walk away: leave without buying anything.
If a salesperson tries too hard to sell you something you aren’t ready to buy, it’s best just to walk away and say you’ll come back later.
walk out on: leave someone and end a relationship.
Tanya was 14 years old when her father walked out on her family, and she hasn’t seen him since that time.
warm up: to practice or get ready for physical activity.
I have to warm up for about ten or fifteen minutes before playing my guitar.
washed up: someone whose career or skill has passed from age or inability.
Osama bin Laden is a washed-up loser scumbag who will go down in history as one of the world’s worst criminals.
WASP: White Anglo Saxon Protestant.
Barack Obama is the first non-WASP President we’ve had in the White House since John F. Kennedy.
way: very; yes.
That SUV is way too big for our needs. Let’s get something that’s more sensible and better for the environment.
way to go: good job; good performance; congratulations.
I heard you got a raise at work. Way to go!
weasel: a person who says or does anything in order to advance; someone who lies or cheats for personal gain.
No one in the office likes Edward because he’s such a weasel, and he always sucks up to the boss.
weed: take out unnecessary things; pick out.
It’s time to weed through my sock drawer and throw out the ones that are worn and have holes.
weigh in: to give an opinion in addition to opinions from other people.
weird: strange; unusual.
Night of the Living Dead is a weird movie! It’s about people who come back to life from the dead and then try to eat people who are alive.
weirdo: a strange person.
There’s this weirdo outside of the buiding giving away information about Scientology.
whack: to hit.
If you want to open that jar, try whacking the lid with something hard.
whacky: crazy; comical; amusing; funny.
Conan O’Brien is a whacky talk-show host whose comedy always surprises the audience.
wham: to hit; impact from an accident.
A bird whammed into the window and died.
whatchamacallit: something you don’t know the name of (similar to thingamajig)
You’re going to have to get another whatchamacallit for underneath the sink because it’s leaking.
what for: a reason for doing something; a negative consequence.
The police gave that guy what for when he tried to take a swing at one of them. Now’s he all beat up and in jail.
what gives: why; what’s the reason
You stopped coming to our meetings. What gives?
what’s happening / what’s shaking: hi; how’s it going?
A: Hey, what happening?
B: Oh, I’m just reading the paper and drinking some coffee.
what’s up: hello; how are you; what’s happening in your life?
A: Hey, what’s up?
B: Not much. What’s up with you?
(Some young people say, "What up?" without the "s," which reflects a more African-American vernacular.)
what’s with: what’s the reason; tell the cause for the problem.
What’s with this refrigerator? Sometimes it’s too cold and other times it’s not cold enough.
wheel and deal: negotiate; buying and selling.
George’s uncle likes to wheel and deal when he goes to antique shops. He can usually pay a lower price on things.
where it’s at: the essence of something; the truth.
I love it when my religion teacher talks about Jesus and the New Testament. He really knows where it’s at.
whiff: to smell something.
This perfume smells like oranges. Here, take a whiff.
wimp: a person who lacks courage or strength.
Bill doesn’t want to take the dead mouse out of the mouse trap because he’s such a wimp, so he just throws out the whole trap instead of reusing it.
whiz: a smart person.
Jennifer is a real math whiz. She’ll probably major in engineering in college.
(the) whole nine yards: everything; all of something.
After Myrtle died, her children sold off everything in the house–the whole nine yards.
wicked: cool; very interesting and, perhaps, a little dangerous.
That was a wicked turn we just took. Did you feel the car lifted a little on the passenger side.
widget: something small and useful; something on a computer that does a task.
This little widget is good at estimating some of the costs for my business.
wig out: to suddenly feel fear; similar to freak out.
Kevin wigged out and moved to California when he lost his job.
wing it: try to do something without preparation.
Instead of using a written speech, the speaker tried to wing it, but he made a lot of mistakes, and a few times he forgot what he was trying to say.
wipe out: to fall over; to cause a loss of property.
Huge medical bills wiped out all of their life savings. Now they don’t have any money left.
wired: 1. wide awake, usually from too much coffee; 2. technologically connected through the internet and mobile technology.
1. I can’t go to sleep. I had five cups of coffee at Starbucks and feel totally wired.
2. We have to get our computer wired to the internet.
wishy-washy: unable to take a clear position or make a decision.
Diedre is kind of a wishy-washy boss. She’s never able to decide on which people to hire, so she relies on others to help her make hiring decisions.
with flying colors: to do something in a way that is great; to achieve success; to do well.
She passed her driving test with flying colors.
with it: hip; able to understand what happening now; up-to-date.
Our teacher thinks she’s really with it, but at the age of 62, it’s not easy to keep up with her young students.
wonk: a technocrat; a person who understands small details as an authority.
The energy-policy wonks in Washington have some good ideas about how we can all save on home energy costs.
woozy: dizzy or tired; a side effect from some medicine.
Laughing gas made Shawn feel a little woozy while the dentist worked on his teeth.
workaholic: a person who works all the time.
If he weren’t such a workaholic, he’d have more time to spend with his kids.
work it in: to bring something into another thing; to incorporate; to make time available in a schedule.
We don’t have a lot of extra time during the meeting, but if you want to talk about your project for a few minutes, it’s possible to work that in.
work out: make something possible; to improve a situation.
Halima and Ali are have had some trouble with their marriage, but now they’re trying to work things out.
worry wart: a person who worries too much.
Stop being such a worry wart. Your kids will be okay when they go on the trip.
wrap up: bring a project to a conclusion; finish.
Let’s wrap things up here and go home.
wreck: a person or a thing in very bad condition.
Diane is a wreck after getting only got two hours of sleep last night.
wussy: a person who is weak, fearful.
My friend, Dan, is too much of a wussy to ask his hottie neighbor, Casandra, out on a date.
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