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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


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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