Idioms Beginning with W

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wake up and smell the coffee
To face reality; to stop deluding oneself; to become aware.

Wake up and smell the coffee! Unless you are extremely wealthy, the government doesn't care what you think.

watch like a hawk
To observe very closely.

When we were taking the test, the teacher watched us like a hawk to make sure that we weren't cheating.

water down, to water (something) down
To make weaker; to dilute.

The government has watered down the reports on global warming to make the problem seem less severe.

wet behind the ears

I don't think I want that young doctor performing heart surgery on me. He seems a little wet behind the ears.

when all is said and done
In the end; ultimately.

When all is said and done, we may not have made a lot of money, but we had a lot of fun.

whole shebang
The entire thing; everything.

In the divorce, Max lost his kids, dog, house, car, timeshare property, the whole shebang.

with flying colors
Exceptionally well.

Mary passed the board exam with flying colors.

wolf in sheep's clothing
A person who appears innocent but really isn't.

Jane seems sweet, but watch out. She's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

work one's butt off
To work very hard.

I've been working my butt off for years, but I have nothing to show for it.


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