Idioms - W

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wait for the cat to jump

Defined: If you wait for the cat to jump, or to see which way the cat jumps, you delay taking action until you see how events will turn out.
Example: Let's wait for the cat to jump before we decide.

waiting game

Defined: A person who plays a waiting game delays taking any action or making any decision because they prefer to wait and see how things develop, usually in the hope that this will put them in a stronger position.
Example: Our competitiors are not reacting. They're playing a waiting game.

waiting for a raindrop in the drought

Defined: When someone is waiting for a raindrop in the drought, they are waiting and hoping for something that has little chance of happening.
Example: For many people, finding a job these days is like waiting for a raindrop in the drought.

waiting in the wings

Defined: If someone is waiting in the wings, they are waiting for an opportunity to take action, especially to replace someone else in their job or position.
Example: There are many young actors waiting in the wings ready to show their talent.

walk all over someone

Defined: If one person walks all over another, they treat them very badly or unkindly, especially by showing no consideration for their cares or needs.
Example: You must learn to defend yourself. Don't let him walk all over you!

walk of life

Defined: A person's profession or position in society is known as their walk of life.
Example: There were people from all walks of life among the protesters.

walk on air

Defined: When you are happy or excited because of a pleasant event that makes you feel as if you were floating, you are walking on air.
Example: Sophie has been walking on air since her painting won first prize.

walk and chew gum

Defined: If you can walk and chew gum (at the same time), you are able to do more than one thing at a time.
Example: Why did you hire that guy? He can't walk and chew gum at the same time!

walk on eggshells

Defined: If you walk on eggshells with someone, you are careful not to hurt or offend them.
Example: She's so sensitive, you have to walk on eggshells with her all the time.

walk into lion's den

Defined: If you walk into the lion's den, you find yourself in a difficult situation in which you have to face unfriendly or aggressive people.
Example: After the failure of the negotiations, he had to walk into the lion's den and face the Press.

walk a tightrope

Defined: If a person is walking a tightrope, they are in a difficult or delicate situation where they must act carefully.
Example: The management is walking a tightrope in their efforts both to keep the costs down and satisfy the trade unions.


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