harm's way

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

harm's way (plural not attested)

  1. A place or course of danger.
    He kept his family out of harm's way.
    They put themselves in harm's way.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This noun phrase is used almost exclusively as the object of prepositions, principally in, into, and out of, and from.
  • Uncommonly, way is modified by determiners or adjectives or appears as object of a verb.
  • Though this is a set phrase for most speakers, in literary use one may find it coordinated, as "in Ivan's and harm's way".