Dennis Oliver's Idioms: W
Was my face red!: I was very embarrassed.
"When I got to the meeting I noticed that I was wearing
one black sock
and one brown one. Was my face red!"
wear out one's welcome: make someone uncomfortable by
visiting too long.
A: "Can't you stay two or three more days?"
B: "No. I don't want to wear out my welcome."
wet behind the ears: inexperienced and naive.
"Don't include Fred as part of the bargaining team.He's
working here and is still too wet behind the ears."
What for?: Why?
A: "Come here for a minute. I need you."
B: "What for?"
Note: "What" and "for" can be separated--with
"for" at the end of the question:
B: "What do you need me for?"
What's up?: What's new? What's happening?
"Hi, Dave. What's up?"
a white lie: a lie that is told to avoid offending someone
or hurting his / her feelings.
"The cake that Susan made tasted terrible, but I knew
she made it because she wanted to please
me, so when she
asked if I liked it, I told a
white lie and said it was good."
wishy-washy: uncommitted; without an opinion of one's
"Don't be so wishy-washy. Tell us how you really
with bells on: very eagerly; with the feeling that one
will have a very good time.
A: "Are you going to Sandra's party?"
B: "I'll be there with bells on!"
would ('d) just as soon: would ('d) rather; prefer.
"I know we have a lot of work to do, but I'm tired. I'd
just as soon leave
and finish tomorrow. Is that OK with you?"