Dictionary: Letter W

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wade in (insep) Start doing something in a determined or forceful way.

wade through [wade through something] (file, paperwork, report) Spend a lot of time doing some boring or difficult job. plough through

wait about/around (insep) Spend a long time doing nothing while you wait for somebody or something.

wait up (insep) Not go to bed because you're waiting for somebody.

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

walk away from 1 [walk away from something] Leave an unpleasant situation instead of dealing with it.

2 Not be hurt.

walk away/off with [walk away with something, walk off with something].- (prize, title, competition, medal, award, degree) Win something.

walk off [walk something off] (stress, anger, frustration, disquiet, headache, effect, pounds, kilos, excess weight, meal, lunch, dinner) Get rid of it by walking. work off

walk on (insep) 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) Prevent something from happening. fend off something, head off something, stave off something

water down [water something down] Add water to a drink so it's less strong.

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

wave off [wave somebody off] Wave to somebody as they leave. see off

wear off (insep) (effect, excitement, feeling, pain, shock, novelty, distress, stiffness, numbness) Disappear gradually.

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

wear out 1 Be very tired.

2 [wear something out] (clothes, shoes, boots, carpet, batteries, excuse, patience) Be damaged because you have used something a lot.

ween off [ween off something] (insep) Gradually stop taking some drug or medicine.

win over [win somebody over] Manage to make somebody like or accept you.

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

2 [wind something down] Gradually reduce activity until something stops completely.

wind up 1 End End in a certain situation or place. End up

2 Annoy [wind somebody up] Say or do things to annoy or make somebody nervous.

wise up [wise up, wise up to something] (esp. AmE) Use your common sense and become more aware of things.

wish away [wish something away] (problem) Do nothing and hope that something disappears.

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) Get rid of something by doing some form of exercise. walk off

work out 1 Go well.

2 understand [work something out] Mange to understand something.

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

work up [work something up] (appetite, enthusiasm, idea, support, sweat, thirst, nerve) Gradually develop something.

wrap up 1 (insep) Put on warm clothes.

2 [wrap something up] (job, agreement, deal) Complete something in a satisfactory way. wind up

3 [wrap something up] Cover something in attractive paper.

Write down [write something down] Write something on a piece of paper.

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

 

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