THE IDIOM CONNECTION
Idiom Of The Day
wade into (something)
- to attack something, to join in somethingThe football player waded into the fight to help his teammates.
- an uncertain attitude where you wait and see what will happenWe decided to take a wait-and-see attitude regarding what our new boss was going to do.
wait for the other shoe to drop
- to wait for something bad to happen, to wait for something to happen after already knowing that something is going to happenOur company announced that many people would lose their jobs. We are waiting for the other shoe to drop in order to learn more details of this announcement.
wait in the wings
- to be ready to be used or employed instead of someone or something elseThe vice-president of the company is waiting in the wings to help the president.
wait on (someone)
- to serve someone in a store or restaurantWe waited a long time but finally the waitress came to wait on us.
wait on (someone) hand and foot
- to serve someone in every possible way, to do everything for someoneThe man always waits on his wife hand and foot.
- to serve food (in a restaurant etc.)My friend spent the summer waiting tables at the resort.
wait up (for someone)
- to not go to bed until someone arrives or something happensThe woman always waits up for her daughter when she comes home late at night.
wait with bated breath
- to feel excited or anxious while waitingI waited with bated breath for the results of my exams.
wake the dead
- to be very loud and be able to wake even those who have diedOur neighbors told us that our stereo was so loud that it would wake the dead.
- to arise from sleep, to awakenI usually wake up early in the morning.
walk a tightrope
- to be in a situation where you must be very cautiousThe Prime Minister is walking a tightrope regarding the international trade deal.
walk all over (an opponent)
- to win a game easilyWe walked all over the other team at the soccer tournament.
walk all over (someone)
- to treat someone badlyMy coworker tried to walk all over me when I began working but he soon stopped.
walk arm-in-arm (with someone)
- to walk with one's arms linked with someone elseThe two girls walked arm-in-arm down the street.
walk away with (something)
- to take something and go away with it, to steal somethingSomebody walked away with the computer from the library last night.
walk down the aisle together
- to get married (in this case in a church where the bride walks down the aisle to the altar)The couple have decided to walk down the aisle together and begin their new life.
walk hand-in-hand (with someone)
- to walk while holding hands with someoneThe couple walked hand-to-hand down the street.
walk of life
- occupation, social rankPeople from every walk of life came to the concert in the park.
walk off with (something)
- to take something and go away with it, to steal somethingI walked off with the wrong backpack by mistake.
walk on air
- to feel happy and excitedThe girl has been walking on air since she passed her exams.
walk on eggshells/eggs
- to be very cautious and careful around someone so that he or she does not become angryI always walk on eggshells when I meet my neighbor.
- to go on strikeMost of the workers at the factory decided to walk out on strike this morning.
walk out of (something)
- to leave suddenlyThree people walked out of the meeting yesterday.
walk out on (someone)
- to abandon your partner and end a relationshipThe man walked out on his wife.
walk the floor
- to walk back and forth across the floorThe man spent the night walking the floor in the hospital while waiting for his wife to have a baby.
walk the plank
- to be forced to resign from a jobThe vice-president was forced to walk the plank when the new president joined the company.
walk the plank
- to be forced by pirates to walk a long plank from the ship out over the water to your deathThe pirates captured the small ship and forced the captain to walk the plank.
walk up to (someone or something)
- to approach someone or somethingThe man walked up to the policeman and asked him a question.
- a statement saying that one is fired from his or her jobMy friend was given his walking papers from his company last week.
waltz off with (something)
- to take something, to get or win something easilyMy favorite team waltzed off with the championship last night.
want for nothing
- to have everything that one needs or wishesMy sister and her husband both have good jobs and they want for nothing.
warm one`s heart
- to make one feel warm or excitedThe sight of the small boy helping the old woman warmed the heart of the people on the street.
warm the bench
- to sit on a bench and not play during a gameThe young player spent most of the game warming the bench.
warm the cockles of one's heart
- to make someone feel warm and happyThe care and attention of the nurse when I was sick warmed the cockles of my heart.
