By the wayside

What does "By the wayside" mean?

Today it means: To stop doing something, fail to finish something.

The word "way" is the old term for "wake" and so is the stirred up sea behind a ship and is where "leeway" and many other nautical sayings come from. A sailor would have "fallen by the wayside" if he had fallen overboard. He therefore did not complete his voyage let alone his job.

See also: Leeway  and: Headway  and: Making way

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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