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wait and seeTo wait and see literally means to wait by biding your time for certain events to occur or for something to run its course and then see what happens. It is somewhat of a literal and figurative phrase where you may be literally waiting and seeing with your eyes what happens or when used figuratively, you are waiting for something to happen but you arent seeing it with your eyes; simply waiting for the end result.
waiting for his ship to come inIf someone is waiting for his ship to come in it is not necessarily literal where is actually standing at a port or harbor for his ship to arrive, but rather waiting around for opportunities rather than doing the work and going out to make those opportunities happen for him. This is another way to say this person just waits around for someone to come to him and give him good things rather than working for them.
waiting for the other shoe to dropWaiting for the other shoe to drop is another way to say you are deferring action or decision and not doing anything until a different matter is finished or resolved. It means when there is a certain decision to be made or some kind of dilemma to be resolved, you would rather wait for other, possibly unrelated, things to occur before you will make a move or come up with a choice that pertains to the previous situation.
waiting in the wingsTo be waiting in the wings means you are waiting around and ready to be used or employed instead of someone or something else. Usually someone who is waiting in the wings is a second choice, where someone else was chosen first for something, such as a job, but if it doesnt work out with that person, you will then step up and take charge before you are entirely prepared for this job or situation.
waiting with baited breathTo be waiting with baited breath means you are waiting for something to occur while holding your breath. It is not usually a literal term, though the phrase baited breath does mean to literally hold your breath. However this idiom is more for someone who is waiting very patiently and anxious for something to happen or someone to arrive. It can be used in a variety of situations where you are waiting, figuratively while holding your breath.
wake the deadWake the dead is a phrase which means to be so loud that you would be waking people who are dead, the most soundly people, or sleepers. It does not literally mean your volume is going to wake people who are dead but a way to exaggerate exactly how loud you are being that you mine as well be waking up people who are sleeping so soundly that they are practically dead. It is most commonly said to someone as a way to convince them to speak in lower volumes.
wake up and smell the coffeeWake up and smell the coffee is an expression sometimes said by someone who wants you to try to pay attention to what is going on. Smelling the coffee is symbolic in this idiom because it is referring to the act of waking up in the morning to the smell of coffee and also how coffee is associated with being more alert to your surroundings. So when someone tells you to wake up and smell the coffee, they mean to pay more attention to what is going on around you.
waking up on the wrong side of the bedTo wake up on the wrong side of the bed means to be very grumpy, moody, or irritable in the morning as well as someone who will be easily annoyed by other people and things. This is usually a phrase said to someone in the early hours who seems to be in a very bad mood since they woke up, to which someone will humorously say to them they must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed that morning.
waking up with the chickensWaking up with the chickens means to wake up very early in the morning. The reason it relates to chickens is because chickens and many other farm animals are known to wake up extremely early, usually right when the sun rises. They also make loud noises which will wake up people who are near them. Figuratively, the idiom is used to describe anyone who is waking up practically at sunrise.
walk softly and carry a big stickTo walk softly and carry a big stick is an older proverb which means to be advising the tactic of caution and non-aggression or non aggressive behavior and to be backed up the ability to do violence should it be required. This phrase means that you should walk softly and practice caution so that you could hopefully get through some sort of dilemma without using aggressive behavior, but also be prepared if you do need to take action.
walking on airTo be walking on air means that you are very happy, possibly to the point where you are feeling euphoric about something. Someone who is walking on air, is feeling so light and happy that they are in almost a dream like state and seem to be walking so lightly through this euphoric state, it is almost like they are walking on air. This can be a feeling someone has, or an expression said to someone else acting very happy.
walking on sunshineWalking on sunshine is a popular catch phrase which means to be very happy. It is another way of explaining how happy you are or to make an observation of how happy someone else is. The reason they are happy could be absolutely anything, but the phrase is used for someone who is so happy and content with their life they seem almost euphoric about everything around them.
was my face redWas my face red is an idiom used by someone who is saying they were very embarrassed. When someone gets embarrassed, especially someone very fair skinned, they actually show it visually with a bright red face on the cheeks and sometimes forehead or nose. Figuratively, the phrase is used during a story where someone speaks about something embarrassing that happened to them, and follows it by saying was my face red.