- to get ready for a game or other event with exercise or practiceWe spent two hours warming up for the game on Saturday.
warm up to (someone or something)
- to become friendly or interested (in someone or something)The woman finally warmed up to the idea of going to Italy for a holiday.
warts and all
- including one's bad pointsThe man likes to be able to relax, warts and all, with his friends.
- clothing that you can wash and it does not need to be ironed before you wear itMy uncle always likes to buy wash-and-wear clothes.
wash one`s hands of (someone or something)
- to abandon someone or something, to refuse responsibility for someone or somethingThe manager washed his hands of the problem after the others refused to deal with it.
wash (someone's) dirty linen in public
- to talk about someone's private or embarassing matters in publicThe man began to wash his friend's dirty linen in public.
- to be no longer successful or neededThe boxer was washed up and had to retire last year.
waste one`s breath
- to speak pointlessly about something without the desired resultsMy boss is very stubborn and you are wasting your breath to argue with him.
- be careful (usually used as a command)"Watch it! That truck is going very fast and may hit you."
watch one's mouth
- to not say something, to not be rudeThe girl has bad manners and should watch her mouth.
watch one`s P`s and Q`s
- to be well-behaved, to be carefulThe boy had to watch his P`s and Q`s after he caused many problems at school.
watch one's step
- to act cautiously so that you don't make a mistake or anger someoneYou should watch your step when you complain to the manager.
watch one's tongue
- to not say something, to not be rudeThe boy was told by his teacher to watch his tongue.
watch out for (someone or something)
- to watch over and care for someone, to watch for the arrival or approach of someonePlease watch out for my friend at the airport.
I watched out for my friend's son while my friend was away.
watch over (someone or something)
- to monitor or guard (someone or something)I watched over the class while the teacher was at a meeting.
watch (someone or something) like a hawk
- to watch someone or something very carefullyThe mother always watches her daughter like a hawk when they go to the park.
water down (something) or water (something) down
- to make something weak, to dilute somethingThe government decided to water down the new rules because they were too strict.
water under the bridge
- something that happened in the past and cannot be changedIt was terrible that your house was robbed but it is water under the bridge now and you must move forward.
wave the flag
- to show a strong sense of nationalism or patriotismThe man loves to wave the flag and loves his country very much.
wax and wane
- to increase and decrease (like the moon)The boy's interest in soccer is always waxing and waning.
way the wind blows
- the direction that something may go, what may happenWe will have to see which way the wind blows to see if we can go to London or not.
ways and means
- the raising of money to pay for somethingThe woman does not have the ways and means to give her children a good education.
wear and tear
- damage that is the result of ordinary useWe put a lot of wear and tear on our car during our long holiday.
- to disappear little by little by use or time or weatherThe paint on the table is wearing away.
wear down (something) or wear (something) down
- to make something become less useful or smaller or weaker because of wear or ageLittle by little, the water wore down the beach at the edge of the river.
wear down (someone) or wear (someone) down
- to exhaust or tire someone outMy boss was worn down from the many questions in the meeting.
wear more than one hat
- to have more than one set of responsibilitiesOur teacher wears more than one hat. She is the head of the school board as well as the coach of the swim team.
- to disappear little by little by use or time or weatherThe name on the front of my credit card wore off from using it too much.
wear on (someone)
- to anger or annoy (someone)His constant complaining is beginning to wear on me.
wear one`s heart on one`s sleeve
- to show one`s feelings openlyThe man was wearing his heart on his sleeve after the meeting with his boss.
wear out one`s welcome
- to visit someone too long or come back too often so that you are not welcome anymoreMy friend has worn out his welcome at our house because he always visits without calling first.
wear out (something) or wear (something) out
- to use or wear something until it becomes old and in bad conditionMy shoes wore out during my trip to Paris.
wear sackcloth and ashes
- to behave in a way that shows that you are very sorry for something that you have done wrong - in ancient Biblical times people wore very uncomfortable sackcloth (cloth for sacks) for mourning and also to repent for something that they did wrongThe politician was forced to wear sackcloth and ashes as an apology for his wrongdoing.
wear several hats
- to have more than one set of responsibilitiesOur teacher wears several hats. She is the head of the school board as well as the coach of the swim team.
wear the pants in a family
- to be the boss in a familyThe woman is very strong and is the one who wears the pants in her family.
