my way or the highway

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my way or the highway

  1. (chiefly US, idiomatic) An expression suggesting an ultimatum which indicates the listener(s) will either conform to the desires or teachings of the speaker or else be excluded.
    Synonym: (vulgar) fit in or fuck off
    • 1995 June 2, “Gingrich . . . My Way or the Highway”, in Time[1], archived from the original on 2010-10-07:
      Gingrich . . . My Way or the Highway [title]
    • 2004 May 1, Chuck Knowlton, “Letters”, in Time[2], archived from the original on 2013-06-30:
      His my-way-or-the-highway attitude doesn't fit U.S. foreign-policy concerns or domestic issues.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Sometimes seen with other pronouns, e.g. her way or the highway.