Phrasal Verb W

  • wade in|Start something or get involved, often without thinking or to forcefully|He just WADED IN without listening to what anyone had to say.|_
  • wade into|Become embroiled or involved in a situation, without thinking or planning usually|They WADED INTO the negotiations and the deal collapsed.|_
  • wade through|Get to the end of something with difficulty|It took me ages to WADE THROUGH the book.|_
  • wait about|Wait somewhere doing nothing|I WAITED ABOUT for an hour, but they didn’t come.|_
  • wait around|Wait somewhere doing nothing|They were just WAITING AROUND to see if anything was going to happen.|_
  • wait behind|Stay somewhere after other people have left|I WAITED BEHIND to ask the lecturer a question.|_
  • wait in|Stay at home because someone is going to visit|I WAITED IN for the guy to fix the TV.|_
  • wait on|Serve people in a restaurant|They have two people WAITING ON each table.|1
  • wait out|Wait till something has finished, usually something unpleasant|We’ll have to WAIT OUT this uncertainty.|_
  • wait up|Not go to bed because you are waiting|I was worried and WAITED UP until they got home safe and sound.|_
  • wait up!|Not go to bed because you are waiting|I was worried and WAITED UP until they got home safe and sound.|_
  • wait upon|Provide someone with what they require|They used to have servants WAITING UPON them.|_
  • wake up|Stop sleeping|I WOKE UP at half past six this morning.|1
  • walk away from|Leave something you don’t like|You can’t just WALK AWAY FROM your problems.|_
  • walk away with|Win easily|She WALKED AWAY WITH the first prize.|_
  • walk back from|Retract a statement|They declined to WALK BACK FROM their comments despite the controversy.|_
  • walk in on|Enter somewhere unexpectedly and see something|He WALKED IN ON them planning to sack him.|_
  • walk into|Get work without effort|He WALKED INTO a great job straight after university.|_
  • walk off|Go for a walk to reduce the effects of an illness or bad feeling|I tried to WALK OFF my hangover.|1
  • walk off with|Win easily|He WALKED OFF WITH the award.|_
  • walk on|Continue walking|I saw the accident but just WALKED ON as I didn’t want to have to give a statement.|_
  • walk out|Leave work because of a dispute with the management|The workers WALKED OUT because the felt that safety wasn’t being handled correctly.|1
  • walk out on|Leave somebody angrily|He WALKED OUT ON his wife last year.|_
  • walk through|Explain or demonstrate something carefully to someone|He WALKED me THROUGH the procedures.|1
  • walk up|Go to someone|A man WALKED UP and asked me the time.|_
  • waltz through|Pass or succeed easily|She WALTZED THROUGH the tests and got the highest score.|_
  • wander off|Leave a place, usually without telling other people|She WANDERED OFF and got lost in the crowd.|_
  • want out|Want to leave a relationship or arrangement|Jackie wasn’t happy with her marriage and WANTED OUT.|_
  • warm up|Do exercises before a sport|The team WARMED UP half an hour before the volleyball match.|1
  • wash away|When floods or waves completely remove a structure, building, etc.|The ice cream stall on the beach was WASHED AWAY in the storm last night.|1
  • wash down|Drink in order to swallow something solid|I WASHED the antibiotics DOWN with a glass of water.|1
  • wash out|Rain so heavily that an event has to be cancelled|The rain WASHED OUT the championship final.|1
  • wash over|Suddenly experience a strong emotion|He felt numb as grief WASHED OVER him.|_
  • wash up|Clean everything used to prepare food and eat it|The children WASHED UP after lunch.|1
  • waste away|Become very thin and weak, usually due to illness|He WASTED AWAY as the cancer got worse.|_
  • watch out|Be careful (imperative)|Watch out- there’s ice on the road.|1
  • watch out for|Be careful of something|WATCH OUT FOR bats in the caves; many have rabies.|_
  • watch over|Keep an eye on something or someone to check that there’s no trouble|The lecturer WATCHED OVER the students as they did the experiment.|1
  • water down|Make something weaker and less effective|The Freedom of Information Act was WATERED DOWN by the Government and didn’t give ordinary people much access to official data files|1
  • wave aside|Ignore or refuse to consider what someone says|They WAVED ASIDE our objections and carried on with the plan.|_
  • wave down|Make a hand signal to stop a vehicle|They WAVED the van DOWN and got a lift after the accident.|_
  • wave off|Go to a place where someone is leaving to wave goodbye|We WAVED her OFF at the station.|1
  • wave on|Make a hand signal to tell someone to keep moving|The accident was bad, but the police WAVED us ON.|_
  • wean off|Slowly stop a dependency on something|We will have to WEAN him OFF his obsession.|_
  • wear away|Erode, remove gradually|The lawn has been WORN AWAY by people walking across it and it’s just bare soil now with hardly a blade of grass.|1
  • wear down|Make something weaker|The stress of my job is WEARING me DOWN.|1
  • wear off|Stop having an effect|The anaesthetic WORE OFF and my tooth started hurting.|1
  • wear out|Use something until it stops working|She played the video so many times that she WORE the tape OUT.|1
  • weasel out|Back out of a commitment|I’m supposed to go on Thursday, but I am going to WEASEL OUT.|_
  • weasel out of|Back out of a commitment|They’re trying to WEASEL OUT OF our agreement.|_
  • weed out|Remove, get rid of|The company WEEDED OUT the unsuccessful sales reps.|1
  • weigh down on|Burden with responsibilities, duties, etc|The requirements of her new job WEIGHED DOWN ON her.|_
