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- Rhymes: -aɪweɪ
byway (plural byways)
- a road that is not frequently travelled
- (by extension) an unpopular or arcane field of study
2013 September 14, Jane Shilling, “The Golden Thread: the Story of Writing, by Ewan Clayton, review [print edition: Illuminating language]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review), page R29:
- Though his account of written communication over the past 5,000 years necessarily has a powerful forward momentum, his diversions down the fascinating byways of the subject are irresistible ...