- to become thin from use or the passing of timeThe silver dollar began to wear thin after it was in use for many years.
- to become less interesting or believableThe woman's excuses began to wear thin after she kept using them again and again.
weasel out of (something)
- to decide not to do something in a sneaky wayMy friend weaseled out of helping us clean up the yard.
weather a storm
- to experience and survive a storm, to experience something bad or difficult and survive itThe company was able to weather the storm during the very difficult situation.
The situation was very bad but we were able to weather the storm and now we are doing well.
- if the weather allowsWeather permitting, we will go to the lake on Saturday.
weave in and out (of something)
- to move or drive or walk in and out of something such as trafficThe man was driving very fast and was weaving in and out of the traffic.
wee hours (of the night/morning)
- the hours immediately after midnightI read my book into the wee hours of the morning.
weed out (someone or something) or weed (someone or something) out
- to remove something that is unwanted, to get rid of somethingI spent the morning weeding out the clothes that I do not wear anymore.
week in and week out
- week after weekWeek in and week out the man takes his children to the lake to swim.
weigh down on (someone)
- to worry or depress someoneThe man's problems at work seem to be weighing down on him.
weigh on/upon (someone)
- to be a weight or pressure on someone or something, to worry or upset someoneThe pressure of exams has begun to weigh upon my sister.
weigh on/upon (someone's) mind
- to be a weight or pressure on someone or something, to worry or upset someoneMy mother's illness is weighing on my mind.
weigh one`s words
- to be careful of what one saysYou should weigh your words carefully before you tell your boss what you want.
welcome (someone) with open arms
- to greet someone eagerlyWe welcomed my relatives with open arms when they arrived.
welcome to (do something)
- to be free to do somethingThe apartment manager said that we were welcome to park our car anywhere.
well and good
- good, satisfactoryIt is well and good that the employee will go and talk to his supervisor about the problem.
- richThe man seems well-heeled and is always wearing expensive clothes and driving a nice car.
- wealthyThe girl's parents are well-off and do not need to worry about money during their retirement.
- having lots of moneyThe boy comes from a rather well-to-do family.
well up in years
- oldMy father is well up in years but he is very healthy.
wet behind the ears
- inexperienced, immatureThe new employee is wet behind the ears and does not know much about his job yet.
- a person who discourages other people from having funThe boy is a wet blanket so we never invite him to our parties.
wet one`s whistle
- to have a drink (especially alcohol)They decided to stop on their way home from work to wet their whistle.
- about or concerned about somethingI know that my friend wants to borrow my tent but what about my sleeping bag.
What are you driving at?
- What do you mean?I really do not understand what my friend is driving at.
What can I say?
- I am at a loss for words."What can I say? I made a mistake and I'm sorry."
What have you been up to?
- What have you been doing?"What have you been up to?," I asked my sister when I saw her.
what it takes
- the ability to do a job, courageMy friend has what it takes to be a success at his job.
what makes (someone) tick
- what motivates or makes someone behave in a certain wayI do not know what makes that woman tick. She is very strange.
What one doesn't know won't hurt one.
- what you do not know will not worry or harm youWhat my aunt doesn't know won't hurt her and we don't need to tell her about the broken dish.
- because, as a result ofWe wanted to go away for a holiday but what with moving to a new house we are too busy to go anywhere.
- What is happening?, What is wrong?"What`s cooking," he asked his friend.
What's done is done.
- something is final and in the pastWhat's done is done. Now that the man has quit his job he must find a new one.
What's keeping you?
- What is taking you so long?"What's keeping you?," the man asked his wife as he waited to go out.
- What have you been doing?"What's new?," I asked my friend after I had not seen him for three months.
What`s the big idea?
- Why did you do that?, What are you doing?"What`s the big idea? Why are you using my bicycle?"