wash your mouth out with soapWash your mouth out with soap is an older phrase which is said when you want to make it a point that someone should stop using profanity, lying, biting, tobacco use or a type of verbal disrespect. While all of these occurrences are accurate for the use of this phrase, it is most commonly said to someone using profane or vulgar language. It comes from the idea that parents would punish their child for speaking in this manner by literally putting a bar of soap in their mouth.
waste not, want notWaste not, want not is a common idiom used to describe the importance of not wasting things. People who follow by this general rule in life typically end up lacking much less because they choose not to waste anything. For instance, people who never waste food will save their leftovers and eventually end up saving money on food because they grocery shop less than someone who throws away the leftovers.
watch and waitTo watch and wait means to try and be patient and wait to do something for a later time. This is another way of saying you should wait and see because you are typically waiting for something to happen before you make any further actions in this particular situation. If you are watching and waiting, you may be literally watching someone or something while waiting for it to occur, or this might be speaking in more of a figurative sense.
watch your tongueWatch your tongue is an idiom sometimes said by someone when you are saying something rude, vulgar, or insulting or possibly when you are caught using foul language such as curse words. It is typically a way someone will tell you to pay attention to what you are saying, most often a parent or adult telling this to a child or an inferior. It is another way of telling someone to be quiet when using that language.
watching the clockWatching the clock is a phrase used for someone who keeps looking at the clock as if they are watching it to see what time it is, usually because they eager to stop what they are doing or because they are anxious for doing something at a certain time. The expression is most often used for someone who is waiting for something unpleasant to be over in order to do something more enjoyable, and they keep watching the clock.
water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drinkWater, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink is an old phrase which comes from an old rhyming song spoken about a mariner who was stuck in the middle of the sea and even though he was surrounded by water, he could not drink it because people cannot drink sea water without becoming sick and dehydrated. The entire rhyme goes water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink which was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
way to go Einstein!Way to go Einstein! Is an expression said most often in a sarcastic tone to somebody who has done or said something not at all brilliant even though Albert Einstein was a known genius. When someone uses this phrase in response to something done or said, they mean it in a sarcastic way which is to say the opposite and point out that they in fact did not act like Einstein, but did something very unintelligible.
wearing nothin but his birthday suitWearing nothin but his birthday suit is an older phrase which speaks about someone who was naked, as in not wearing anything at all. For many years, the term birthday suit has been a kinder and more polite yet slightly humorous way of calling someone naked. This goes back to your first birthday in that when you were first born, you were naked. Therefore someone wearing his birthday suit, is wearing nothing at all.
wears her heart on her sleeveIf someone wears her or his heart on their sleeve it means this is the type of person who is very open with their thoughts and feelings, not bothering to hide them or keep much of anything private. It is usually speaking generally about how a person acts habitually, rather than just on one or two specific occasions. A person who wears their heart on their sleeve is very open with their feelings and how they feel towards other people.
weather the stormTo weather the storm means to experience something very difficult and survive it. This is most often relating to a situation which was very troublesome and difficult to get through, such as a storm, but somehow they managed to overcome it and survive it. It is not to say they do not have any bumps or bruises (literally or figuratively) but in the end, they still survived this figurative or literal storm and came out successfully.
web of intrigueA web of intrigue is typically a phrase used for the activity of plotting or scheming against someone or something, such as an organization. This idiom is used for any type of plot or scheme in which one group of people is after another group of people. It can also be used for situations not involving scheming against people at all, such as a situation where someone wants to get ahead and they create a web of intrigue to be successful.
welcome to the clubWelcome to the club is a popular expression said by someone who wants to indicate that the person has spoken the same type of thing as the speaker, or who has said something that another person agrees with. When you say something, and the response is welcome to the club this usually means you have made a statement of fact that is true for other people to, even though you may have felt that you were the only one.
well cross that bridge when we come to itWell cross that bridge when we come to it is an idiom which refers to something you say in order to tell someone else that you will not worry about a specific type of problem unless it happens. This usually means that someone else has brought up potential issues with the current situation, but because there is no use worrying about it unless it happens, you will say that you will cross that bridge when you come to it.
well this is a fine how do you doWell this is a fine how do you do is a common, yet older, phrase which means that there is a somewhat surprising and unpleasant situation. It is usually spoken in a vague, modest and negative tone with some sarcastic implications at something that has just been seen or heard. Perhaps someone heard some news that was unpleasant and surprising but they want to show a lack of emotion, and they might say that was a fine how do you do.
