English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List - W
|ways and means||To say that there
are ways and means of achieving
something means that there are several
methods which will produce the desired
All ways and means will be used to provide assistance to the survivors.
|weak at the knees||Someone who is
weak at the knees is (temporarily)
barely able to stand because of emotion,
fear or illness.
The shock of the announcement make me go weak at the knees!
|weal and woe||This expression
refers to the good and bad times, the joys
and sorrows, or prosperity and misfortune.
We all get our share of weal and woe in life.
|wear thin||Something that is
wearing thin is decreasing or losing
You've used that excuse so many times, it's beginning to wear thin - as in my patience!
|wear many hats||Someone who
wears many hats has to do many
different types of tasks or play a variety
Our company is small so the employees need to be flexible and accept to wear many hats.
|wear heart on sleeve||If you wear
your heart on your sleeve, you allow
others to see your emotions or feelings.
You could see that she was hurt - she wears her heart on her sleeve!
|wear the trousers||The partner in a
couple who wears the trousers is
the one who makes all the important
The salesman hesitated before the couple. It was difficult to see who wore the trousers.
|wear out one's welcome||If someone
wears out their welcome, they stay too
long as a guest, causing inconvenience to
Alan and Sue invited us to stay on for a few days but we didn't want to wear out our welcome.
|weather the storm||If you weather
the storm, you succeed in surviving a
difficult period or situation.
Given the current recession, the company is weathering the storm better than most.
|under the weather||If you are
under the weather, you are not feeling
You look a bit under the weather. What's the matter?
|weigh pros and cons||If you weigh
the pros and cons, you consider the
advantages and disadvantages, the arguments
for or against something.
They weighed the pros and cons of the house before signing.
|weigh your words||If you
weigh your words, you choose your words
carefully in order to express exactly what
you mean and avoid any misunderstanding.
At the press conference he spoke very clearly, weighing his words.
|wet behind the ears||Somebody who is
wet behind the ears is inexperienced or
Scott shouldn't be given that job. He's still a bit wet behind the ears.
|wet the baby's head||This
expression means to have drink to celebrate
the birth of a baby.
When his first child was born, Tom invited his colleagues to a local bar to wet the baby's head.
|wet blanket||A person who is
a wet blanket is so boring or
unenthusiastic that they prevent others from
Come on! Relax ! Don't be such a wet blanket!
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