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Make way for the king

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on February 13, 2009 at 16:39

In Reply to: Make way for the king posted by Kurt on February 13, 2009 at 15:50:

: I'm looking for the origin of the phrase "Make way for the king" - any feedback would be much appreciated!

Well, one of the meanings of "way" is "Opportunity for passage or advance: freedom from obstruction", and this is the meaning it has in the constructions "give way" and "make way". Obviously kings, emperors, presidents and people being rushed to hospital for lifesaving surgery expect other mortals to get out of their way, and if you don't their minions are likely to shout at you to *make* way. (VSD)