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blow (one's) wad

1. To lose or spend all of one's money. My Las Vegas trip was short lived—I blew my wad at the poker table in the first two hours! Here's $20 for the weekend, don't blow your whole wad tonight.
2. Of a man, to ejaculate semen during an orgasm.
3. To lose control of one's composure, temper, patience, or nerve in a given situation. A reference to premature ejaculation, it is usually used in the negative. Don't blow your wad, we'll get there soon. The game is in 30 minutes. I know you're nervous, but stay sharp, don't blow your wad now.
See also: blow, wad

shoot (one's) wad

1. slang To lose or spend all of one's money. My Las Vegas trip was short lived—I shot my wad at the poker table in the first two hours! Here's $20 for the weekend, don't shoot your whole wad tonight.
2. vulgar slang Of a man, to ejaculate semen during an orgasm.
See also: shoot, wad

shoot one's wad

Sl. to spend all or nearly all one's cash on hand. I shot my wad on junk food. I can't afford a cab. I shot my wad at the restaurant.
See also: shoot, wad

shoot one's bolt

Also, shoot one's wad. Do all within one's power; exhaust one's resources or capabilities. For example, They were asking for more ideas but Bob had shot his bolt and couldn't come up with any , or Don't shoot your wad with that article or you won't have any material for the sequels. The first expression comes from archery and referred to using up all of one's bolts (short, heavy arrows fired with a crossbow); it was a proverb by the 1200s. The colloquial variant, dating from about 1900, comes from gambling and refers to spending all of a wad of rolled-up banknotes. Also see shoot the works.
See also: bolt, shoot

shoot your wad

If someone shoots their wad, they use all their effort or money for something, so that they have no energy or money left. He gave the impression of a man who shot his wad too early, and was left with only a reputation and some memories. The team seems to have shot its wad earlier in the season.
See also: shoot, wad

wad up

To crumple or compress something into a wad: I wadded up the piece of paper and threw it in the trash. The janitor wadded the tissues up and threw them away.
See also: up, wad

shoot one’s wad

tv. to spend or use everything. I can’t afford a cab. I shot my wad at the restaurant.
See also: shoot, wad

tight wad

n. a stingy person; a miser. (see also wad.) There’s no need to be such a tight wad.
See also: tight, wad


1. (wɑd) n. a bundle of money; a bankroll. (see also tight wad.) I lost my wad on a rotten horse in the seventh race.
2. n. a gob of semen. He called the wad a cumquat and thought he’d made a joke.

shoot (one's) wad

1. Slang
a. To spend all of one's cash.
b. To use up all of one's energy or resources.
2. Vulgar Slang To ejaculate.
See also: shoot, wad
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On 8 December 2012, NISS officers in Wad Madani town, Al Jazeera state, arrested four members of political opposition parties.
It should be noted that the results of this study do not infer that every individual with WAD will experience severe symptoms or an unfavourable outcome.
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Given the previously outlined evidence, the question arises whether dysfunction in autonomic nervous system functioning is a feature of WAD in the acute phase.
When maximum loads are used, there's no room left in the chamber for a wad.
She said by thanking her staff both male and female, she will always carry WAD in her heart and be there for her successor whenever he needs her, for now she is going to take a well needed rest before she decides what to do next.
For example, our therapists each have an Wad that they use with students during therapy.
When contacted, a well-placed official at SBP requesting on anonymity told the bank gives 5 wads of Rs 10 fresh notes, and one wad of Rs 20, 50 and 100 each to an individual on showing Computerized National Identity Card No (CNIC) which amounts to Rs 22,000 in total.
That story might have worked if first, he didn't have a wad of other counterfeit bills in his pocket, and second, as he was being led away, he hadn't suddenly stuffed 'em in his mouth and started madly chewing like a cow on crack.
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Demonstrators took to streets in Wad Madani, Sannar and Wad Haddad towns in the state to protest against poor public utilities, the Sudanese police said in a statement tonight.
org, more than 55,000 people from over 80 countries have contributed their waving for WAD pictures or videos.
com)-- When a shot is fired, of all the cartridge components being discharged from the gun, the cartridge wad lasts longest in the environment.
The governor complimented the Maharashtra State Vishwakosh Nirmiti Mandal, its chairperson Dr Vijaya Wad and the National Association of Blind (NAB) for "opening the doors of knowledge to the visually impaired children by producing the encyclopedia in Braille".
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