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Large list of clothes idioms that begin with W and their meanings

How each idioms is listed

There are 3 parts for each idiom the first part is what the idiom is, then there is an explanation of what the idiom means and the last part is an example of how to use it in a sentence.

How to use the list of clothes idioms A to Z?

To use the list of idioms click on each letter of the alphabet to get the list of the clothesidioms for that letter.

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Clothes idioms beginning with W

wait for the other shoe to drop

- to wait for something bad to happen, to wait for something to happen after already knowing that something is going to happen

Our company announced that many people will lose their jobs. We are waiting for the other shoe to drop in order to learn more details of this announcement.


- clothing that you can wash and it does not need to be ironed before you wear it

My uncle always likes to buy wash-and-wear clothes.

wear more than one hat

- to have more than one set of responsibilities

Our teacher wears more than one hat. She is the head of the school board as well as the coach of the swim team.

wear one`s heart on one's sleeve

- to show one`s feelings openly

The girl is wearing her heart on her sleeve and everybody knows that she is having problems with her boyfriend.

wear out (something) or wear (something) out

- to use or wear something until it becomes old and in bad condition

My shoes wore out during my trip to Paris.

wear sackcloth and ashes

- to behave in a way that shows that you are very sorry for something that you have done wrong - in ancient Biblical times people wore very uncomfortable sackcloth (cloth for sacks) for mourning and also to repent for something that they did wrong

The politician was forced to wear sackcloth and ashes as an apology for his wrongdoing.

wear several hats

- to have more than one set of responsibilities

Our teacher wears several hats. She is the head of the school board as well as the coach of the swim team.

wear the pants in one's family

- to be the boss of a family or household

The woman wears the pants in her family and she is always telling her husband what to do.

with hat in hand

- with humility (usually used when you ask for something from someone who is more powerful than you)

The man came to his boss with hat in hand to ask for a raise in pay.

wolf in sheep's clothing

- a person who pretends to be good but is really bad

The man is a wolf in sheep's clothing and someone who you should be very careful around.

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