- What is happening?, What is wrong?"What`s up," the man said as he entered the room.
what`s (up) with (someone)
- what is happening or wrong with someone, how is everything with someone"What`s up with the new supervisor? He seems very angry this morning."
- things that appear similar but are differentIt is hard to tell what`s what at a sale of old furniture.
Whatever will be, will be.
- things will just happen and there is little that we can do about itWhatever will be, will be and it is not possible to predict what will happen in the future.
wheel and deal
- to take part in political or business dealingThere was a lot of wheeling and dealing going on before they built the new convention center.
when hell freezes over
- neverThe man said that he would only come to the office party when hell freezes over.
when it comes right down to it
- when one really thinks about somethingWhen it comes right down to it, I do not think that I should quit my job.
when it comes to (something)
- speaking about somethingWhen it comes to sports, my friend is a very knowledgeable person.
when least expected
- when one does not expect somethingWhen least expected our secretary always asks for time off from work.
when one is good and ready
- when one is completely readyI decided not to go and see the supervisor until I was good and ready.
when pigs fly
- something is not likely to happen, never (it is impossible for pigs to fly)That man will start to manage his money better when pigs fly - basically never.
My friend will be more serious about her job and her life when pigs fly - never.
when push comes to shove
- when a situation becomes more difficultWhen push comes to shove my friend's daughter is always able to find a job.
when the cat's away, the mice will play
- when you are not watching someone they may get into trouble, when a person with authority is absent then those below him or her can do whatever they wantWhen the cat's away, the mice will play and when the teacher left the classroom the students began to play.
when the chips are down
- at the final and critical moment, when things really become difficultWhen the chips are down the man will always come and help his friends.
when the going gets tough (the tough get going)
- when things become difficult strong people begin to work harderWhen the going gets tough our teacher is always there to support and help us.
when the time is ripe
- at exactly the right timeWhen the time is ripe we will sell our house.
where one is coming from
- one's point of viewI do not understand where the man is coming from when he begins to complain about the noise.
whet someone's appetite
- to interest someone in something and make them want to have or know more about itThe presentation by the mountain climber whet my appetite for more outdoor activities.
while away the time
- to spend or pass time pleasantlyWe spent the afternoon whiling away the time by the river.
whip (someone or something) into shape
- to transform or change something that is failing into something that works effectivelyThe coach worked hard to whip the team into shape after a very bad season.
whip up (something) or whip (something) up
- to make something active, to stir something to actionThe union leader whipped up the crowd with his speech.
whip up (something) or whip (something) up
- to make or do something quickly or easilyIt was very late when we got home so I whipped up something to eat quickly.
whisper sweet nothings in (someone's) ear
- to say romantic or intimate things to someoneThe actor whispered sweet nothings in the ear of the actress.
whistle a different tune
- to change one`s attitude, to contradict previous ideasThe man is whistling a different tune now that he has been promoted and has more responsibility at his job.
whistle in the dark
- to try to stay brave and forget one`s fearThe man felt very frightened and began to whistle in the dark. This helped to calm him down.
- a useless possession that is a nuisance and often very expensive to keepThey are having a white elephant sale at the school next week.
- a waste of moneyThe new airport was a white elephant which nobody wanted to use.
- a harmless lie often told to be politeI told the woman a white lie when I said that I would be too busy to meet her.
- selling towels or linens etc. at reduced pricesWe went to the white sale at the department store last week.
whittle down (something) or whittle (something) down
- to gradually reduce or destroy something, to slowly reduce the amount of something (whittle means to carve wood into an object by cutting small pieces from the wood)The young woman is trying to whittle down the size of her credit card debt.
The team tried to whittle down the other teams lead but they were not successful.
whole ball of wax
- the whole thing or the whole matterI want to finish our redecorating project and be finished with the whole ball of wax.
whole new ball game
- a new set of circumstancesThe situation became a whole new ball game when the owners decided to sell the team.
whole shooting match
- the whole thing or the whole matterI wanted to get rid of my videos and DVDs so I gave the whole shooting match to my friend.
