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Wade in (insep) When you wade in, you start doing something in a determined or forceful way.

  • After a few minutes the police waded in and started to break the crowds up.
  • She has waded in on the row.

Wade through [Wade through something] (file, paperwork, report) When you wade through something, you spend a lot of time doing some boring or difficult job. Plough through

  • It's amazing how much garbage you have to wade through on the Internet before finding what you want.
  • He's been wading through hundreds of bills.
  • I'm currently wading through the paperwork required for my visa application.

Wait about, wait around (insep) When you wait around, you spend a long time doing nothing while you wait for somebody or something.

  • I don't have the time or the patience to wait around for a bus, especially during the winter when it's cold.

Wait up (insep) When you wait up, you don't go to bed because you're waiting for somebody.

  • I was shocked to see everybody still up, waiting for me. I gave my mother a big hug and kiss and told them that they shouldn't have waited up for me.
  • I remember how Dad waited up for me when I had a date.
  • I used to hate it when my parents waited up for me.Now, I'm the same way. I don't make it obvious, but I just can't get to sleep until my kids are home.

Wake up to [Wake up to something] (danger, fact, threat, problem, truth) When you wake up to something, you become aware of a problem or dangerous situation.

  • In the 1980s, the world woke up to the threat of the ozone hole.
  • One day they will wake up to the truth.

Walk away from 1 [Walk away from something] When you walk away from something, you leave an unpleasant situation instead of dealing with it.

  • New rules about bankruptcy would make it tougher to walk away from your debts.
  • Though at times you may feel discouraged, hurt or angry, do not walk away from your family, from all those who love you.

2 When you walk away from an accident, you are not hurt.

  • If you are involved in a traffic accident, your seat belt may be the determining factor for whether you walk away from the accident uninjured or not.
  • Fortunately the pilot was able to walk away from the accident with only a few bumps and bruises.

Walk away, walk off [Walk away with something, walk off with something].- (prize, title, competition, medal, award, degree) When you walk away with something, you win it.

  • Unfortunately, he didn't win the million but he did walk away with $10,000 in his pockets as a consolation prize.

Walk off [Walk something off] (stress, anger, frustration, disquiet, headache, effect, pounds, kilos, excess weight, meal, lunch, dinner) When you walk something off, you get rid of it by walking. Work off

  • Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and done regularly you can walk off those excess pounds.

Walk on (insep) When you walk on, you continue walking: He stopped and had a chat with her and then walked on.

Ward off [Ward off something] (insep) (attack, blow, cold, danger, disease, illness, intruders, injury, hunger, evil spirits, fatigue) When you ward off something unpleasant, you prevent it from happening. Fend off something, head off something, stave off something

  • This popular herb has been used to help ward off the common cold and to relieve the symptoms of hay fever.
  • Eating a healthy diet and exercising may not be enough to ward off disease if you spend most of your day sitting in a chair.
  • London police is bolstering its relations with New York's DA's office to help ward off cyber-attacks.
  • Improved flexibility can ward off injury.

Wave down [Wave somebody/something down] When you wave a vehicle down, you wave your hands to make it stop.

  • I waved down a cab and told the cabbie the directions.
  • Shane waved down a passing car and met his family at the hospital

Wave off [Wave somebody off] When you wave somebody off, you wave to them as they leave. See off

  • Martin waved him off at the station wondering when he was likely to see him again.

Wear off (insep) (effect, excitement, feeling, pain, shock, novelty, distress, stiffness, numbness) When something wears off, it disappears gradually.

  • He's in pain when the effect of the drugs he's taking starts to wear off.
  • The pain is beginning to wear off.

Wear on (insep) (day, meeting, night, time, afternoon, week) When something wears on, it passes slowly: . Drag on, drag out

  • Dreams increase in bizarreness as the night wears on, psychologists found.

Wear out When somebody is worn out or they wear themselves out, they are very tired.

  • I'm always tired, doctor. I'm absolutely worn out at the end of the day.

