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(insep) When you wade in, you start doing something in a determined or forceful
- After a few minutes the police waded in and
started to break the crowds up.
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
- It's amazing how much garbage
you have to wade through on the Internet before finding what you want.
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.
(insep) When you wait up, you don't go to bed because you're waiting
- 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.
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.
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.
Walk away from [Walk away from something].- 1 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.
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
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 something [Ward off something].- (insep) (attack, blow, cold,
disease, illness, danger, intruders, hunger, evel spirits, danger) 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.
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.
(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.
pain is beginning to wear off.
Wear on.- (insep) (meeting,
time, afternoon, week) When something wears on, it passes slowly: . Drag on,
Wear out.- When somebody
is worn out or they wear themselves out, they are very tired.
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
- 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.
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.
Wind down [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.
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.
Wind up [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.
about time employers wised up to the fact that staff who are happy
work more efficiently.
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
went for a walk alone to clear your mind and work off his meal.
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.
Work out [Work something out].-
Understand When you work something out, you mange to understand it.
couldn't work out how to switch the alarm off.
Work up [Work something up].- (appetite, enthusiasm, idea, support, sweat, thirst) 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.
Wrap up.- (insep)
When you wrap up, you put on warm clothes.
- Prepare for the worst, wrap up well, good boots, take rucksack, food, map etc
and be sensible, but have fun.
Wrap up [Wrap something up].- 1 When you wrap something up, you cover it in attractive paper.
you wish, we will wrap the parcel in gift wrap paper and include a personal
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.
Write down [Write something down].-
When you write something down, you write it on a piece of paper.
wasn't enough for her simply to hear new sounds or words. She had to
see them written down.