PHRASAL VERBS – 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
They WADED INTO the negotiations
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.
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 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 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] 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
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 the 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
The lecturer WATCHED OVER the check that there’s no trouble. 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 grammes 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
Tears WELLED UP when I heard they cry 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 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.
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.