A-Z Database

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Wouldn’t give someone the time of day

see Not give someone the time of day


Wrap/twist/turn someone around one’s (little) finger

To have complete control or influence over someone so that only one’s finger or little finger is needed as the control mechanism, dates from the mid-1...

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Write home about

see Nothing to write home about


Writing is on the wall

A metaphor for a sign or clear indication of imminent failure or disaster. The original writing on the wall comes from the Bible, Daniel 5:22, and was...

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Wrong end of the stick

From the 16th century onwards, this expression, the wrong or short end of the stick meant getting the worst end of a deal or bargain and it was not un...

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Wrong side of the bed

To get up on the wrong side of the bed is wake up in a bad mood and the expression in this form dates from the late 18th/early 19th century. The conce...

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Wrong side of the tracks

This is an American expression from the 1920s for the poorer or lower class part of town. The allusion is to the railroads that eventually ran into ev...

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Wuss

An American slang expression for a weak, ineffectual person dates from the 1960s. Probably derives from earlier slang ‘pussy wussy’ or ‘wussy’ meaning...

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X

The letter x has several meanings besides being the 24th letter of the alphabet. On its own and usually as a capital letter, X is the letter of the Gr...

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X marks the spot

This expression defines the location of something, usually on a map or diagram. It was used by Robert Louis Stevenson in Treasure Island (1883) where...

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X rays

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation first discovered by the German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen in 1895. He called them X rays after th...

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Xmas

see X


XP

see X


Yahoo

Most people in a current generation might believe this is the proprietary name of an internet services provider. They are, of course, absolutely right...

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Yank/Yankee

Outside of America, Yankee and its contraction Yank are terms generally applied to all Americans. Within America, however, Yankee refers only to Ameri...

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