by the way

by the way & by the by
1. a phrase indicating that the speaker is adding information. (

By the by

is not as frequent.) •

Tom: Is this one any good? Clerk: This is the largest and, by the way, the most expensive one we have in stock.

Bill: I'm a realtor. Is your house for sale? Alice: My house is not for sale, and, by the way, I too am a realtor.

2. a phrase indicating that the speaker is casually opening a new subject. •

Bill: Oh, by the way, Fred, do you still have that hammer you borrowed from me? Fred: I'll check. I thought I gave it back.

Jane: By the by, don't you owe me some money? Sue: Who, me?

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also[by the bye] {adv. phr.} Just as some added fact or news; as something else that I think of. - Used to introduce something related to the general subject, or brought to mind by it. * /We shall expect you; by the way, dinner will be at eight./ * /I was reading when the earthquake occurred, and, by the way, it was The Last Days of Pompeii that I was reading./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • the way — phrasal 1. in view of the manner in which < you d think she was rich, the way she spends money > 2. like, as < we have cats the way other people have mice James Thurber > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • By the way — Way Way, n. [OE. wey, way, AS. weg; akin to OS., D., OHG., & G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. v[ a]g, Dan. vei, Goth. wigs, L. via, and AS. wegan to move, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah. [root]136. Cf. {Convex}, {Inveigh}, {Vehicle}, {Vex}, {Via}, {Voyage} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • In the way — Way Way, n. [OE. wey, way, AS. weg; akin to OS., D., OHG., & G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. v[ a]g, Dan. vei, Goth. wigs, L. via, and AS. wegan to move, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah. [root]136. Cf. {Convex}, {Inveigh}, {Vehicle}, {Vex}, {Via}, {Voyage} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On the way — Way Way, n. [OE. wey, way, AS. weg; akin to OS., D., OHG., & G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. v[ a]g, Dan. vei, Goth. wigs, L. via, and AS. wegan to move, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah. [root]136. Cf. {Convex}, {Inveigh}, {Vehicle}, {Vex}, {Via}, {Voyage} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • By the way — By By (b[imac]), prep. [OE. bi, AS. b[=i], big, near to, by, of, from, after, according to; akin to OS. & OFries. bi, be, D. bij, OHG. b[=i], G. bei, Goth. bi, and perh. Gr. amfi . E. prefix be is orig. the same word. [root]203. See pref. {Be }.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • On the way — On On ([o^]n), prep. [OE. on, an, o, a, AS. on, an; akin to D. aan, OS. & G. an, OHG. ana, Icel. [=a], Sw. [*a], Goth. ana, Russ. na, L. an , in anhelare to pant, Gr. ana , Zend ana. [root]195. Cf. {A }, 1, {Ana }, {Anon}.] The general… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • all the way — phrasal to the full or entire extent ; as far as possible < ran all the way home > < seated all the way in the back > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pave the way — phrasal to prepare a smooth easy way ; facilitate development …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • by the way — phrasal by way of interjection or digression ; incidentally …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • on the way — or on one s way phrasal moving along in one s course ; in progress …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • in the way — phrasal see in one s way …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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