went belly upsomeone or something has gone belly up, it usually means that it has failed in some way. The most common way to use this idiom is in regards to a new or older business that has unfortunately failed and probably gone bankrupt, also known as going out of business. Another way to say some place has gone out of business is to say it has gone belly up. The phrase can also be used for a variety of other situations where something has failed.
went over like a lead balloonIf something went over like a lead balloon it means that it has gone over very badly or failed completely. This is to say that a situation or a possible resolution to a problem did not in fact resolve the situation or problem at all. A lead balloon is never successful and will most likely fail which is where the origin of this idiom comes from. Whenever something fails, whether it is someone trying to win a competition, or a business not going well, someone might say it has gone over like a lead balloon.
went storming off in a huffWent storming off in a huff is an expression used for someone who has just walked away in a very irritated or annoyed state. This person usually has just seen or heard something that was very upsetting to them and therefore will walk off in a huff. A huff has long since been used for someone who is outwardly upset about something and so it is therefore relating to being upset in this idiom.
went through the roofIf someone or something has gone through the roof, it means that they have become very angry or upset about something. While this phrase can be used in reference to a wide variety of situations, it is most commonly used when speaking about a person who has become so angry, in a way that is very obvious to other people and may include some type of verbal anger or angry outbursts.
were not in Kansas anymoreTo say were not in Kansas anymore means that the person or group of people is no longer in comfortable and quiet surroundings. Typically it is said when a group of people enters an environment, building, or location which is very different from where they grew up or what they are normally accustomed to. The phrase originates from the movie The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy says this to her dog when she is in a very new place.
were really going to townWere really going to town is a common expression used by someone when speaking about working very hard or very effectively and may be spoken about themselves or used in response to hard work done by someone else, where they will say youre really going to town. No matter what context or connotations the idiom is used in, it means to work very hard at something with vigilance and determination.
were sitting ducksWere sitting ducks is another way to describe an obvious or unconcealed target. This is most often speaking about a group of people who are in a much compromised situation and they might be attacked, whether literally or figuratively, at any moment because they are not concealed at all. Sitting ducks is relating to games where ducks are the target, such as shooting games at a county fair.
wet behind the earsTo be wet behind the ears means to be very young and inexperienced in the way the world works, and often spoken in regards to sexual situations or other situations where only adults understand how everything works out in reality. To be wet behind the ears is any situation in where someone or a group of people are more experienced than the rest of the group, and they are often known as being na
weve hit paydirtWeve hit paydirt is another way of saying that you have discovered something of value. This idiom is derived from the action of digging in dirt for valuable things, such as people who do this for a lving or are looking for oil or gemstones or other types of valuable things under the ground. This phrase is used figuratively when speaking of any instance in which you intentionally or accidentally have discovered something of monetary value.
what a bummer
what a tangled web we weaveWhat a tangled web we weave (when we practice to deceive) is a common phrase used for describing that deception is a false reality imposed on a true reality. What this means it that it is a fragile and complex weaving of truthful things where half of the things are truths, and half of things are some type of lies and lies of omission. The originaly saying says what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive.
what a way to goWhat a way to go is a phrase used as a cliche in which someone wants to encourage someone to continue the good work. The same exact phrase can be used as a response to someone who has died in a very unfortunate, unexpected or surprising way. The phrase says the exact same thing but with a different tone of voice and different connotations. Using this idiom as a way to describe a good job is more common.
what are you stewing about?What are you stewing about? Is an idiom which acts as a question to someone who seems to be overly worried about something in a very obvious way. Stewing about something typically means the person is concentrating only on the thing they are currently worried about and not really paying attention to much else. It is usually in a very outgoing and obvious way, perhaps by talking about it often.
what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Is an expression that is asking the other person what they have just said because of how it is completely unrelated to the topic at hand. For instance if one specific topic is brought up and the other person brings up a fact or statement about something completely unrelated to the topic, they might respond with asking what it has to do with the price of tea in China.
what doesnt kill you makes you strongerWhat doesnt kill you makes you stronger, which is actually a quite inaccurate concept, is the idea that when you go through something very terrible but survive this thing, that it will make you a stronger person. The meaning behind it is one which comes with two different circumstances; the first is the negative effect of this horrid event which might make you lose part of yourself through the ordeal, and the second is more positive where you might learn from it.
what goes around comes aroundWhat goes around comes around is a phrase that means that the status of something eventually returns to its original value after completing the same sort of cycle. For instance, if you do something to someone else, good or bad, it will most likely come back to you in the same manner. This is used most often in the negative, such as describing the way that if you do something bad to someone else, they might come back and do the same bad thing to you.
