be under way

be under way
get going, start out, set out

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Under way — Under Un der, prep. [AS. under, prep. & adv.; akin to OFries. under, OS. undar, D. onder, G. unter, OHG. untar, Icel. undir, Sw. & Dan. under, Goth. undar, L. infra below, inferior lower, Skr. adhas below. [root]201. Cf. {Inferior}.] 1. Below or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • under way — There is a choice between under way and underway, with the two word form still marginally preferable although the other is equally well attested: • I started up the bagpipes and was soon under way, marching up and down the church hall B. Millin,… …   Modern English usage

  • under way — ► under way 1) (of a boat) moving through the water. 2) having started and making progress. Main Entry: ↑under …   English terms dictionary

  • under way — adverb Etymology: probably from Dutch onderweg, from Middle Dutch onderwegen, literally, under or among the ways Date: 1720 1. in motion ; not at anchor or aground 2. into motion from a standstill 3. in progress ; afoot < preparations were under… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • under way — 1. Also, underway. (of a ship) no longer in port, at anchor, etc.; moving. 2. no longer at rest, stationary, etc.; in motion; traveling: We ll put our bags in the car and be under way. 3. proceeding; in progress: Plans are under way to sell the… …   Universalium

  • under way — idi a) in motion; traveling: The ship is under way[/ex] b) idi proceeding; in progress: Now that the project is under way, I m free to talk about it[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • under way — to get smt. under way …   Combinatory dictionary

  • under way — started, commenced    The concert is under way. The band is playing O Canada …   English idioms

  • under way — adverb in motion; set in motion the ship got under way • Derived from adjective: ↑moving …   Useful english dictionary

  • get under way — index arise (occur), dispatch (send off), embark Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • To be under 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

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