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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

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 your wad

1. (American informal) to spend or use everything that you have He's going to shoot his wad on his night out - whatever it costs for a good time.
2. (American informal) to say everything that you want to say about a particular subject Our opponents shot their wad at the meeting and left everyone in no doubt that they would oppose our plans.
3. (British, American & Australian taboo) if a man shoots his wad, semen (= thick liquid containing a man's seed) comes out of his penis He shot his wad as soon as she took her blouse off.
See fire blanks
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

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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5cm (2in) thick wadding cut to the size of the chipboard plus 8cm to 10cm (3in-4in) overlap all round.
When paper shells and fiber wads were the norm, we killed as much game and as many targets as we do today, but our shotguns did not sport overbored barrels and the fiber wadding column expanded sufficiently to seal off hot gases from the shot column.
Currently available from Bombi Meccanica, Florence, Italy, is a hot calender line for wadding felt ovens, ovens for recycled felt, spray bonding plants, perforated drums and other machinery.
The next step involves putting space between the molecular assemblies by adding fluid wadding such as acetone to the oil, along with more water and a catalyst.
Contract notice:Supply wadding for the needs of hospitals
STEP 2: With your board laying face down on top of wadding and fabric the wrong way round, use the staple gun, starting from the centre and staple fabric fold fabric onto the wooden frame of board - pulling tightly on the fabric.
WATERFORD ref Michael Wadding has been confirmed as the man in the middle for next month's All-Ireland senior hurling final.
Disposable product manufacturer RMED International, Westport, CT, recently developed a disposable diaper designed to achieve fluid absorbency through a wadding batt layer consisting solely of a combination of cotton and wood pulp, rather than through a wadding batt layer with wood pulp and a superabsorbent polymer or other form of chemical absorbent.