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Word (The). The second person of the Christian Trinity. (John i. 1.)
Word to the Wise (A). Verbum sap.
Words Soft words butter no parsnips. In Scotland an excellent dish is made of parsnips and potatoes
beaten up with butter. (See Butter .)
Working on the Dead Horse doing work which has been already paid for. Such work is a dead horse, because you can get no more out of it.
World A man of the world. One acquainted with the ways of public and social life.
Touchstone. To-morrow will we be married.All the world and his wife. Everyone without exception.
To go to the world. To get married. The Catholics at one time exalted celibacy into a crown of glory, and divided mankind into celibates and worldlings (or laity). The former were monks and nuns, and the latter were the monde (or people of the world). Similarly they divided literature into sacred and profane.
Everyone goes to the world but I, and I may sit in a corner and cry heigho! for a husband.- Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing, ii. 1.
If I may have your ladyship's good will to go to the world, Isabel and I will do as we may.- All's Well that Ends Well, i. 3.World (The). The world, the flesh, and the devil. The world, i.e. the things of this world, in contradistinction to religious matters; the flesh, i.e. love of pleasure and sensual enjoyments; the devil, i.e. all temptations to evil of every kind, as theft, murder, lying, blasphemy, and so on.
Worm To have a worm in one's tongue. To be cantankerous; to snarl and bite like a mad dog.
There is one easy artificeTo worm out information. To elicit information indirectly and piecemeal.
To worm oneself into another's favour. To insinuate oneself in an underhand manner into the good graces of another person.
A worm is a spiral instrument resembling a double corkscrew, used for drawing wads and cartridges from cannon, etc.
Worms in Germany, according to tradition, is so called from the Lindwurm or dragon slain by Siegfried
under the linden tree.
Yet more I know of Seigfried that well yourWormwood The tradition is that this plant sprang up in the track of the serpent as it writhed along the ground when driven out of Paradise.
Worse than a Crime It was worse than a crime, it was a blunder. Said by Talleyrand of the murder of the Due d'Enghien by Napoleon I.
Worship means state or condition of worth, hence the term his worship, meaning his worthyship. Thou shalt have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee (Luke xiv. 10) means Thou shalt have worth-ship [value or appreciation]. In the marriage service the man says to the woman, With my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow- that is, I confer on you my
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