under way

adjective, adverb
Also, underway. (of a ship) no longer in port, at anchor, etc.; moving.
no longer at rest, stationary, etc.; in motion; traveling: We'll put our bags in the car and be under way.
proceeding; in progress: Plans are under way to sell the company.
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under way
1.  in progress; in operation: the show was under way
2.  nautical in motion

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Idioms & Phrases

under way

  1. In motion, as in The ship got under way at noon. [c. 1930]

  2. Already started, in progress, as in Plans are under way to expand. [c. 1930]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Something similar seems to be under way in the area of technology.
We see that process getting under way around two million years ago but becoming
  more pronounced around a half a million years ago.
Eight difficult years of negotiations were under way.
One that's still under way is the emergence of a variety of precision weapons,
  and also coupling them with sensors.
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