Wear out [Wear something out] (clothes, shoes, boots, carpet, batteries, excuse, patience) When something wears out or you wear it out, it's damaged because you have used it a lot.


Ween off [Ween off something] (insep) When you ween off something, you gradually stop taking some drug or medicine.

  • If you are currently on anti-depressant therapy and wish to ween off it, get in touch with your physician, and ask for a specific programme.

Win over [Win somebody over] When you win somebody over, you manage to make them like or accept you.

  • Stop trying so hard to win her over and gain her attention.

Wind down 1 Relax When you wind down, you try to relax, usually because you are tired or after a long day of work.

  • For those who want to wind down at the end of the week there are plenty of great bars and restaurants nearby to explore.

2 [Wind something down] When you wind something down, you gradually reduce its activity until it stops completely.

  • The board of directors voted to wind down the business after learning orders continued to drop in the second quarter.

Wind up 1 End When you wind up somewhere or wind up being or doing something, that's what happens in the end. End up

  • If you do that, you could wind up in jail or find yourself being sued for millions.

2 Annoy [Wind somebody up].- When you wind somebody up, you say or do things to annoy or make them nervous.

  • John's always winding me up saying that he will tell my friends at school and this girl who I really like.
  • Why are you so wound up about all this?

Wise up [Wise up, wise up to something] (esp. AmE) When you wise up or wise up to something, you use you common sense and become more aware of things.

  • It's about time employers wised up to the fact that staff who are happy work more efficiently.

Wish away [Wish something away].- (problem) When you wish something away, you do nothing and hope that something disappears.

  • We cannot wish away our problems.

Work off [Work something off] (stress, anger, frustration, aggression, disquiet, energy, headache, steam, effect, pain, pounds, kilos, excess weight, calories, meal, lunch, dinner, debt, loan) When you work something off, you get rid of it by doing some form of exercise. Walk off

  • He went for a walk alone to clear your mind and work off his meal.

Work out 1 When something works out, it goes well.

  • I hope things work out with you and Lisa.
  • I'm sorry things haven't worked out for you.
  • If this works out, I'm gonna do it every month.

2 [Work something out] Understand When you work something out, you mange to understand it.

  • I couldn't work out how to switch the alarm off.

3 [Work something out] (plan, proposal, agreement) When you work something out, you plan it carefully or you arrange it.

  • I've got it all worked out.
  • The meeting has been postponed until a concrete plan with measures is worked out.
  • We worked out a plan to get everything done on time.

Work up [Work something up] (appetite, enthusiasm, idea, support, sweat, thirst, nerve) When you work something up, you gradually develop it.

  • It wasn’t long before I had worked up a sweat.
  • Work up an appetite with a wander through the gardens at Kew and then enjoy a meal in one of the cafes or restaurants.
  • She can never work up the nerve to ask.

Wrap up 1 (insep) When you wrap up, you put on warm clothes.

  • Make sure you wrap up tight. It's getting a little windy out there.
  • Wrap up warm, it's going to get cold.
  • With winters as cold as ours you'll want to wrap up well.

2 [Wrap something up] (job, agreement, deal) When you wrap something up, you complete it in a satisfactory way. Wind up

  • It has been a most enjoyable session. I think we will wrap it up there.
  • I love wrapping up my day with a cup of tea.
  • Liverpool are set to wrap up the deal before Monday night's transfer deadline.

3 [Wrap something up] When you wrap something up, you cover it in attractive paper.

  • Wrap the present up and leave it under the tree.

Write down [Write something down] When you write something down, you write it on a piece of paper.

  • It wasn't enough for her simply to hear new sounds or words. She had to see them written down.

Write out [Write something out] (cheque, draft, plan, prescription) When you write something out, you write it down in great detail or you complete the necessary information.

  • Many entrepreneurs find it difficult to write out a business plan.
  • Ring me when it is ready and I will write out a cheque.

 

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