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for a wonder
Contrary to the expected outcome; surprisingly. I just started exercising again this year as part of my New Year's resolution, and, for a wonder, I'm actually really enjoying it! For a wonder, my son didn't argue when I asked him to clean his room.
A timorous, insipid, or apprehensive person; someone without conviction, confidence, or courage. All those gutless wonders in Congress never get anything done unless the big corporations tell them it's OK.
(it's) little wonder
It is not at all surprising (that something is the case). I was always terrible at math in school, so it's little wonder that I have such trouble filing my taxes. Little wonder you had such trouble starting the car: the battery is almost completely dead!
(it's) small wonder
It is not at all surprising (that something is the case). I was always terrible at math in school, so it's small wonder that I have such trouble filing my taxes. Small wonder you had such trouble starting the car: the battery is almost completely dead!
Not a surprising or unexpected thing at all. You drank an entire bottle of bourbon by yourself? Small wonder that you feel as bad as you do this morning. Considering the massive legal team they can afford to hire, it's a small wonder that few people are able to successfully sue the corporation for its questionable practices.
A self-important upper class British man who is considerd by others to be stupid or inexperienced. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Jill's incompetent manager is just a chinless wonder who got his job because he happens to be friends with the CEO.
(I) wonder if
a phrase introducing a hypothesis. Henry: I wonder if I could have another piece of cake. Sue: Sure. Help yourself. Andy: Wonder if it's stopped raining yet. Rachel: Why don't you look out the window? Andy: I wonder if I'll pass algebra. Father: That thought is on all our minds.
I'm not surprised.and I don't wonder.
It is not surprising.; It should not surprise anyone. Mary: All this talk about war has my cousin very worried. Sue: No doubt. At his age, I don't wonder. John: All of the better-looking ones sold out right away. Jane: I'm not surprised.
nine days' wonder
Fig. something that is of interest to people only for a short time. Don't worry about the story about you in the newspaper. It'll be a nine days' wonder and then people will forget. The elopement of Bob and Anne was a nine days' wonder. Now people never mention it.
[something is] not surprising. No wonder the baby is crying. She's wet. It's no wonder that plant died. You watered it too much.
a seven-day wonder
Fig. a person or a process supposedly perfected in only seven days. (Sarcastic.) Tommy is no seven-day wonder. It took him 6 years to get through high school!
Time works wonders.
Prov. The passing of time can resolve many problems. I thought I would never forgive my ex-husband for leaving me, but now, ten years later, I feel pretty well disposed toward him. Time works wonders. You'll change your mind eventually. Time works wonders.
wonder about someone or something
to be curious or in doubt about someone or something. I wonder about Carl and what he is up to. Sometimes I wonder about life on other planets. Jenny's performance record made me wonder about her chances for success.
wonder at someone or something
to be amazed at or in awe of someone or something. (Stilted.) We all wondered at Lee and the way he kept his spirits up. The people wondered at the bright light that lit up the sky.
Wonders never cease!and Will wonders never Cease!
Prov. What an amazing thing has happened! (Said when something very surprising happens. Somewhat ironic; can imply that the surprising thing should have happened before, but did not.) Fred: Hi, honey. I cleaned the kitchen for you. Ellen: Wonders never cease! Jill: Did you hear? The company is allowing us to take a holiday tomorrow. Jane: Wonders never cease! Not only was my plane on time, the airline also delivered my luggage safely. Will wonders never cease?
work wonders (with someone or something)
to be surprisingly beneficial to someone or something; to be very helpful with someone or something. This new medicine works wonders with my headaches. Jean was able to work wonders with the office staff. They improved their efficiency as soon as she took over.
it's a wonder
it is surprising After having so many problems with the house, it's a wonder they ever got to live in it.Opposite of: (it's) no wonder
(it's) no wonder
it is not surprising It's no wonder ticket prices are so high when you see what the players are being paid. No wonder I couldn't find my keys! They were in the car all along.Opposite of: it's a wonder
work wondersalso do wonders
to cause improvements or have a very good effect He's only been here for a couple of months and already he's worked wonders. Drinking lots of water does wonders for the skin.
a chinless wonder(British & Australian humorous)
an English man from a high social class, who thinks he is intelligent and important, but who other people think is weak and stupid He's just another chinless wonder doing a job that his Daddy got for him.
a one-hit wonder
someone who performs popular music who makes one successful record and then no others The seventies saw a succession of one-hit wonders who were famous overnight and then never heard of again.
a nine/one/seven-day wonder
someone or something that causes interest or excitement for a short period but is then quickly forgotten His music was derided by an older generation convinced that he was a nine-day wonder.
to improve something a lot (often + for ) Extra water in the diet is generally beneficial to the health and it works wonders for the skin. He's only been in charge at Arsenal for a couple of months and already he's worked wonders.
for a wonder
Surprisingly, strange to say, as in For a wonder he didn't argue with the waiter about the bill. [Late 1700s]
Also, small wonder. It's not at all (or hardly) surprising, as in With the goalie out with a sprained ankle, it's no wonder you lost the game, or If he finished off all of the turkey, small wonder he has a stomachache. [c. a.d. 900]
wonders will never cease
What a surprise, as in He's on time-wonders will never cease. This expression is generally used ironically. [Late 1700s]
Succeed, produce a good outcome, as in The new coat of paint works wonders with this bedroom, or The physical therapy has worked wonders with these patients. Literally meaning "perform miracles," this term has been used somewhat more loosely since the 1700s. Also see work like a charm.
To be filled with curiosity or doubt about something or someone: I often wonder about the condition of the world. Do you ever wonder about the decision you made to quit school?
1. To be surprised or puzzled by something or someone: I wonder at your willingness to follow your boss's strange orders.
2. To be awed or astonished by something or someone; marvel at something: The children wondered at the colorful fish in the aquarium.
n. a totally spineless person. George, don’t be such a gutless wonder! Stand up for your rights!
1. n. an oafish or awkward person. (Usually objectionable.) That stupid jerk is the classic titless wonder. What a twit!
2. n. an unsatisfactory thing or situation. I’ve got to take this titless wonder into the shop for an oil change.
n. steroids. (see also juice.) Look at the guns on that dude! Must be using wonder water.
To have a beneficial effect: This tonic will do wonders for you.
for a wonder
As a cause for surprise; surprisingly.
nine day wonder
Something with short-lived popularity. The idea is that a song, a fad, or anything else that captures the public's fancy starts out like a house on fire but begins to pall after a little more than a week. The proverb “A wonder lasts nine days, and then the puppy's eyes are open” refers to dogs being born with their eyes shut; like them, the public is blind to the fad until they become sated or bored or both and then their eyes metaphorically open. The earliest recorded use of the phrase came from William Kemp, an Elizabethan comic actor, who in 1600 did a Morris dance over the 130 miles from London to Norwich. His account of his nine-day dance-athon was titled Kemp's Nine Daies Wonder, which would suggest that the phrase had been well in vogue before Kemp used it.