A way with...

Posted by Henry on December 30, 2004

In Reply to: A way with the... posted by ESC on December 30, 2004

: : What does this phrase mean: he has his way with words/colors,etc.?

: 5b -- Merriam-Webster.

: 5 a : characteristic, regular, or habitual manner or mode of being, behaving, or happening Knows nothing of the ways of women. b : ability to get along well or perform well. She has a way with kids. A way with words.

It's an ability, often natural rather than from training, to do something well.
A way with words; can express things well in writing or speech.
A way with kids; can establish a good relationship with children.
Not to be confused with 'got away with' meaning escaped without punishment.
He got away with murder.