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Where there’s a will there’s a way

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  • Where there’s a will there’s a way is a proverb that dates to the 1600s. A proverb is a short, common saying or phrase that particularly gives advice or shares a universal truth. We will examine the meaning of the phrase where there’s a will there’s a way, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.


     

    Where there’s a will there’s a way is a proverb that means if someone is determined to do something, he will find a way to accomplish it regardless of obstacles. This may be used in a positive sense, as when referring to a tireless worker who gets a job done, or in may be used in a negative sense, as when referring to a drug addict who will do anything to obtain an illegal substance. The sentiment of this phrase was first published in 1640, in the work Jacula Prudentusm written by George Herbert: “To him that will, ways are not wanting.” By the 1820s the phrase had been altered to where there’s a will there’s a way. Note that there’s is spelled with an apostrophe, as it is a contraction of there is.

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    Examples

    “We all know where there’s a will there’s a way, and they might get around it,” he said. (ThisWeek Community News)

    If it’s true that where there’s a will there’s a way, then some in city hall are finding every stumbling block possible to avoid livestreaming meetings and allowing the council website to host online petitions. (The Manawatu Standard)

    “Where there’s a will, there’s a way and I am proud to announce that we are at the cusp of bringing a new ice rink facility to the West Valley,” Blumenfield declared in a statement. (The Los Angeles Daily News)


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