what in tarnation?What in tarnation is an idiom which was originated in the southern states of the United States, primarily those south of the Mason Dixon line. It is a phrase that is used to describe surprising or shocking situations as an expression to something being done or said which is very surprising to you. It is another way to say what the hell was that? This idiom is used to express your surprise for something that has just occurred.
what on earth is wrong with you?What on earth is wrong with you is an expression that is used in the literal sense where you are asking what is wrong with someone. The phrase is speaking about someone doing or saying something so startling and that someone most likely does not agree with, and using the word Earth because they cant imagine anyone on the planet would ever think to do or say this intentionally.
what the dickens?What the dickens? Is a question asked as a cliched term which is similar to what the heck or what the hell and very commonly said when something has just occurred that is very surprising. It is usually followed by an expression of puzzlement and awe by something you have just seen or heard. It is not necessarily used for a surprising negative thing, because it is most commonly when someone is more puzzled or curious than angry about it.
what the heck (hell)?What the heck (hell)? Is a phrase which is used as an expression to show surprise at something you have seen or heard. While this is used in many of the occurrences, it can also be used for other types f situations such as an expression for when you decide you might want to try something or to do something even if you werent entirely sure you wanted to do it.
what you see is what you getWhat you see is what you get is a phrase which literally means what you are looking at is exactly what you are going to get. The phrase is typically used when you are looking at an item or product of some kind and the shopkeeper or seller wants you to know this is exactly what you will get. However, it can also be used more figuratively to describe other instances where what you see is what you get.
whatever floats your boatWhatever floats your boat is what some people say when they mean that you should do whatever makes you happy, even if others might not entirely agree with it. It is another way of saying to go ahead and do what you want, if that is what you have chosen to do. It is also commonly said in response to someone asking if they do something or use a certain item of yours.
whatever tickles your fancyWhatever tickles your fancy is an idiom in the English language which means that if someone appeals to you and you want to try it, to go ahead. Tickling your fancy is generally used for anything which interests you greatly and that you will enjoy, whether you have done or tried this thing before or not. When someone says whatever tickles your fancy, it is usually in response to someone showing interest in something.
whatever turns you onWhatever turns you on is a common phrase that means whatever pleases or excites you is perfectly acceptable in this situation. This is typically told to someone in response to this person asking if they can use a particular item which belongs to someone else, or perhaps to do something they might need permission for such as watching something on television or listening to a certain song.
whats a little ______ among friendsWhats a little ______ among friends in which the blank may be any variety of words, is a way to say it is no big deal that this thing is happening between them because they are close friends, and friends can deal with anything that comes their way. For instance, if someone says whats a little fight among friends they might have been having a disagreement but its not a big deal because at the end of the day, they are still good friends.
whats cookin good lookin?Whats cookin good lookin? is a very common phrase which asks about the current events of someone who is very attractive. This phrase originates from the comical use of the word when speaking about what it was like to live in the 1940s and 1950s when women generally stayed home to take care of the house and cook the meals for the family; the husband would say this as he walked in the door. However in modern day language, it is used figuratively for asking about what is going on lately.
whats going down?Whats going down? Is another way to ask what is happening or going on at this particular moment of time, and another way to ask what is up? or whats happening. By saying whats going down, it is simply another way to word an expression which means basically the same thing as many other idioms.
whats good for the goose is good for the ganderWhats good for the goose is good for the gander is an idiom which means what is good for a man is equally good for a woman. In other words, any woman can do anything a man can do and have anything they have; the opposite is also true. This phrase comes from the ancient proverb which says whats sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. This is one of the earliest references to equality between men and women.
whats not to like?Whats not to like? Is an idiom which is in the shape of a rhetorical question which is suggesting that what is being spoken of is without fault and that someone listening to it agrees with it. By asking whats not to like, this person is saying there isnt anything not to like, which the opposite means they do indeed like it. It can be used in a variety of situations and for nearly any question or statement you can think of.
wheeler-dealerA wheeler-dealer is a shrewd or unscrupulous and dishonest person who knows exactly how to get around certain difficulties in order for their own person gain. A wheeler dealer is a slang term for this type of person which they may be referencing and who is generally this dishonest and shrewd type of person. The phrase is also used for a wheeler and dealer in various types of card games.