- everythingOur new boss always tries to run the whole show.
whoop it up
- to enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy mannerThe fans were whooping it up after they won the basketball game.
wide of the mark
- far from the target, incorrectThe manager's ideas for the company are wide of the mark and different from what everybody expected.
wild about (someone or something)
- to be enthusiastic about someone or somethingThe boys were wild about the new movie.
- an extra team chosen to enter a competition without taking part in the regular qualifying methodOur team was able to enter the competition because we were the wild card winner.
wild goose chase
- an absurd or hopeless searchThe man led the police on a wild goose chase when he ran away from them.
- a strike not ordered by a labor union but done without planning by a group of workersThere was a wildcat strike at the factory last night.
will not hear of (something)
- will not allow or consider somethingMy aunt said that she will not hear of us staying at a hotel when we come to visit her.
- strength of mindThe man has very strong willpower and was able to quit smoking easily.
win by a nose
- to win by a small amountThe candidate won by a nose so they had to count the votes again.
win out (over someone or something)
- to be victorious or successful after hard work or difficultyWe finally won out over our boss. He agreed to listen to our complaints.
win over (someone) or win (someone) over
- to gain the support and sympathy of someoneWe finally won the apartment manager over and she will let us have a pet in our apartment.
- to decrease or diminishAt the end of the summer, the beach shops began to wind down their business.
wind things up
- to end, to finish, to settle"Let`s wind things up now and then we can go home."
wind up (doing something)
- to finally do something, to end in a specific state or situationWe will probably wind up going shopping tomorrow.
I wound up staying home to study last night.
wind up (something) or wind (something) up
- to end something, to finish something, to settle somethingIt was time to wind up our project and go home.
wind up (something) or wind (something) up
- to tighten the spring of a machine or clock to make it workEvery night before he goes to bed my grandfather winds up his alarm clock.
wind up (somewhere)
- to finally be somewhereI will probably wind up at my friend's house this evening.
wind up with (something)
- to finally get or have somethingLast week, I wound up with a bad cold.
window of opportunity
- a brief time period in which an opportunity existsI have a window of opportunity in which to visit my friend so I will do it today.
A big storm is coming but we have a window of opportunity to protect our home.
- to act without preparationMy friend was not prepared for the examination so he had to wing it.
wink at (something)
- to allow and pretend not to know about something (e.g. a law or rule being broken)The school librarian sometimes winks at the rule about borrowing a maximum of three books.
- a series of several wins one after the otherOur baseball team has been on a winning streak for several weeks now.
wipe off (something) or wipe (something) off
- to remove something by wiping or rubbing it, to clean the surface of somethingWe always wipe off the table before we have dinner.
wipe out (something) or wipe (something) out
- to kill or destroy something completelyThe city spends a lot of money every year trying to wipe out the rats near the river.
- a disaster, a calamityMy exams were a wipe-out. I think that I failed all of them.
wipe (someone's) slate clean
- to erase someone's (bad) recordThe man had a bad performance record at work but he was able to wipe his slate clean and start over.
wipe the floor with (someone)
- to physically beat someoneThe ex-boxer wiped the floor with the man who insulted him.
- a person who acts as if he were smarter than other peopleThe boy always acts like a wise guy when he is in a group.
wise up to (someone or something)
- to begin to understand the truth about someone or somethingThe man finally wised up to the fact that he was never going to get a promotion in his company.
- a sarcastic or witty remarkThe woman made a wisecrack during the speech which caused the audience to start laughing.
- believing that something is true because you wish it to be trueIt is wishful thinking that I can finish my work early.
- to be unable to decide, to have no definite opinionThe man is very wishy-washy and can never make up his mind about what he wants to do.
with a heavy heart
- sadlyIt was with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to our elderly neighbor.
with a vengeance
- with determination and eagernessThe basketball team played with a vengeance and won the game easily.
with a view to (something)
- with the aim or purpose of doing somethingThe new transportation policy was made with a view to decreasing car traffic.
with all one's heart and soul
- very sincerely, totallyThe woman believed with all her heart and soul that she would recover from her illness.
with all the fixings
- with all the extra things that come with some mealsWe ordered the meal with all the fixings.
with an eye/view to (doing something)
- with the intention of doing somethingWe bought the truck with an eye to using it for our home business.
with both hands tied behind one's back
- easilyMy friend can fix bicycles with both hands tied behind his back.
with each passing day
- after each dayWith each passing day the price of gasoline was increasing.
