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What does give way mean?

Looking for the meaning or definition of the word give way? Here's what it means.

  1. To yield to persistent persuasion.
  2. To collapse or break under physical stresses.
  3. To be followed, succeeded, or replaced by.
  4. To give precedence to other road users.
  5. To allow another person to intervene to make a point or ask a question whilst one is delivering a speech.
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But once the upper floors began to give way, terrible force was set in motion.
Traffic lights were green with a sign indicating that traffic making a left turn should give way.
As we waited, annoyed discontent began to give way to barely controllable rage.
A couple of years ago you could always rely on a lorry driver to give way and allow you to pass.
The company resisted as far as it could, but was forced to give way under the joint pressure of the workers and the government.
The entrenched systems of control in the Arab world are beginning to give way.

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