Last modified on 11 July 2014, at 23:01

harm's way

EnglishEdit

NounEdit

harm's way (plural not attested)

  1. A place or course of danger.
    He kept his family out of harm's way.
    They put themselves in harm's way.

Usage notesEdit

  • This noun phrase is used almost exclusively as the object of prepositions, principally in, into, and out of, and from.
  • Uncommonly, way is modified by determiners or adjectives or appears as object of a verb.
  • Though this is a set phrase for most speakers, in literary use one may find it coordinated, as "in Ivan's and harm's way".