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wart

1. An imperfection or flaw. Typically used in the phrase "warts and all." If you’re going to marry him, then you better love him, warts and all.
2. An irritating person. Quit being such a wart—you're giving me a headache.
3. An obstacle or impediment. I know it sounds like a great idea, but the wart here is Mom. How are you going to make sure she doesn't see you sneak out?

warts and all

Including any imperfections or flaws. If you're going to marry him, then you better love him, warts and all.
See also: all, and, wart

warts and all

Cliché even with the flaws. It's a great performancewarts and all. Yes, we admire each other very much, warts and all.
See also: all, and, wart

warts and all

Including all blemishes, faults, and shortcomings, as in Rather unwisely, they decided to buy the house, warts and all. This expression supposedly alludes to Oliver Cromwell's instruction to portrait painter Sir Peter Lely to "remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it." [First half of 1600s]
See also: all, and, wart

warts and all

COMMON If you describe or accept someone or something warts and all, you describe or accept them as they really are, including all their faults. After all these years, I know Paul very well and I love him, warts and all. Couldn't you go ahead anyway and write the unauthorized biography, warts and all? Note: You can use warts-and-all before a noun. This is very much a warts-and-all biography. Note: The 17th century English leader Oliver Cromwell is said to have told an artist who was painting his portrait that he did not wish to be flattered: `Remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.'
See also: all, and, wart

warts and all

including features or qualities that are not appealing or attractive. informal
This expression is said to stem from a request made by Oliver Cromwell to the portrait painter Peter Lely : ‘Remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me’.
1998 Times We painted Fayed, warts and all; Fleet Street denounces us for not painting just the warts.
See also: all, and, wart

ˌwarts and ˈall

(informal) including all the faults as well as the good points: She still loves him, warts and all.The story is that Oliver Cromwell asked the painter Sir Peter Lely to paint him exactly as he appeared, including all his bad features such as his warts (= a small hard lump that grows on the skin).
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wart

1. n. an annoying person. (Also a rude term of address.) Tell the wart to leave, or we will be forced to call Spike, who doesn’t care for such persons.
2. n. a problem or an obstruction in a plan. Okay, now we come to the wart. We don’t have the money to carry out this plan.

worry wart

n. someone who worries all the time. Don’t be such a worry wart.
See also: wart, worry

warts and all

Slang
All defects and imperfections notwithstanding: They love each other, warts and all.
See also: all, and, wart

warts and all

Without sparing any literal or figurative blemishes. The phrase is attributed to England's Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, who ordered Sir John Lely, the artist painting his portrait, not to flatter him, but to paint him with any and all physical imperfections . . . “‘warts and all.” As many people over the years credited Cromwell with the phrase, there is no definite proof that he did indeed use it. Still, if he didn't, he should have.
See also: all, and, wart
References in classic literature ?
A PERSON with a Wart on His Nose met a Person Similarly Afflicted, and said:
In a year and a half every man in California will have a wart on his Nose.
Thank you kindly," the Man with a Wart on His Nose replied, pocketing the money; "it is just the same to us as if you joined.
No, sir, you can bet he didn't, becuz he's the wartiest boy in this town; and he wouldn't have a wart on him if he'd knowed how to work spunk- water.
One can only see one eye," observed Damoiselle Guillemette; "there is a wart on the other.
It's not a wart," returned Master Robert Mistricolle, "it is an egg which contains another demon exactly similar, who bears another little egg which contains another devil, and so on.
There's a very respectable-looking young man,' added Mrs Nickleby, after a short consideration, 'who is conductor to one of the omnibuses that go by here, and who wears a glazed hat--your sister and I have noticed him very often--he has a wart upon his nose, Kate, you know, exactly like a gentleman's servant.
of course I mean that his glazed hat looks like a gentleman's servant, and not the wart upon his nose; though even that is not so ridiculous as it may seem to you, for we had a footboy once, who had not only a wart, but a wen also, and a very large wen too, and he demanded to have his wages raised in consequence, because he found it came very expensive.
After dinner Benjy called attention to a wart which Tom had on the knuckles of his hand, and which the family doctor had been trying his skill on without success, and begged the farmer to charm it away.
Methods: Inoculum was collected by paring a wart after antiseptic dressing and by pressing it in between two sterile glass slides a thin film like material prepared.
Apply a wart treatment product with salicylic acid: Available over the counter, this will help peel the wart-ridden skin and irritate the wart, which may trigger the immune system to respond.
You can remove a wart gradually by soaking it then rubbing it with a pumice stone and applying a salicylic acid wart remover.
But I'm here to tell you there is nothing magical about finding a wart on a cow's teat.
Having a family member with a wart has been shown to be stronger risk factor to the child than the use of swimming pools and shared bathing areas (5).
Remember, you are the patient's advocate," which sometimes means clashing with parents over whether to treat a wart, she said.