3. walk all over someone - take advantage of someone,
win a game wasily
Example: They walked all over the other team at the football
4. walk away/off with - take and go away with, take away,
Example: Someone walked away with the computer from the library
5. walk of life - way of living, manner in which people live
Example: People from every walk of life came to the concert in the
6. walk on air - feel happy and excited
Example: She has been walking on all morning since she heard
that she had passed her exams.
7. walk out - leave suddenly
Example: Three people walked out of the meeting yesterday.
8. walk (all) over - make someone do whatever one wishes,
make sefish use of
Example: He tried to walk all over me when I began the job but after
I become used to the company he stopped.
9. warm one's heart - make one feel warm or excited
Example: The sight of the small boy looking after his dog warmed
the heart of the people on the street.
10. warm up - become friendly or interested
Example: His wife finally warmed up to the idea of going to
Mahabaleshwar for a holiday.
11. warm up - get ready for a game or other event by
exercising or practising
Example: We spent two hours warming up for the game on Saturday.
12. wash one's hands of - abandon, refuse responsibility for
Example: He washed his hands of the problem after they refused to
deal with it.
13. waste one's breath - speak pointlessly without the
Example: He is very stubborn and you are wasting your breath to try
and argue with him.
14. watch it - be careful (usually as a command)
Example: ''Watch it! That is going very fast and may hit you.''
15. water down - make weak, dilute
Example: The new policy was a watered down version of the earlier
16. water under the brige - something that happened in
the past and can't be changed
Example: if was terrible that your house was robbed but it is water
under the bridge now and you must move on.
17. way the wind blows - direction or course something
may go, what may happen
Example: We will have to see which way the wind blows as far as
our plans to go to Delhi or not.
18. wear and tear - damage as a result of ordinary use
Example: They put a lot of wear and tear on their car during their
19. wear down - make something become less useful or
smaller or weaker by wearing or aging
Example: Little by little the water wore down the rocks at the edge
of the river.
20. wear down - exhaust or tire someone out
Example: He was worn down after the meeting that took seven hours.
21. wear off/away - remove or disappear little by little by
use, time or weather
Example: The name on the front of my passport has worn off from
using it too much.
22. wear one's heart on one's sleeve - show one's feelings
Example: He was wearing his sleeve after the meeting
with his boss.
23. weed out - remove what is unwanted, get rid of
Example: I spent the morning out the clothes that I didn't
need any more.
24. weigh on/upon - be a weight or pressure on someone or
something, worry or upset someone
Example: The pressure of her exams has begun to weigh upon my
25. weigh one's words - be careful of what one says
Example: You should weigh your words carefully before you tell him
your decision to quit.
26. well and good - good, satisfactory
Example: It is well and good that he will go and talk to his supervisor
about the problem.
27. well-heeled - rich
Example: He seems rather well-heeled and is always wearing
expensive clothes and driving a nice car.
28. well-off - wealthy
Her parents are well-off and don't need to worry about
Example: money during their retirement.
29. well-to-do - having or making enough money to live
Example: He comes from a rather well-to-do family.
30. what about - about or concerning something
Example: I know that he wants to borrow my tent but what about my
31. (have) what it takes - ability for a job, courage
Example: He really has what it takes to be a success at his job.
32. what's up - what is happening, what is planned, what is
Example: ''What's up '',he said as he entered the room.
33. what's (up) with - what is happening/wrong, how is
Example: ''What's with the new supervisor? He seems very angry
34. what with - because, as a result of
Example: We wanted to go away for a holiday but what with the
move to a new building and the expansion we are too
busy to go anywhere.
35. when the chips are down - at the most important or
dangerous time, when the winner and loser of a bet or a
game will be decided
Example: When the chips are down he will always come and help
36. while away the time - make time go by pleasantly
Example: We spent the afternoon whiling away the time by the river.
37. whip up - make or do quikly or easily
Example: It was very late when we got home last night so we whipped
up something to eat very quickly.
