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Wade in (insep)
When you wade in, you start doing something in a determined or
- After a few minutes the police waded in and started to break
the crowds up.
- She has waded in on the row.
[Wade through something] (file,
paperwork, report) When you wade through something, you
spend a lot of time doing some boring or difficult job. Plough
- 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
- 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
- One day they will wake up to the truth.
away from 1 [Walk away from
something] When you walk away from
something, you leave an unpleasant situation instead of dealing
- 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 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.
off [Ward off something] (insep) (attack,
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
- I waved down a cab and told the cabbie the directions.
- Shane waved down a passing car and met his family at the
Wave off [Wave
somebody off] When you wave somebody off, you wave to them as
they leave. See
- Martin waved him off at the station wondering when he was
likely to see him again.
(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,
Wear out When
somebody is worn out or they wear themselves out, they are very
- I'm always tired, doctor. I'm absolutely worn out at the end
of the day.
[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 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
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.
1 End When you wind up somewhere or wind up being or doing something,
that's what happens in the end. End
- 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
- 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 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
- He went for a walk alone to clear your mind and work off his
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.
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
- 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.
something up] When you wrap
something up, you cover it in attractive paper.
- Wrap the present up and leave it under the tree.
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.