Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get in (the) way

get in the way
Meaning(s)
1) obstruct or delay
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • don't get in my/the way
  • Analysis
     If something ‘gets in the way’ it acts as an obstacle preventing access or progress towards a goal or place. You could say spending time with your friends is getting in the way of you studying for example, or that your family commitments are getting in the way of you progressing in work. This is a casual phrase used in professional and social contexts. Similar to ‘obstruct’ or ‘preventing me from’.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. My advice to interns is...watch, learn and don't get in the way, said the professor.
    2. The waiter in the busy restaurant asked the child to stop getting in the way.
    3. I have a lot of work to do today, so make sure you don't get in my way.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The legislation is getting in the way of our plan. We will have to try to find a way around it.
    2. I don't want anyone getting in the way when the clients' tour is underway, so make sure nobody interrupts us.
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