- without effortWe were able to find a parking spot with ease.
with everything (on it)
- a sandwich or hamburger ordered with everything available on itWe ordered a hamburger with everything on it.
with flying colors
- with great or total successI passed my final exams with flying colors.
with hat in hand
- with humility (usually used when you ask for something from someone who is more powerful than you)The man came to his boss with hat in hand to ask for a raise in pay.
- the understanding of events after they have happenedWith hindsight it was very easy to understand what had happened before the accident.
- without risk of punishmentThe young boy could do anything that he wanted with impunity.
- alert and knowledgeableMy grandmother was not really with it before she passed away.
with no strings attached
- with no obligations attachedI was given the car to use with no strings attached.
with one hand tied behind one's back
- easilyI can fix the computer problems with one hand tied behind my back.
with one's tail between one's legs
- appearing frightened or cowardly (like a frightened dog)The man left the store with his tail between his legs when someone saw him trying to steal something.
with open arms
- warmly or eagerlyMy aunt and uncle were at the airport to greet us with open arms.
with regard to (something)
- concerning/regarding something, referring to somethingWith regard to my previous job experience, I decided not to talk about it today.
- with pleasure or enjoymentI began my new job and did my work with relish.
with respect to (something)
- referring to something, concerning somethingI do not know what the company will do with respect to the old computer system.
with the best of them
- as well as anyoneThe boy can play soccer with the best of them when he makes the effort.
within a stone's throw of something
- very close (to something)We could not find the house even though we were within a stone's throw of it.
within an inch of one`s life
- almost deadThe elderly man was beaten to within an inch of his life.
within calling distance
- close enough to hear someone callWe were within calling distance of the men in the boat.
- being sensible or reasonable about somethingWithin reason, you should be able to take some time off from work when your mother is sick.
without a hitch
- with no problemsWe were able to finish everything without a hitch.
without batting an eye
- casually, without showing any responseThe criminal kept changing his story without batting an eye.
- absolutely, for certainThe postman comes about noon everyday without fail.
without further ado
- without further talkWithout further ado they ended the meeting.
- absolutely, certainlyWithout question, the boy was the fastest runner on the team.
without rhyme or reason
- without purpose or reasonWithout rhyme or reason the two men started arguing in the bus.
(at one's) wit`s end
- to not know what to doI was at my wit`s end trying to decide what to wear to the party.
wolf in sheep`s clothing
- a person who pretends to be good but is notThe man is a wolf in sheep`s clothing. You should be very careful when you deal with him.
word for word
- in exactly the same wordsI described word for word what happened before the accident.
word of mouth
- orally from one person to another, spoken communicationI heard about the new restaurant by word of mouth.
word to the wise
- a good piece of adviceI gave my friend a word to the wise before he started on his trip.
words to that effect
- something similar to what was just saidThe apartment manager said that we could not bring a bicycle into the apartment lobby or words to that effect.
work graveyard shift
- to work throughout the nightMy friend is working graveyard shift this month.
work in (something) or work (something) in
- to rub something in, to move over something using some pressureWe spent a long time trying to work the softening cream into the leather.
work in (someone or something)
- to insert someone or something (into a schedule)My doctor was very busy but she was able to work me into her schedule tomorrow.
I will try to work in a meeting with the new manager tomorrow.
work into (something)
- to force something into something (usually with some difficulty)I was able to work my foot into my boot but it was still very tight.
walk arm-in-arm (with someone)
- to walk with one's arms linked with someone elseThe two girls walked arm-in-arm down the street.
work like a dog
- to work very hardThe boy worked like a dog on his school project.
work odd jobs
- to work by doing jobs that are unrelated and require no special skillsThe boy has been working odd jobs since he left high school.
work off (something) or work (something) off
- to make something go away (especially by working or exercise)I was able to work off much weight and am now feeling better.
work on (someone)
- to have an effect on someone, to try to influence someoneI am working on my boss to give me some time off this summer.
work one`s fingers to the bone
- to work very hardThe woman is working her fingers to the bone raising her three children.