when hell freezes overWhen hell freezes over is a statement that might be said in order to say that you will not get your desired result ever, or when the chances of something happen is very slim or there is no chance at all. Since hell is referenced as being very hot, such as the fiery depths of hell then hell would mot certainly never freeze over; this statement is said as a way to exaggerate how slim the chances are.
when in doubt, puntWhen in doubt, punt is a common idiom that is usually applied to a variety of situations where the optimal outcome is unlikely and the safer course of action involves a lot of luck as well as skill. In punting, it is done during a very specific part of a football game and not only involves some skill, but also a good deal of luck. This idiom is used figuratively to describe the same type of situation where you need both luck and skill.
when in Rome, do as Romans doWhen in Rome, do as Romans do is a very common cliched term you most likely have heard at least once in your life. What it means is that under certain circumstances, you should abide by the customs of that society or group if you are a visitor there. It is usually a way of saying you should be polite and also advantageous, but the phrase can also be used simply to say when you are in a new place, you should try new things.
when it rains, it poursWhen it rains, it pours is a very common idiom that means when things go wrong, a lot of other things that are wrong follow it or are going to happen at the same time. This is usually an idiom said by someone who has been recently going through a lot of troubles that happened after one troubling event, whether it was a small thing or one that may be deemed catastrophic. This person is having a negative attitude because of how many bad things happened at the same time.
when life gives you lemons make lemonadeWhen life gives you lemons make lemonade is an older idiom which refers to the fact that you should make do with what you have by turning it into something positive. For instance, in this example, someone is given lemons and although they may have not wanted them, they can still make lemonade with them. It is to say in life you may be handed something unexpected, but it doesnt mean it cant benefit you in some way.
when pigs flyWhen pigs fly is an idiom which means that you will not get something when you want it or are expecting it or when someone else does not want something for you. This is often used as an impolite refusal to do something for someone else, or when someone invites you somewhere, whether as a friend or on a romantic date, you refuse by using this slightly colorful phrase rather than simply saying no.
when push comes to shoveWhen push comes to shove is a phrase which refers to the importance of becoming more active and intense when things go badly or when the situation becomes more intense itself. It is another way of saying that when things get a little (or a lot) pressed, you simply must be more forceful with it through more strenuous work and activity in order to get through it or to get something done.
when the cats away, the mouse will playWhen the cats away, the mouse will play is an idiom that is referring to the fact that when no one who is in authority is present, the subordinates will do as they please. It is referencing a pet cat and mouse in someones home, where when the cat is gone, the mouse feels free to come out from their hiding and roam the house. The idiom is used most often in situations like work where there is a boss and subordinates.
when the chips are downWhen the chips are down is an idiom which speaks of the importance of trusting certain types of people because this is when you truly see what type of person they are. Typically it happens in a difficult or dangerous situation which will test other people to see their opinions, thoughts, and how they will react to it. No matter how you thought they would act before, you never really know until the chips are down.
when the going gets tough, the tough get goingWhen the going gets tough, the tough get going is a very common idiom used for several years that means when things get difficult, the strongest of people will take action rather than complaining or despairing about the situation. This is often used to encourage others to take action, and show them that when the situation is tough, they must be tough to get going and get something done.
where do you draw the line?Where do you draw the line is an idiom posed as a question that is setting a limit to something and deciding when a limit has been reached. Drawing the line can be pertaining to practically any type of situation where a limit or line, needs to be reached. For instance, perhaps you need to draw the line at how far someone is willing to go in a certain type of bad situation; this will be the limit of what they are able to do.
where the rubber meets the roadWhere the rubber meets the road is a phrase which is speaking of the most important point for something, or the moment of truth for any given situation. For instance, an athlete may train all day for a race, but the actual race itself is when they will know how good they really are and if all that training did well for them; the race will be where the rubber meets the road. This can be used in a wide variety of situations.
where theres smoke theres fireWhere theres smoke theres fire is a phrase that originates from the fact that when you see smoke, you know there is a fire somewhere, which most likely means a dangerous situation. When used figuratively, the idiom when theres smoke theres fire, means that if there are signs that something is wrong, then you can pretty much guess something is going on otherwise why would there be showing signs of it?
