own
To travel alone. I thought it would be really lonely traveling on my own, but it was actually very enjoyable and peaceful. I just worry about him traveling on his own like that.
travel on (something)
1. To move or journey atop some surface or along some path. We won't be able to travel on the main road until they've finished their work. I hate traveling on water. I always get so seasick.
2. To move or journey using some particular mode of transportation. I really don't mind traveling on the bus. It gives me a chance to catch up on some reading. I didn't travel on an airplane until I was nearly 30 years old. Our car broke down halfway there, so we had to travel on foot for the rest of the way.
3. To move or journey while carrying some kind of pass or authorization. If you're over 66 in Ireland, you can travel on their Free Travel Scheme all over the country! You can travel on your student visa around the rest of Europe, but you'll have to bring your proof of enrollment with you wherever you go.
travel on a full/empty stomach
To travel while one is either full or very hungry. I was going to just wake up and head out the door, but my mother wouldn't let me travel on an empty stomach. Trust me, you'll have a much more pleasant journey if you're traveling on a full stomach.
travel over (something or some place)
1. To move or journey from one side of something to the other. We'll need to travel over the desert in order to reach the village. I travel over this bridge every day as part of my commute.
2. To move or journey across a large or wide area of some place. In this usage, the word "all" can be used between "travel" and "over." She has traveled all over the world as part of her job. The politician is traveling over the state for his reelection campaign.
travel through (something or some place)
1. To move or journey in one side of something and out another. We'll be traveling through a long tunnel shortly, so you won't get any reception on your cell phones for a while. We should travel through the forest to reach the camp quicker.
2. To move or journey around or across something or some place. The crew will travel through space for nearly three months on their way to Mars. I'm traveling through France on my way to Spain.
3. To move or journey among or between something. I'd been traveling through the trees for some time with no sign of the village anywhere. Unfortunately, there was no way to avoid traveling through the gloopy mud.
4. To move or journey during a particular kind of weather. We were traveling through such thick fog that we could barely see a foot in front of us. You should never travel through a lightning storm on foot.
travel with (someone or something)
1. To make a journey while in the company of someone. She's traveling with her friend Mary across Europe this summer. They're just at that age where they don't want to travel with their parents anymore.
2. To make a journey while supervising or accompanying someone or some animal. I'll be traveling with some students from my class to Washington, DC, next month. That's the last time I ever travel with my pets on an airplane!
3. To bring something with one while making a journey. Why on earth are you traveling with so many pieces of luggage? I always travel with a portable charger for my phone.
4. To make a journey while suffering from some illness, injury, or ailment. You really shouldn't travel with the flu. I don't know how I'm going to travel with this broken leg.
See also: travel
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
Take little baggage; also, be relatively free of responsibilities or deep thoughts, as in I can be ready in half an hour; I always travel light, or I don't want to buy a house and get tied down; I like to travel light, or It's hard to figure out whom they'll attack next, because ideologically they travel light . The literal use dates from the 1920s, the figurative from the mid-1900s.
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.
travel ˈlighttravel with very little luggage: We’re travelling light with one small bag each.
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