- to exerciseThe man spends most weekends working out at the health club.
work out (for the best)
- to end successfully, to prove effective or satisfactoryI hope that everything will work out for my friend when she moves to London next week.
work out (something) or work (something) out
- to solve a problemI could not work out the math problem on the final examination.
work out (something) or work (something) out
- to accomplish something, to arrange somethingRecently, we worked out a system for calculating our expenses at work.
work over (someone) or work (someone) over
- to threaten or beat someoneThe criminal gang worked over the storeowner in order to get some money from him.
- to work beyond one's normal hoursI had to work overtime many days last month.
work up (someone) or work (someone) up
- to stir up someone, to excite someoneThe speaker worked up the crowd with his passionate speech.
work up (something) or work (something) up
- to produce somethingI like to work up a sweat when I exercise.
work up to (something)
- to advance to something, to rise to somethingThe man quickly worked up to sales manager in his company.
work wonders (with someone or something)
- to be very beneficial to someone or somethingThe vacation in Egypt worked wonders on the mental health of our boss.
- to feel excited, to be angry, to be worriedMy friend is worked up because he was not invited to the party.
world is one`s oyster
- everything is possible for someoneThe world is the woman's oyster now that she has received her MBA from Harvard University.
worm one's way out of (something)
- to wiggle out of a problem or a responsibilityI was able to worm my way out of working late last night.
worse for wear
- not as good as new, worn outI borrowed my friend`s backpack for a month and it is now beginning to look the worse for wear.
(not) worth a cent
- not worth anything (used in the negative)My old car broke down and is not worth a cent now.
worth its weight in gold
- to be very valuableThe advice of my supervisor is worth its weight in gold.
worth one`s salt
- to be worth what one is paidThe man is worth his salt and is one of our best employees.
worth one's while
- to be worth one's time and troubleIt is not worth my while to go back and get my hat which I left at the restaurant.
It is worth your while to learn the piano.
worthy of the name
- to be good enough to enjoy a specific nameThe restaurant is fantastic and worthy of the great chef's name.
would give one's right arm (for something)
- to be willing to give something valuable for somethingI would give my right arm to meet my favorite musician.
would just as soon
- to prefer to do one thing rather than anotherI would just as soon stay at home as go to a movie.
- prefer toI would rather use my computer than watch television.
wouldn't touch (someone or something) with a ten-foot pole
- to not get involved with someone or something for any reasonI would not touch that used car salesman with a ten-foot pole.
- to be very excited, to be nervous or upsetI was wound up yesterday after work and I could not go to sleep easily.
wrap (oneself) up
- to put on warm clothes, to dress warmlyThe woman wrapped herself up in her warm clothes and went outside.
wrap (someone) around one`s finger
- to have complete control over someone and be able to make him or her do what you wantThe woman has her boss wrapped around her finger and can do anything that she wants.
wrap up (something) or wrap (something) up
- to finish a task, to bring something to an endWe wrapped up the meeting before dinner and went home.
wrapped up in
- to be thinking about or interested in only one thingMy friend is wrapped up in his school project today.
wreak havoc on/with (something)
- to cause a lot of trouble or damage to somethingThe hurricane wreaked havoc on the small town.
write off (something) or write (something) off
- to remove an amount of money from a business record, to cancel a debtThe bank was forced to write off a very large loan.
write off (something) or write (something) off
- to accept a loss or trouble and not worry any more about itThe man decided to write off his bad experience at his old job.
write out (something) or write (something) out
- to write something on a piece of paperI plan to write out the recipe that I saw on television.
write up (something) or write (something) up
- to write something, to describe something in writing (you usually write up something by using your thoughts or some notes that you have written)After our trip to Russia, I spent a week writing up our story for a travel magazine.
wrong side of the tracks
- the poor side of townThe man married a girl from the wrong side of the tracks because he loved her.