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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 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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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

Wouldn’t give someone the time of day

see Not give someone the time of day

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