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    usage of the "headway"

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the usage of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    Unfortunately, he didn’t know the clear headway of the unlucky bridge.

    headway = vertical space available to allow easy passage under something; clearance

    “It’s been a while since I heard anything from you, so I thought I would check in personally.
    We’ve still made no headway in your case.”

    headway = progress


    Baffling head sea deadened the ship's headway.

    deaden a ship’s headway = slow down a ship’s progressive motion

    The flagship fetched headway.

    fetch headway = to move ahead or astern

    The rest of the naval armada followed suit in six minutes' headway.

    headway = interval, close succession

    Adobe seems to be making even more headway in this area, and appears to be upon the precipice of change.

    make more headway = make a great progress

    May I hope that you will be kindly disposed to me explaining in plain English the meaning of the expression in italic?

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    Re: usage of the "headway"

    Dear Vil,

    I see you've taken the trouble to look the word up in the dicionary. What exactly do you mean? Do you want to know why one word has several different meanings?

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    Re: usage of the "headway"

    Hi Hedwig,

    Thank you for your kindness.

    My question in my original post above is related to the usage of the whole expressions in bold in the shown sentences and not to the very word “headway”.

    I take a keen interest of the so-called collocation of the words as well as of their connotation.

    The same holds true in respect of the interpretation of expression in italic. I admit with undisguised embarrassment that I have only a hazy notion of what it means.

    Regards

    V.

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    Re: usage of the "headway"

    A precipice is a steep cliff. We use this word metaphorically to talk about situations in which an (also metaphorical) step in the wrong direction may cause disastrous effects. We say, for example, "precipice of war". Sometimes, it is also used for good or neutral effects: "precipice of major health care reform", "precipice of another technological revolution", "precipice of puberty", "precipice of some great adventure".

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