by way of


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by way of

  1. By the route of.
    Synonyms: through, via
    • 1878, Thomas Hardy, chapter 1, in The Return of the Native:
      Intensity was more usually reached by way of the solemn than by way of the brilliant.
    • 1914, Saki (pseudonym; H. H. Munro), “The Boar-Pig”, in Beasts and Super-Beasts:
      “I always go over the wall, by way of the plum tree,” said Matilda.
    • 2003, Kate Kondell (screenplay), Legally Blonde 2, spoken by Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon):
      My name is Elle Woods, Boston by way of Bel Air.
    From Shakespeare to Milton by way of the English Bible, our language has been shaped by humanist ideas.
  2. For the purpose of; as a means of; as an instance of; as a type or form of.
    By way of apology, he tried to be gallant.
    By way of qualification, I should point out that…
  3. (Britain, often followed by being) Possessing the characteristics, nature, or standing of; in the state or condition of.
    • 1898, H. G. Wells, “The Trouble of Life”, in Certain Personal Matters, pages 16–17:
      Thoreau, too, come to think of it, was, by way of being a prophet, a pioneer in this Emancipation of Man from Bothery.
    • 1921, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Springtime:
      "From what you tell me, he's by way of being the brains of the family."


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