wheres the beef?A wildly popular catchphrase from a 1984 Wendys commercial starring Clara Peller , where she ordered from a fictional competitor and was given a big hamburger bun with a tiny hamburger patty. so asked, in an outraged tone, that famous question. That same year Democratic candidate Walter Mondale ridiculed his opponent Senator Gary Hart by using the phrase during a televised debate, implying you have lots of ideas, but they have no meat in them
whew!Whew! Is an expression which shows a good deal of surprise, or even relief, or a feeling of being extremely hot or tired. This phrase is used as an expression for many different feelings with just the one word, many of which are determined based on the tone of their voice and what they were busy doing before then. Most often this person has just done something, like a strenuous activity, and is relieved its over.
while away the hoursTo while away the hours means to pass time slowly or idly and in an unpleasant way. This is another way of saying someone is not enjoying themselves as they waste time, wait for something to happen, or are simply trying to find something to do to pass the time but dont have many options. Whiling away the hours is more about not doing much while time passes you by, rather than trying to wait for something anxiously.
whistle in the darkWhistle in the dark is an idiom which means to guess aimlessly where you have no idea what the answer could be, or to speculate as to a fact of something when you dont know the truth of it. Whistling in the dark is referring to being somewhere you cant see a thing, and whistling for someone or something, that you cant at all see. The phrase is used figuratively to describe a situation where you dont know the answer, but guess anyway
white as a sheetTo be white as a sheet means to become very pale and white because you were startled or frightened. This idiom is referring to a ghost who would be extremely pale, but instead of saying white as a ghost, they say white as a sheet as in the old days when ghost costumes were mad eof white sheets. Used figuratively, it is an expression for someone who seems to have the color drained from their face because they were scared or startled by something.
who could forget?Who could forget is an idiom posed as a question, usually rhetorically, which is a way of saying nobody could possibly forget about something that has been said or has occurred because it was so surprising or off-the-wall or even so terrible it remains in everyones mind. It tends to be said most often when people are reminding someone of something they would rather forget or not be reminded of any longer.
who died and made you king?Who died and made you king is a sarcastic idiom which acts as an expression when someone is acting like they have all the power and are able to give orders to everyone, when they dont actually have the right to do so. Any type of group of people is trying to get through a situation, such as a dilemma, one person often bosses everyone around giving them orders even though they dont have the power to do so.
who has everything?Who has everything is an idiom phrased as a rhetorical question and asked in a very sarcastic manner which is usually said in response to someone whining or complaining they dont have certain things. By asking them, rhetorically, who has everything, they are meaning to say that nobody has everything so there is no point in complaining about not having everything because it is just not possible.
who pissed in your Cheerios?Who pissed in your Cheerios? Is a sarcastic idiom phrased as a question which is usually said in response to someone who seems to be in a very bad mood, as if they might be in a bad mood because someone literally urinated into his bowl of cereal in the morning. Of course this is in no way a literal phrase, but a way to ask why they were in such a bad mood, as in what could have happened to cause it.
whoever dies with the most toys winsWhoever dies with the most toys wins is an idiom which refers to the fact that the person with the most toys in the end, such as in dying, will win. It is actually not a literal phrase meaning that someone who dies with a lot of things, wins some type of game; but a way to insist you dont need a lot of things because when you die none of your material possessions will matter anyway.
whole hogThe whole hog means the whole way or to the fullest extent of something. When someone refers to something as being the whole hog, they mean to say it is the whole, most complete, and fullest way, direction, or extent of something. This can be used in a wide variety of situations where your intent is to say it is all of something, and not partial in any way.
whole other storyWhole other story is an idiom which is usually said to say what you are speaking of is something else entirely. Typically it is said during a story or conversation in which during it, you or someone else speaks about a certain subject or situation that relates to this topic but is swaying from the point of your story. By saying that it is a whole other story, it is to say you will not speak of it now because it will start an entirely new story or topic of conversation.
why do today what you can put off til tomorrowWhy do today what you can put off til tomorrow is actually the opposite of what the phrase was intended to say. The original idiom says Dont put off until tomorrow what you can do today as a way to say you should not delay and do the things you need to do as soon as possible. This phrase however says the opposite more for comedic value to encourage people to procrastinate on their responsibilities.
why dont we all chip in?Why dont we all chip in is an idiom phrased as a question which is asked of a group of people with helping out someone else, usually of a monetary value. This is often said to any group of people, such as work, school, neighbors, or family members at a party and primarily to help someone else with some type of financial struggle. It may also be to bring their money together and buy a more expensive item or gift for someone.
