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  1. Key Member
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    had their way....


    My friends told me that I was a bad actor. I don't remember if my feelings were hurt or not but they had their way.

    ---Does it mean that they were right or they said what they wanted to say?

  2. BobK's Avatar
    Harmless drudge
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    Re: had their way....

    It means they got what they wanted. What they wanted depends on the context. Perhaps they wanted 'you' not to have a main part in the play they were putting on

    Sometimes - for example a theatrical villain (usually with a curly moustache) who has abducted a young bride wants only One Thing. In this case, "way" can be given its own adjective: 'The wicked uncle had his evil way with his young ward.'

    Last edited by BobK; 18-Dec-2008 at 15:53. Reason: Added second sentence


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