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[out-uh v-th uh-wey] /ˈaʊt əv ðəˌweɪ/
remote from much-traveled, frequented, or populous regions; secluded:
an out-of-the-way inn up in the hills.
seldom encountered; unusual:
out-of-the-way information.
giving offense; improper:
an out-of-the-way remark.
Origin of out-of-the-way
1250-1300; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "I did not expect, in such an out-of-the-way place——" I began.

    The Galaxy Various
  • Who would ever have thought of meeting you two in this out-of-the-way place.

    In Her Own Right John Reed Scott
  • We are here in an out-of-the-way place, far from any speedy and efficacious support.

    Stoneheart Gustave Aimard
  • It's not such an out-of-the-way idea, when one's child is ill.

  • Footprints were fresh upon it, and in an out-of-the-way spot a tin can showed a bright new label.

    The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold Margaret Vandercook
  • "It is an out-of-the-way place for a horse, too," said Sir Harry Danvers.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Little cash changes hands between natives and traders in out-of-the-way districts.

British Dictionary definitions for out-of-the-way


adjective (prenominal)
distant from more populous areas
uncommon or unusual
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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