A TO Z IDIOMS

Idioms beginning with W

  • Waiting in the Wings

    Meaning: Ready to assume responsibilities but not yet active, ready to become a successor

  • Waka-Jumping

    Meaning: Change political parties (said of politicians themselves)

  • Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

    Meaning: Stop deluding yourself

  • Wake Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed

    Meaning: Be grumpy or ill-humored. Generally used in past tense

  • Walk on Eggshells

    Meaning: To have to act very sensitively in order to avoid offending someone

  • Walk the Plank

    Meaning: Be forced to resign a position

  • Wandering Eye

    Meaning: A tendency to look at and desire women or men other than one’s committed romantic partner

  • Wandering Eye

    Meaning: A tendency to look at and desire women or men other than one’s committed romantic partner

  • Wash Your Hands of (Something)

    Meaning: Decline to take further responsibility; refuse to be involved with something anymore

  • Water Under the Bridge

    Meaning: Something in the past that’s no longer worth worrying about

  • Watering Hole

    Meaning: A place where alcoholic beverages are served, a bar

  • Weekend Warrior

    Meaning: Someone who has an office job but enjoys contact sports on weekends; a member of a military reserve force (whose exercises are typically on weekends)

  • We’ll Cross That Bridge

    Meaning: When We Come to It We’ll deal with that problem if and when it comes up

  • Welsh (Welch) on a Deal

    Meaning: Not observe the terms of an agreement

  • Wet Behind the Ears

    Meaning: inexperienced, immature, new to something

  • Wet Behind the Ears

    Meaning: Inexperienced, immature, new to something

  • Wet Blanket

    Meaning: Someone who dampens a festive occasion

  • Wet Your Whistle

    Meaning: Drink something

  • What Do You Make of (Him)?

    Meaning: What is your evaluation of this person?

  • What Goes Around Comes Around

    Meaning: The kind of treatment you give to others will eventually return to you; things go in cycles

  • What’s Good for the Goose Is Good for the Gander

    Meaning: What’s OK for a man is OK for a woman, too

  • When Hell Freezes Over

    Meaning: Never

  • When In Doubt, Leave It Out

    Meaning: When unsure about something, omit it.

  • When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do

    Meaning: When you visit a new place, follow the customs of the people there

  • When It Rains, It Pours

    Meaning: Problems tend to come in groups.

  • When Pigs Fly

    Meaning: Never

  • When the Chips Are Down

    Meaning: When a situation becomes urgent or difficult

  • Where (When) the Rubber

    Meaning: Meets the Road In reality; where an idea meets a real-world test

  • Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

    Meaning: If you have a strong desire to accomplish something, you will achieve it even in the face of considerable odds.

  • Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

    Meaning: If there is typical evidence of something, the most likely explanation is that it is actually occurring.

  • Whisper Sweet Nothings (in Someone’s Ear)

    Meaning: Speak meaningless romantic utterances

  • Whistle in the Dark

    Meaning: To be unrealistically confident or brave; to talk about something of which one has little knowledge

  • Whistle Past the Graveyard

    Meaning: Remain optimistic despite dangers; be clueless

  • Whistling Dixie

    Meaning: Being unrealistically optimistic

  • White Elephant

    Meaning: An unwanted item that is difficult to sell or dispose of

  • Who’s She, the Cat’s Mother?

    Meaning: Why does she have such a high opinion of herself?

  • Wild Goose Chase

    Meaning: An impossible or futile search or task

  • Window Dressing

    Meaning: A misleading disguise intended to present a favorable impression

  • Window Shop

    Meaning: To look at merchandise in a store without intending to buy it

  • Witch Hunt

    Meaning: An organized attempt to persecute an unpopular group of people and blame them for a problem.

  • With Bells On

    Meaning: Eagerly, willingly, and on time.

  • Work One’s Fingers to the Bone

    Meaning: Work very hard over an extended period

  • Worn to a Frazzle

    Meaning: Exhausted, completely worn out

  • Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead

    Meaning: Would absolutely not allow myself to do this

  • Writing (Handwriting) on the Wall

    Meaning: Hints of coming disaster