will wonders never cease?Will wonders never cease is an idiom which is referring to a surprise of something that has been does or said, and the expression is most often used in an iron way. For instance, if a certain person is always late wherever he goes and then during a certain social occasion or event, this person is on time, someone might say wonders will never cease, because it is a wonder and a surprise he is on time to some place.
willy nillyWilly nilly is an older phrase that has two meaning which are related but slightly different, and what it will mean depends largely on the situation it is referring to and its associated connotations. The first meaning is that something is against your will and the second meaning is that something is unplanned or done in a haphazard fashion. The most common one is the second meaning, though the first is sometimes used as well.
win friends and influenceWin friends and influence comes from a variety of books and movies and is used in its literal form. When someone says to win friends and influence, they are referring to doing or saying something in whatever situation it is referring to, and that if they do this things they will win both friends and influence. It may be deemed as a positive thing, or occasionally, as something being negative because of their tactics.
win one for the GipperWin one for the Gipper is a phrase which originally came from the game of football in the 1920s when a player called George Gipp was the star player of the Notre Dame team. The story is that Gipp fell ill in the middle of a season in the 1920s and ended up dying from his illness, and the coach promised that if the team looked to be losing, he would inspire them with this phrase. It is now used as a way to encourage others to do their best.
winning isnt everythingWinning isnt everything is an idiom which is used to encourage players to enjoy the game they are playing and remember why they wanted to play it in the first place, rather than only wanting to win the game. It is another way of saying to enjoy the game, not the sport in the terms of competition. This idiom is often said to encourage players to enjoy themselves and to do their best.
wisdom of the agesWisdom of the ages is a phrase used when referring to the fact that with age, comes a good deal of wisdom through experience and lessons learned. This is another way to say that the older a person is, the more they have aged, and therefore the more wise they are through this wisdom and life experience.
wish on a starWish on a star is a phrase which is often used in reference to someone literally looking up at a star and making a wish due to the thought that this can make a wish or a dream come true. People have been doing this for decades, maybe even centuries, and the term has gradually become a cliched phrase which refers to any act of hoping or wishing or dreaming for something to happen to them.
with all of my heartWith all of my heart is the cliche which means to do something very sincerely. If someone says they will do something or mean something they say with all of their heart, they mean it is truthful and they are being completely sincere with their words. It is a way to reassure someone they arent just words for the sake of saying them, but it is how they really feel.
with one hand tied behind my backWith one hand tied behind my back is a common phrase that means they can accomplish something very easily, so easy in fact they could practically do it with one hand tied behind their back. By referring to tying a hand behind their back, they are saying they dont even need both hands or all of their strength to get it done. It is used figuratively to describe how well something can be done by them.
wolf at the doorWolf at the door is a phrase which means that the threat of poverty is upon you. However while most relatable to poverty in the general since, many people also use this idiom to describe the fact that they have a lot of bill collectors hounding them, through telephone or mail. The wolf at the door has long since been known as someone coming to your home (not always literally) and asking for payment of something.
women and children firstWomen and children first is a saying that shows that the lives of women and children are more previous and these people should be saved first if the lives of a group of people are at stake. Any time there is a situation where men, women and children are all in danger, it is the more noble and polite thing to allow the women and children to escape first, leaving the men to do the fighting and protecting.
words failWords fail is typically something you say when you are very surprised or shocked by something and you really have no idea what to say about it. By saying words fail you, it is a literal saying that you really have no words and words are failing you literally. This thing may be very shocking as in something bad or it can be something very good but you are so surprised and startled by it, you have yet to form a coherent sentence.
work like a dogTo work like a dog means to work exceptionally hard, or to have someone force you to work very hard. Working like a dog has long since been related to working hard, though the origin of this meaning is somewhat unknown. You might hear this phrase spoken by someone who is being pushed to put a lot of effort into something, almost to the point where they feel forced but do it anyway.
world wearyTo be world weary means you are literally weary about the world in general, bored with life and just tired of everything in the world. It is somewhat of an exaggerative phrase because most people who are known to be world weary, have of course not seen much of the world aside from their own country. However, its often used for anyone who seems to be tired and bored of everything around them.
worst nightmareWorst nightmare is an idiom phrase which means the worst thing that could have possibly happened, has indeed happened. Someones worst nightmare is usually whatever someone thinks would be the absolute worst thing to do, hear or experience. However it varies based on the person; one persons worst nightmare is not necessarily the same for someone else.