Phrasal verbs with " 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 in Attack.

The hooligans WADED IN when they saw fans from the other team.

 

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 withdifficulty.

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 tosee 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.

 

Wait on Sell goods in a shop.

He WAITS ON customers in an electronics store.

 

Wait on Provide someone with everything they need or want.

He has a butler who WAITS ON him.

 

Wait on Wait for a result before being able to make a decision.

They're WAITING ON the results of the vote before taking a final decision.

 

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! Stop (imperative).

Wait up! I need to talk to you.

 

Wait upon Provide someone with what they require.

They used to have servants WAITING UPON them.

 

Wait upon Wait for a result before being able to make a decision.

They must WAIT UPON the outcome of the match before they know who they'll be playing.

 

Wake up Stop sleeping.

I WOKE UP at half past six this morning.

 

Walk away from Leave something you don't like.

You can't just WALK AWAY FROM your problems.

 

Walk away Win easily.

She WALKED AWAY WITH the first with 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 into Be unaware of the presence of something and either enter it (a trap) or bump into it (an obstruction).

You WALKED INTO that one (you became victim to a trap I set) or

WALKED INTO a door and broke my nose.

 

Walk off Go for a walk to reduce the effects of an illness or bad feeling.

I tried to WALK OFF my hangover.

 

Walk off with Win easily.

He WALKED OFF WITH the award.

 

Walk off with Take something without permission or steal.

Someone WALKED OFF WITH my umbrella so I got soaked.

 

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 they felt that safety wasn't being handled correctly.

 

Walk out Leave a place angrily or because you are not satisfied.

The film was a bore so I WALKED OUT halfway through.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Wander off Stop paying attention.

The lecture was boring and my mind WANDERED OFF after ten minutes.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Wash down Drink in order to swallow something solid.

I WASHED the antibiotics DOWN with a glass of water.

 

Wash out Rain so heavily that an event has to be cancelled.

The rain WASHED OUT the championship final.

 

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.

 

Wash up When something in the sea or river is left on the shore or bank.

After the crash, several bodies WASHED  UP on the beach.

 

Wash up Wash face and hands.

Be sure you and the kids WASH UP before dinner.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

Wear down Make something weaker.

The stress of my job is WEARING me DOWN.

 

Wear off Stop having an effect.

The anaesthetic WORE OFF and my tooth started hurting.

 

Wear out Use something until it stops working.

She played the video so many times that she WORE the tape OUT.

 

Weed out Remove, get rid of.

The company WEEDED OUT the unsuccessful sales reps.

 

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 Enter an argument forcefully.

He disliked the plan and WEIGHED IN with some heavy criticism.

 

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.

 

Weigh out Measure a certain amount of something by weight.

Could you WEIGH OUT 200 grammas of that for me?

 

Weigh up Assess.

They WEIGHED the pros and cons UP carefully before deciding.

 

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.

 

Well up Feel an emotion strongly.

Anger WELLED UP inside us when we saw what they had done.

 

Well up Experience an emotion or feeling, start to cry.

Tears WELLED UP when I heard they had died.

 

Wheel around Turn quickly and face in the opposite direction.

When he heard the whistle, he WHEELED AROUND to see what was happening.

 

Wheel out Use something like an explanation that hasbeen used many times before and has lostits 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.

 

Whip into Enter rapidly (as for a brief errand).

Ben WHIPPED INTO the convenience store for a bag of crisps.

 

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.

 

Whip up Make food quickly.

We got back late and WHIPPED UP dinner.

 

Whip up Mix liquid food quickly to make it thick and creamy.

I WHIPPED UP the egg whites.

 

Whip up Make people feel more strongly about

something.

The boss tried to WHIP UP some support

for her new policies.

 

Whisk away Take to another place quickly.

The police WHISKED the minister AWAY when the trouble started.

 

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.

 

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 down Slowly close a business or organisation.

They WOUND the committee DOWN

after the inquiry.

 

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.

 

Wind up Tighten the spring in a watch or clock to make it work.

I forgot to WIND UP my alarm clock and overslept.

 

Wind up Irritate someone or increase their stress level, especially if done deliberately.

The children are really WINDING me UP

 

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.

 

Wipe out Make someone very tired.

Revising for the exam last night WIPED me OUT.

 

Wipe out Kill all of a population, make extinct.

A meteor crashing into the planet WIPED the dinosaurs OUT.

 

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.

 

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! A phrase that was used a greeting.

'Word up! You OK?'

 

Work off Exercise to remove stress or weight.

She goes to the gym to WORK OFF her anger.

 

Work on Improve or develop.

Scientists are WORKING ON genetically modified crops and foods.

 

Work out End nicely.

Things were going wrong for them but fortunately it all WORKED OUT in the end.

 

Work out Find the answer or solution.

I couldn't WORK OUT all the answers to the crossword puzzle.

 

Work over Assault, beat up.

They WORKED him OVER and robbed him.

 

Work over Repeat, do again.

They WORKED it OVER until they had got it right.

 

Work over Examine carefully.

They WORKED OVER the market looking for bargains.

 

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.

 

Wrap around Cover with clothing, usually to keep warm.

She WRAPPED a scarf AROUND her head because it was so cold.

 

Wrap around Cover or encircle with part of your body.

He WRAPPED his arms AROUND her.

 

Wrap round Cover with clothing, usually to keep warm.

He WRAPPED the cloth ROUND his fingers to keep warm.

 

Wrap round Cover or encircle with part of your body.

She WRAPPED her arms ROUND him.

 

Wrap up Cover in paper.

They WRAPPED UP the presents then put a ribbon around them.

 

Wrap up Dress warmly.

WRAP UP carefully or you'll catch your death of cold outside in that rain.

 

Wrap up Finish.

That WRAPS things UP, so we'll end this meeting.

 

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.

 

Write in Send a letter to a TV station, etc..

They asked viewers to WRITE IN with their opinions and suggestions.

 

Write off Destroy a car in an accident.

He WROTE the car OFF in an accident on the motorway.

 

Write out Write something completely.

I WROTE OUT my notes in full to help me remember them.

 

Write up Make complete written version.

I WROTE UP the report and submitted it.

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