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No wonder that his own health should give way so soon after the death-blow of her loss.

Bowen, one of the South's bravest generals, was the last to give way.

He would not give way to the least suggestion of anxiety even in his own mind.

I realised then that it would really be dangerous to give way to my nerves.

There is no reason why you should give way to any gentleman.

Monferrand had to give way; he admitted the priest, and speedily dealt with him.

I have allowed myself to give way to panic like a child in the dark.

Still her voice did not falter, and my courage did not give way.

Therese was the first to make up her mind to speak and give way.

The daughter of Mr. Anthony begs me to give way a little, if it's only for our own sakes!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English weg "road, path, course of travel," from Proto-Germanic *wegaz (cf. Old Saxon, Dutch weg, Old Norse vegr, Old Frisian wei, Old High German weg, German Weg, Gothic wigs "way"), from PIE *wegh- "to move" (see weigh). Most of the extended senses developed in Middle English. Adverbial meaning "very, extremely" is by 1986, perhaps from phrase all the way. Ways and means "resources at a person's disposal" is attested from early 15c. Way-out (adj.) "original, bold," is jazz slang, first recorded 1940s. Encouragement phrase way to go is short for that's the way to go.

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