to part ways

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - part ways

"to part ways"

to disagree or stop associating because of a disagreement


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - part ways

"to part ways"

to leave someone;

to depart from someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - part ways

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I haven't seen you in such a long time. How's life?

Friend 2:  Pretty good although my wife and I parted ways.

Friend 1:  Really?  You got divorced?

Friend 2:  Yes, we were fighting and arguing all the time and just couldn't find a way to continue the relationship.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - part ways

Two friends are talking as they are walking toward their respective homes ...

Friend 1:  OK.  This is where we part ways.

Friend 2:  I suppose you are right.  I live this way and you live that way.

Friend 1:  Be safe.

Friend 2:  See you tomorrow.

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to part ways - Gerund Form:

Parting ways is inevitable when a couple has irreconcilable differences.

to part ways - Examples:

1)  ... it is time that Red and Blue-America faced up to their irreconcilable differences and parted ways.

2)  We parted ways at the on-ramp to the westbound Gardiner, where he veered right and stayed on ...

3)  That is where the Federal Court of Appeal parted ways with the Tax Court of Canada and provided a useful reminder about the importance of ...

4)  At 1400 hours, the destroyers Anthony and Antelope, short on fuel, parted ways with the force and headed for Iceland.

5)  Having broken with the architect, the sculptor next parted ways with the theologians.

6)  Shortly after accepting Saltzman's offer, the latter parted ways with fellow Bond producer Albert R' Cubby' Broccoli owing to financial problems and ...

7)  Having quickly parted ways with his first senior coach, Pato Alvarez, Murray teamed up with Mark Petchey.

8)  ... especially as the result of a disagreement: the chairman has parted ways with the club.

9)  She and he soon parted ways, and she supported her daughters on her own, waitressing one job full-time during ...

10)  Then we parted ways until noon, when a friend of Floyd's named Gurnot would be meeting us ...

11)  This is where Freeman and I part ways, as many fine ethnographic network analyses eschew such models.

12)  This was one of the reasons why Mick Hucknall decided to part ways with Warner Music in early 2000, claiming that his deal was 'immoral' ...

13)  Aubrey's having none of that and tells Ruthven that he'd like to part ways and go his own way.

14)  We part ways with him, therefore, absolutely, at this point. 

15)  Why do people say that they trust scientists in general but part ways with them on specific issues?

16)  ... and steep they are, too. This is where the cyclist and walker parts ways with anyone in a wheelchair. 

17)  When shared belief parts ways with facts on the ground, inevitably there is error, confusion, even a ...

18)  A livid Mamakay parts ways with her father for good.

19)  ... he parts ways with the Greeks because he does not believe that the system could be reason.

20)  The remainder of the roof parts ways with the house, and goes to a temporary home in our back garden.