  • weigh in|Have a certain weight (in sports like boxing)|The champion WEIGHED IN at 120 kilos.|_
  • weigh in on|Enter an argument or discussion to express a strongly felt idea|She WEIGHED IN ON their immigration policies.|_
  • weigh on|Make someone consider carefully|The issues raised WEIGHED ON her mind.|1
  • weigh out|Measure a certain amount of something by weight|Could you WEIGH OUT 200 grammes of that for me?|_
  • weigh up|Assess|They WEIGHED the pros and cons UP carefully before deciding.|_
  • weird off on|Approach someone or behave in a strange, scary unexpected way|He WEIRDS OFF ON newcomers.|_
  • weird out|Disturb, cause concern or worry|The way he spoke was WEIRDING me OUT.|_
  • well up|Feel tears starting|I felt tears WELLING UP when I heard the news.|1
  • wheel around|Turn quickly and face in the opposite direction|When he heard the whistle, he WHEELED AROUND to see what was happening.|1
  • wheel out|Use something like an explanation that has been used many times before and has lost its impact|They WHEELED OUT the same old excuses last time this happened.|_
  • wheel round|Turn quickly and face in the opposite direction|She WHEELED ROUND when he told her to stop.|_
  • while away|Spend time doing something because you have nothing better to do|We WHILED a couple of hours AWAY playing computer games.|1
  • whip into|Enter rapidly (as for a brief errand)|Ben WHIPPED INTO the convenience store for a bag of crisps.|_
  • whip off|Produce, make or create quickly|He WHIPPED OFF two essays in a couple of hours before the deadline.|_
  • whip out|Remove quickly|The police officer WHIPPED OUT her radio and called for back-up.|_
  • whip out of|Exit rapidly|Lola WHIPPED OUT OF a side street without looking and broadsided a police car.|_
  • whip through|Do something quickly|She WHIPPED THROUGH the task.|1
  • whip up|Make food quickly|We got back late and WHIPPED UP dinner.|1
  • whisk away|Take to another place quickly|The police WHISKED the minister AWAY when the trouble started.|1
  • whisk off|Take someone to another place, usually unexpectedly|She WHISKED her husband OFF for a romantic weekend.|1
  • white out|Use correction fluid to cover a mistake in a written text|Could you pass the Tippex? I need to WHITE this mistake OUT.|1
  • wig out|Become excited and lose control|He WIGGED OUT when he heard that he had failed.|_
  • wiggle out|Avoid doing|He was supposed to be in charge but tried to WIGGLE OUT.|_
  • wiggle out of|Avoid doing something|I WIGGLED OUT OF having to work late.|_
  • wimp out|Not be brave enough to do something|I was going to have the hottest curry on the menu, but I WIMPED OUT and had a mild lamb Korma instead.|_
  • wind down|Relax|I’m going to WIND DOWN in the country this weekend and do nothing.|_
  • wind on|Forward a film or tape to a certain point|He WOUND the video ON to show us the scene.|_
  • wind up|Close a company because it’s unprofitable|The company was WOUND UP when the creditors demanded payment.|1
  • winkle out|Find or get something that takes a great deal of effort|It took me a while to WINKLE the truth OUT of him.|1
  • winnow down|Reduce the size of a group of people or things to have the best|We’ve WINNOWED DOWN the applicants to a shortlist of four.|_
  • winnow out|Remove the bad or less satisfactory people or things from a group to leave the best|We’ve WINNOWED OUT the weaker candidates.|1
  • wipe out|Make someone very tired|Revising for the exam last night WIPED me OUT.|1
  • wipe up|Remove a liquid from a surface using a cloth|She WIPED UP the coffee she had spilled.|1
  • wire up|Make electrical connections|She WIRED her new stereo system UP as soon as she got home.|_
  • wise up|Stop being stupid|His supervisor told him to WISE UP and start following the rules or else he’d lose his job.|1
  • word up|Give someone information, advice|The solicitor WORDED her UP client before the police interview, so they go very little out of him.|_
  • word up!|Give someone information, advice|The solicitor WORDED her UP client before the police interview, so they go very little out of him.|_
  • work off|Exercise to remove stress or weight|She goes to the gym to WORK OFF her anger.|1
  • work on|Improve or develop|Scientists are WORKING ON genetically modified crops and foods.|1
  • work out|End nicely|Things were going wrong for them but fortunately it all WORKED OUT in the end.|1
  • work over|Assault, beat up|They WORKED him OVER and robbed him.|1
  • work through|Deal with, resolve a problem, often emotional|It took him a long time to WORK THROUGH his anger after he lost his job.|1
  • wrap around|Cover with clothing, usually to keep warm|She WRAPPED a scarf AROUND her head because it was so cold.|_
  • wrap round|Cover with clothing, usually to keep warm|He WRAPPED the cloth ROUND his fingers to keep warm.|_
  • wrap up|Cover in paper|They WRAPPED UP the presents then put a ribbon around them.|1
  • wriggle out of|Avoid doing something in a way other people don’t like|He always manages to WRIGGLE OUT OF any extra work we get.|_
  • write down|Make notes|I WROTE her mobile number DOWN on a scrap of paper and I’ve lost it.|1
  • write in|Send a letter to a TV station, etc.|They asked viewers to WRITE IN with their opinions and suggestions.|1
  • write off|Destroy a car in an accident|He WROTE the car OFF in an accident on the motorway.|1
  • write out|Write something completely|I WROTE OUT my notes in full to help me remember them.|1
  • write up|Make complete written version|I WROTE UP the report and submitted it.|1

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