Sayings beginning with W. Select a saying for more details.

Waste not, want not

If we do not waste things we will not be short of things. If we use our resources carefully, we shall never be in need.

We must learn to walk before we can run

We have to be patient when learning. Babies crawl before they walk. And children walk before they run. We cannot do difficult tasks before we can do easy tasks.

What you see is what you get American English

1) There is nothing hidden. What you are looking at is the real thing. 2) In computing, the way something displays on the screen is the way it will display in print (or other media) -- hence the acronym WYSIWYG.

What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander

In any question, what is appropriate in one case is also appropriate in the other case.

When one door shuts, another opens

An optimistic view on life, in which a refusal or failure is always followed by another opportunity.

When the cat's away the mice will play

This famous saying suggests that when a person in authority is not present, the people under his rule will enjoy their freedom.

When the devil cannot come, he will send

The implication is that the devil is very persistent. He will always find a way to tempt us. If the devil cannot bring temptation to us himself, he will find someone else to bring it.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going American English

When a situation is difficult or dangerous, strong people work harder to resolve the problem. This saying relies on a difficult play on words; it could be rephrased word-for-word as: "When the situation becomes hard, strong people start working."

Where there's a will there's a way

If we have the determination to do something, we can always find the path or method to do it.

Where there's muck there's money

There is money to be made in dirt and dirty jobs. For example, many people have made fortunes by processing rubbish or waste materials.

Women will have the last word

A man cannot win an argument with a woman. Women talk more than men. They can always add something more to what they are saying.

Would you buy a used car from this man? American English

Do you trust this man? I don't.

Contributor: Josef Essberger