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  1. 1
    if something gives way, it breaks or falls down because there is too much weight or pressure on it

    The bridge threatened to give way as the flood waters rose.

  2. 2
    to agree to something that someone else wants instead of what you want
    give way to:

    We will not give way to terrorism.

  3. 3
    to allow another vehicle to go before you when you are driving. The usual American word is yield
    give way to:

    Drivers must give way to cyclists.

  4. 4
    to be replaced by something, especially something newer or better
    give way to:

    Over the next few years, the city’s buses will give way to a new light rail system.

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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