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World on one’s shoulders

see Atlas


World Wide Web

The World Wide Web, more often referred to as ‘the web’, is sometimes used interchangeably with ‘the Internet’, but mistakenly so. The World Wide Web...

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World’s oldest profession

It is generally acknowledged that prostitution is the world’s oldest profession but no one knows who established this as fact, if indeed it is a fact....

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Worm ones way into

To insinuate one’s way into a relationship or a situation in order to exploit it for gain or special favour, dates from the 17th century and derives f...

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Worm turns

The worm turns is a metaphor that means even the weakest will turn and face up to an adverse situation, and try to reverse it. It is an old proverb th...

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Worry wart

A worry wart is a person who frets or worries excessively. The expression originated in America and its usage is still chiefly American, although it i...

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Worsted

Worsted is fine, high quality woollen yarn dates from the 13th century. It is named after Worstead, a town in Norfolk where it was first made.


Worth a continental

see Not give/worth a continental


Worth one’s salt

This expression usually appears in its negative form of not being worth one’s salt. It goes back to Roman times when salt was such a valuable commodit...

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Wotcha/wotcher

The British slang phrase ‘wotcha cock’ is actually short for the very dated ‘wotcha cock sparrow/sparrer’. Wotcha is in fact a contraction of the medi...

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Would not be caught, found or seen dead…

Almost anything can follow these words because there is a whole universe of situations and things that people find abhorrent and in which they would n...

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Would not know from a bar of soap

see Know from a bar of soap


Would not know from Adam

see Know from a bar of soap


Would not say boo to a goose

see Not say boo to a goose


Would not touch with a barge pole

see Not touch with a barge pole


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