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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Alphabetical List of Idioms - W, page 10
from:  'worlds apart'   to:  'written all over'

  • worlds apart
    • When two people are very different from each other in their attitudes, needs, opinions, etc. they are said to be worlds apart.
      "As regards our political opinions, we are worlds apart."

  • worm one's way out of
    • If a person worms their way out of something, they use artful or devious means in order to avoid participating in it.
      "You're not going to worm your way out of this. You must do your share!"

  • even a worm will turn
    • This expression means that even someone who never complains will react to an intolerable situation.
      "Don't treat him so severely. He never protests, but even a worm will turn!"

  • worm's eye view
    • To offer a worm's eye view of a situation is to give your opinion based on what you see at close range from an inferior position, so it is therefore not a general view.
      "I'm not sure I can be of much help. I can only offer you a worm's eye view of the situation."

  • the worse for wear
    • If someone or something is the worse for wear, they are in poor condition, either worn, damaged or tired.
      "He came back from New York rather the worse for wear!"

  • worth one's salt
    • Someone who is worth their salt is a person who deserves respect because they do their job well.
      "Any inspector worth their salt would have checked the papers carefully."

  • worth its weight in gold
    • Someone or something that is worth their weight in gold is so useful, helpful or beneficial that they are considered to be of great value.
      "We couldn't run the farm without him. He's worth his weight in gold."

  • worth your while
    • If something is worth your while, it is a useful thing to do and deserves the time spent on it.
      "It would be well worth your while to attend the seminar."

  • wouldn't be caught dead
    • If someone says that they wouldn't be seen or caught dead in a particular place or doing something, they mean that they would be too ashamed or embarrassed.
      "My seven-year-old son thinks he's a big boy. He wouldn't be caught dead holding my hand."

  • wound up
    • If someone is so excited that they talk non-stop, they are wound up.
      "Claire had so much to tell us after her trip that she was wound up."

  • wrap your brain around
    • If you concentrate on something in an effort to understand, you wrap your brain around it.
      "I need a translation of this report urgently, so wrap your brain around it fast!"

  • wrapped up in
    • If you wrapped up in an activity, you are totally concentrated on it.
      "Emma was so wrapped up in her work that she didn't realize her colleagues had all left."

  • wrapped up in cotton wool
    • Someone who is wrapped up in cotton wool is over-protected from dangers and risks.
      "Their children are kept wrapped up in cotton wool."

  • writing on the wall
    • This refers to a situation where there are signs showing that a problem is going to occur.
      "We all knew Larry was going to lose his job, but he refused to see the writing on the wall."

  • written all over your face
    • When someone's feelings or thoughts are very clear, you can say that they are written all over their face.
      "Her affection for her grandson was written all over the old lady's face."

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