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I want to ask the meaning of this passage:

He was falling, landing heavily on the rocks of the creek bed. He lay there, gulping in the sweet air among the rocks. He must carry on down, even a small way. Anything to escape the suffocating darkness. He drew in more air, then picked himself up and set off a stumbling path over the broken ground.

It’s a scene about a forest fire.

In that sentence, what does small way mean? Does it mean small distance or small road?

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In this context, "a small way" means "a short distance".

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    The driveby downvoter strikes again. What's the problem here? The answer is correct. – deadrat Oct 12 '16 at 21:25

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