Dictionary: letter W
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- After a few minutes the police waded in and started to break the crowds up.
- She has waded in on the row.
- 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.
- I don't have the time or the patience to wait around for a bus, especially during the winter when it's cold.
- 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.
- In the 1980s, the world woke up to the threat of the ozone hole.
- One day they will wake up to the truth.
- 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 not be 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.
- Luckily, the driver walked away unharmed.
- Unfortunately, he didn't win the million but he did walk away with $10,000 in his pockets as a consolation prize.
- Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and done regularly you can walk off those excess pounds.
- He stopped and had a chat with her and then walked on.
- I can't let them walk all over me.
- 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.
- When washed down the sink, grease sticks to the insides of sewer pipes.
- Blockages are often caused by food scraps washed down the kitchen sink.
2 [wash something down] drink something with food
- It was a delicious hearty meal washed down with a pint of their local brew.
watch out for [watch out for something] (danger, difficulties, problems, pickpockets ) be careful with something
- What dangerous animals do I need to watch out for when hiking?
- Watch out for pickpockets.
water down 1 [water something down] add water to a drink so it's less strong
- I'm pretty sure they were watering down the drinks.
2 make something less extreme, forceful or controvesial
- Industrial lobbies are fighting hard to water down the law.
wave down [wave someone/something down] wave your hands to make a vehicle 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
- Martin waved him off at the station wondering when he was likely to see him again.
- He's in pain when the effect of the drugs he's taking starts to wear off.
- The pain is beginning to wear off.
- Dreams increase in bizarreness as the night wears on,
- I'm always tired, doctor. I'm absolutely worn out at the end of the day.
2 [wear something out] (clothes, shoes, boots, carpet, batteries, excuse, patience) be damaged because you have used something a lot
- Running on the road all of the time will wear out your shoes quicker.
- Once your shoes are worn out, they must be replaced.
- They intend to weed out those who abuse the system.
- 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.
well up (insep) (tears, anger) start to show an emotion
- Tear began to well up in his eyes.
- That's when he welled up.
weigh down be too heavy to carry or worry you
- We are sometimes weighed down by the pressure of life.
weigh up [weigh something up] (pros & cons, benefits) consider think about something carefully before taking a decision
- You will have to weigh up the benefits with other factors such as cost.
- They wheeled out the old arguments.
- You could always wheel out the same old dinner jacket you wore last year.
- The White House has waged a massive lobbying effort to whip up support for the plan.
win over [win someone over] manage to make someone like or accept you
- Stop trying so hard to win her over and gain her attention.
- 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] gradually reduce activity until something stops completely
- The board of directors voted to wind down the business after learning orders continued to drop in the second quarter.
- If you do that, you could wind up in jail or find yourself being sued for millions.
2 annoy [wind someone up] say or do things to annoy or make someone 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?
- The village was wiped out by a disastrous flood.
- Overfishing can wipe out stocks worldwide.
- It's about time employers wised up to the fact that staff who are happy work more efficiently.
- We cannot wish away our problems.
- The government has been wittling away at our right for years.
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
- He went for a walk alone to clear your mind and work off his meal.
- 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 understand [work something out] manage to understand something
- I couldn't work out how to switch the alarm off.
3 [work something out] (plan, proposal, agreement) plan something 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) gradually develop something
- 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.
- 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) complete something 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] cover something in attractive paper
- Wrap the present up and leave it under the tree.
- He's trying to wriggle out of its commitments.
- The insurance company was trying to wriggle out of their obligations.
- 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) write something 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.