Phrasal-Adjectives – Letter W (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal Adjectives – Letter W  –


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  • (to be) AtLoss For Words – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase that we use in either one of two situations.

1.  In a situation, where-in, a person is having trouble finding the correct words to express what he or she wants to say.

“I have done the presentation a hundred times before but for some reason, today, I was at a total loss for words.”

2.  In a situation where-in a person does not even know how to react (and usually there is another person or group is expecting some sort of response.)

“When the police presented the evidence against him, and it was clear that his story was a lie – suddenly the criminal was at a complete loss for words

(Notice also that the phrase is separable)


  • (to be) Beyond (one’s) Wildest Dreams – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which expresses that the outcome of a certain situation far exceeds the expectations of that situation.  It implies that the outcome came or has come as a huge surprise because of how wonderful it was or is to the person or people experiencing it…

“I knew that seeing Pearl Jam live in concert in 1992 was going to be awesome, but I didn’t know that it was going to be such a life-changing moment.  It was beyond my wildest dreams.”


  • (to be) Born With A Silver Spoon In (one’s) Mouth – This is an IdiomaticPrepositional & Adjectival Phrasal Verb which is used to express that a person was born into a family and a life of wealth and privilege and has probably never had to work or experience any hardship in his or her life.  It is usually said as a derogatory remark against that person out of jealousy and resentment…

“Most people would agree that Gwyneth Paltrow was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and that is why people resent almost all of the ridiculous things that she says to the media.”




  • (to be) Frozen With Fear – This is an Idiomatic Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which describes the situation where-in a person (or animal) is so over-come by fear that they literally can not move, or at least can not react in order to help or save themselves…

“When the investors asked how we could have lost so much money on the campaign my colleagues were so *frozen with fear* that they just stood there like idiots.  Nobody wanted to explain to them that the CEO that they put in place, embezzled all the money and disappeared somewhere in Malaysia.”


  • (to be) In (one’s) Own Word – This is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which is used to describe a person (or a person’s present state of being) who is very imaginative, introspective, and often seems to not be aware of his or her physical surroundings, because he or she is more focused on the thoughts in his or her head…  “When Claude’s gets like this, where he’s *off in his own world*, it’s almost impossible to communicate with him.  You can say his name five or six times, and he can be looking right at you and it seems that he doesn’t hear you or even realize you are there…  Then about 5 minutes later he’ll say ‘what did you say?’.”  –  (true story) – (Also Note: that this phrase is often used with the preposition “off” in front of it to insinuate that the person has left.)

  • (to be) On The Same WaveLength With (someone) – Though this is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which comes to us from the world of radio.  Radio signals travel at difference frequencies.  The word frequency is related to the signal’s “wave-length”.  If the radio receiver is not tuned to the correct frequency it will not be able to pick up the frequency of the station and thus, you will only hear static…  So to say that two people are on the same wave-length just means that they can comprehend each other and probably think and feel the same or similarly.  –  (See also:  “To Strike A Chord With & “To Resonate With)

  • (to be) Under The Weather – This is an Idiomatic Prepositional Adjectival Phrase used to describe when a person is not feeling very well, but is not necessarily sick from any virus or bacterial infection.  The phrase comes from the fact that many people feel this way when there is a drastic change in the weather – such as when the seasons change.  However, this phrase is often used by people as reason for not wanting to go to work

  • (to be) Waiting With Bated Breath – Though the word “waiting” is a verb in the continuous form, this phrase is actually referring to a condition and not an actual action; and often-times, this condition (though it can be) is not literal.  Therefore this is an idiomatic adjectival phrase which means: (literally) to be waiting with such anticipation that one is unconsciously holding his/her breath.  Figuratively speaking this just means to be greatly and excitedly anticipating something.  The word “Bated” comes for “Abate” which means: to reduce; to stop; to cease.

  • (to be) Well-Verse In (something) – This is an Idiomatic Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which is used to describe a person who is very intelligent, and extremely knowledgeable about some subject or topic, with the ability to prove this without needing to look up any information speaking about it.  This term probably comes from the time when it was believed that memorizing bible “Verse”s mad a person more “Holy” – so a person who quote quote bible versed and say which chapter and “Verse” the quote came from, was “Well-Versed”

  • (to be) Wise Beyond One’s Years – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Adjectival Phrase which is used to describes a person who seems to be far more wise that one usually is for the age of that person.

 

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