Idioms beginning with W

wrap one’s head around

Meaning: to understand and appreciate.

Example: It can be hard to wrap your head around what exactly happened. Read on

willy-nilly

Meaning: something that happens when the people involved do not want it to occur.

Example: Each side was drawn willy-nilly into the battle. Read on

watchdog

Meaning: one who protects against loss, corruption, waste, or objectionable practices.

Example: Professor Smith was doing a lot of watchdogging during the mid-term exams at Polk High. Read on

busy as a beaver

Meaning: work very hard and actively.

Example: I often find my husband in the garage, busy as a beaver, working on some new project. Read on

wild card

Meaning: an opportunity to participate in a sporting event without having to compete in qualifying matches or be ranked at a certain level.

Example: Nobody can guess what Mark is going to do next. He's always been a bit of a wild card. Read on

wide berth

Meaning: avoid (a person, place, or circumstance)

Example: When walking through the yard, make sure you leave a wide berth for the dog, or he may bite you. Read on

word of mouth

Meaning: oral communication

Example: To truly create the right buzz about this movie, we need to get the required word of mouth going in this city. Read on

wane

Meaning: a period of decline or reduction

Example: With his health on the wane, the coal worker had to take better care of himself. Read on

where the rubber meets the road

Meaning: when you have to face your challenges

Example: John had an excellent idea for a project, but his colleagues weren't sure what would happen where the rubber meets the road. Read on

waiting time

Meaning: a period of time from when action is requested to when it happens

Example: The waiting time for non-urgent surgery seems to be on the increase over the last five years. Read on

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get to know

Meaning: receiving the information

Example: It took me a while to get to know my in-laws and understanding their lifestyle. Read on

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