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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
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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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The second and perhaps more technical challenge was how to keep the wad column functioning properly as it passed through the suppressor.
The basic concept behind FLITECONTROL is to capture the payload within a sabot system as it exits the muzzle, so the wad stays with the shot milliseconds after leaving the barrel.
The choke manufacturer says the longer "goose tube" can contain the complete wad of even a 31/2-inch payload prior to exiting the muzzle, while the short "duck tube" has been designed to completely contain a 3-inch payload prior to exiting the muzzle.
Here we can use over-powder and undershot card wads to good effect.
At 30', (middle) the slug is still centered, the three buckshot have formed an evenly distributed triangular group of 6" around the slug, and the wads are still punching through the 9 ring.
Bayer has cured a headache of its making, getting rid of that little hard-to-remove wad of cotton in its aspirin bottles.
Just recently, for example, I received a letter from one gent who asked if it would be okay to use the Remington FIG-8 wad in place of the Winchester WAA12 wad when all other things are the same; and the past has seen a series of similar letters inquiring about switching from the Federal 209 to the CCI 209 primer or using a Remington Premier hull in place of a Federal Gold Medal, etc.
The 1-piece HyperSonic wad incorporates a short, hollow tube at its base, called the "ignition chamber.
Silver Steel has an environmentally friendly Bio-Wad, a fully biodegradable steel shot wad that immediately starts to break down after it leaves the barrel.
One reloading problem with just 7/8-ounce of shot is making the load fit without having to add a card wad to the shotcup.
We use a track-type excavator to carefully place logs and root wads into the stream," Wuertz said.
When compared to loads using conventional wads, the sabot system was moving over the screens faster with more uniform velocity.
2] dispenser unit, three chamber dimensioned adapters and foam rubber wads capable of handling bore sizes from 17 through 30 caliber.
Before practice on Saturday, Harris acknowledged that while his players were not throwing paper wads in an earlier team meeting, their concentration was obviously lacking.
In exchange for Ausdrill's ownership shares in WADS, Layne Christensen will pay $2.