38. whip up - make active, stir to action
Example: The union leader whipped up the crows with his speech.
39. whistle a different tune - change one's attituse,
contradict previous ideas
Example: He is whistling a different tune now that he has been
promoted and has responsibility for the office.
40. white elephant - a useless possession
Example: They are having a white elephant sale at the school next
41. white lie - a harmless lie (eg. told for the sake of
I told her a white lie when I said that I would be too busy
to meet her.
42. wide of the mark - far from the target or the thing aimed
Example: His ideas for the new company were wide of the mark
from what everyone expected.
43. will not hear of - will not allow or consider
Example: My aunt said that she will not hear of us staying at a hotel
whel we come to see her.
44. wild goose chase - absurd or hopeless search
Example: He led them all on a wild goose chase when he told them
about the sale at the computer store.
45. will power - strength of mind
Example: He has strong will power and was able to quit smoking
46. wind up - end, finish, settle
Example: Let's wind things up now and then we can all go home.
47. winning streak - a series of several wins one after the
Example: Our cricket team has been on a winning streak for several
48. wipe out - remove, kill or destroy completely
Example: The city spends a lot of money trying to wipe out rats near
49. wisecrack - sarcastic or nasty remark
Example: She made a funny wisecrack during the speech which
caused the auduence to start laughing.
50. wise guy - a person who acts as if he were smarter than
Example: He always acts like a wise guy when he is in a big group.
51. wise up to - finally understand what is really going on
after a period of ignorance
Example: He finally wised up to the fact that he was never going to
get a promotion in his company.
52. with flying colours - with great or total success
Example: I was able to pass my final exams with flying colours.
53. within reason - senible, reasonable
Example: I think that, within reason, you should be able to take as
much time off as you want to go to schoot.
54. with open arms - great someone warmly or eagerly
Example: My aunt uncle were at the airport to greet us with
55. wit's end - not knowing what to do, at the end of one's
Example: I have been at my wit's end all week trying to decide what
to wear to the party.
56. wolf in sheep's clothing - a person who pretends to be
good but really is bad
Example: He is a wolf in sheep's clothing and you should be very
careful when you have to deal with him.
57. word for word - in exactly the same words
Example: I told her word for word exactly what had happened before
58. word of mouth - passing informetion orally from one
person to another
Example: He heard about the new restaurant by word of mouth.
59. worked up - feeling excited, angry, worried
Example: He is all worked up about the fact he wasn't invited to
60. work out - end successfully, be efficient
Example: I hope that everything will work out for her when she moves
to Latur next week.
61. work out - solve, find an adswer to
Example: I was unable to work out the math problem on the final
62. work out - accomplish, arrange, plan
Example: Recently we wrked out a unique system for filling out our
expenses at work.
63. work out - exercise
Example: He spends most weekends working out at the health club.
64. work up - stir up, arouse, excite
Example: He really likers to work up a sweat when he does his
65. world is one's oyster - everything is possible for one,
one can get anything
Example: The world is her oyster now that she has received her
B.Tech. from IIT.
66. worth one's salt - worth what one is paid
Example: He is definitely worth his salt in our company and is one
of our best employees.
67. would just as soon - prefer to do one thing rather than
Example: She would just as soon stay at home as go to the movie.
68. wrap around one's have finger - have complete control over
someone and be able to make them do anything you want
Example: She has her boss wrapped around her finger and can do
anything that she wants.
69. wrapped up in - thinking only of, interested only in
Example: He is always wrapped up in playing with his computer
70. write off - remove ( an amount ) from a business record,
cancel ( a debt )
Example: The bank was forced to write off a large amount of its
71. write off - accept (a loss or trouble) and not worry any
more about it
Example: He was forced to write off his bad experience at his old
72. write up - write or describe in writing, give a full account
Example: After our trip to Goa I spent a couple of weeks trying to
write it up for a magazine.