go (one's) separate ways

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go (one's) separate ways

1. Literally, to go to different places after parting. Once we got back to the first floor, Phil and I went our separate ways to our respective offices.
2. To end a relationship. My boyfriend and I went our separate ways because he wanted to get married, and I didn't.
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go your separate ways

1 leave in a different direction from someone with whom you have just travelled or spent time. 2 end a romantic, professional, or other relationship.
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go your separate ˈways

(of two or more people) stop seeing each other socially, because you are living in different places, doing different jobs, etc: After school we went our separate ways.
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Security and officials from both teams, though, were quick to pacify the situation as both teams went their separate ways.
The 37-year-old, left, experienced huge fame during his seven years with Boyzone before the lads went their separate ways.
INSIDER'S pretty sure that gorgeous Rebecca Ferguson won't be single for long after she and One Direction boyfriend Zayn Malik went their separate ways.
They hung out all night, but went their separate ways at the end," the source added.
NCIS director Jenny Shepard was killed at the end of last season and the remaining team members went their separate ways.
They went their separate ways and married other people but stayed in touch by Christmas cards.
The five-piece indie rockers went their separate ways in summer after the members left Greenhead College to go to university or get jobs.
Gilbert was employed on a huge salary - reported to be around pounds 750,000 - to help get Murray into the world's top 10 but the pair went their separate ways last week after 16 months together.
The lived and played side by side in Hartington Street, Newcastle, before the families went their separate ways.
Now the bookies say punters who backed them at odds of 12-1 in the days after they went their separate ways could be on the verge of a huge payout.
A BIRMINGHAM woman is hoping to trace her school pals more than 50 years since they went their separate ways.
But Beer was dating someone else, and although she and Helm became close friends, they went their separate ways for the next decade.
Advocate columnist Paris Barclay went to prep school and Harvard with Roberts, but as with me and Derrick, they went their separate ways in college and after.
Since the Abba men and women went their separate ways, Andersson has had time to build up successful thoroughbred breeding and racing interests in his native Sweden, but he is still waiting for something from the top drawer to race in Britain.
Benny and Bjorn, 58, went their separate ways when the band split in 1983.