/ˈbaɪweɪ / (say 'buyway)

1. a secluded, or obscure road: *He sent men out into the highways and byways of Puroil with these missionary words on their lips and they returned in the fullness of time, dragging in their wake the dregs of humanity to the feast. –david ireland, 1971.
2. a subsidiary or obscure field of research, endeavour, etc.: *That fight has taken Mr Ditfort through the byways of secret diplomatic telexes and the highways of the courts for more than a year. –herald, 1988.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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