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find (something) wanting

To discover or determine that someone or something is deficient in certain or overall requirements, expectations, or standards. The report found the government's stimulus plan wanting in several key areas. Though impressed by his application letter, the firm found his C.V. wanting. Mary was found wanting in basic social etiquette by her peers.
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want to curl up and die

To wish one could have an escape or some instant relief from being mortified or extremely embarrassed. Hershel just asked me out in the middle of class in front of everyone. I want to curl up and die. After my presentation, I realized my fly had been down the whole time, and I wanted to curl up and die.
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want for (something)

To lack something. Don't get the kids any more toys, mom—they really want for nothing.
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want no part in/of (something)

To not want any involvement or role in something. For someone who wants no part in this trip, you sure are talking about it a lot.
See also: no, of, part, want

want none of it/that

To not want any involvement with something. For someone who claims to want no part in the corruption that has plagued the administration, he sure knows a lot about it.
See also: none, of, that, want

want rid of somebody/something

To wish to no longer be responsible for, associated with, or affected or by someone or something. Though many senators made it clear they wanted rid of the candidate before the election began, now that she has surged in popularity, those same senators are now embracing her. I really want rid of this restaurant—it's been nothing but a financial sinkhole since we bought it.
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want (one's) bread buttered on both sides

1. To want to benefit or profit from two or more separate and often contradictory or incompatible things or sources. In trying to strike a trade deal with the two nations, it's clear that the prime minister wants his bread buttered on both sides. The CEO wants her bread buttered on both sides, secretly investing in oil companies while publicly backing green energy initiatives to gain popular support.
2. To desire easy prosperity, success, or wealth without having to make sacrifices or put in the necessary effort. Kids these days want their bread buttered on both sides. They expect high-paying jobs like it's their birthright, but they aren't willing to work their way to the top!
See also: both, bread, butter, on, side, want

want none of (something)

To refuse to tolerate, accept, or participate in something. I was going to move back home with my girlfriend, but my parent's were having none of it. I'm having none of this plan—find someone else to finance your schemes.
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want ˈrid of somebody/something

(British English, spoken, informal) want to be free of somebody/something that has been annoying you or that you do not want: Are you trying to say you want rid of me?
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WANTING THE JOB: "I was 16 when I first realized that I wanted to have a career in public service.
As expected, the lowest rating came from those neither holding nor wanting the PFS accreditation; they also perceived both the experience requirement and the potential increase in legal liability as greater costs than did the PFS group.
The company sells Glocalnet-branded telecom services directly to end-users as well as turnkey solutions to large consumer corporations wanting own-brand telecommunications and Internet services.
Like Bruner and many others wanting to break into advertising, Fischer, 21, said that before he came up with the idea to wear a company logo on his face, he was simply trying to find a unique approach to marketing.
Only a handful of open enrollment requests cited a school's athletic programs as the reason for wanting the transfer, Allmandinger said.
He's totally preoccupied with physically not wanting to be hurt.
She thought it was an earthquake, and her neighbors in and around the 4200 block of Blackwood Street where she lives rushed out of their homes, bewildered and wanting to know what had happened.
To qualify, the candidates have to demonstrate they are taking a new direction in their lives and are not just wanting to take off one tattoo to put on another or prevent authorities from identifying them.
As far as wanting to come back, who wants to go through this again?