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a different ball of wax

Something completely dissimilar. It's one thing to babysit your friends' kids from time to time, but having your own children is a completely different ball of wax.
See also: ball, different, of, wax

a whole other ball of wax

Something very different to, and often more difficult or complicated than, something else. It's one thing to babysit your friends' kids from time to time, but having your own children is a whole other ball of wax. I know you think you're some hotshot just because you worked in television once, but working on a film is a whole other ball of wax.
See also: ball, of, other, wax, whole

as much chance as a wax cat in hell

Said of something that is very unlikely to happen. That interview was a complete disaster, so I think I have about as much chance as a wax cat in hell of getting the job.
See also: cat, chance, hell, much, wax

none of (one's) beeswax

Something that is of no concern to another. This phrase is a less formal or serious version of "none of (one's) business." It's none of your beeswax why I left the party early the other night.
See also: beeswax, none, of

nose of wax

Someone or something that can be easily influenced or changed. You need to set some boundaries if you want them to stop treating you like a nose of wax! He is not just a nose of wax for you to bend to your whims.
See also: nose, of, wax

on wax

On a phonograph record. "Wax" is a reference to the long-obsolete practice of making recordings on wax cylinders. I've always been told music sounds better on wax, but I honestly can't hear one bit of difference. More and more musicians are choosing to release their albums on wax alongside digital formats.
See also: on, wax

the whole ball of wax

Everything; the entirety of something. There's nothing more to tell you. That's the whole ball of wax.
See also: ball, of, wax, whole

wax and wane

To alternatingly increase (wax) and decrease (wane). My fortune has waxed and waned over the years, but I live simply anyway, and it has never affected me much. Voter turnout waxes and wanes depending on which positions are up for election.
See also: and, wane, wax

wax angry

To speak or write in an angry, indignant, or wrathful manner. Fans of the singer have been waxing angry online about the announcement that her new album would be pulled from store shelves due to the recent controversy. You can wax angry all you like, Tom, but it's not going to change the board's decision.
See also: angry, wax

wax eloquent

To speak or write (about something) with particularly eloquent language, especially to an ostentatious or performative degree. After his fourth gin and tonic, my father stood up and began waxing eloquent about the importance of family. She never hesitates to wax eloquent about all sorts of social injustices in the world.
See also: eloquent, wax

wax lyrical

To speak about something enthusiastically, especially by employing elegant language; to rhapsodize. It was a nice feeling when Dana waxed lyrical about the dinner I made, describing it as "sublimely scrumptious." If you're going to be a salesman, you're going to have to learn how to wax lyrical about the most mundane products to make them sound like must-haves.
See also: lyrical, wax

wax poetic

To speak about some topic in a poetic manner, often exaggeratedly or verbosely so. The entertainer has a habit of waxing poetic during interviews, which delights some people and infuriates others. Dan always loves to wax poetic about his vacation to Peru.
See also: poetic, wax

wax wroth

To speak or write in an angry, indignant, or wrathful manner. "Wroth" is an otherwise archaic term meaning "wrathful; angry or irate." Fans of the singer have been waxing wroth online about the announcement that her new album would be pulled from store shelves due to the recent controversy. You can wax wroth all you like, Tom, but it's not going to change the board's decision.
See also: wax, wroth

waxed

Having had hair partially or totally removed by waxing. I compete in bodybuilding competitions, so I get my whole body waxed in preparation for it. One of the things I hate the most about bikini season is having to get waxed down in my nether regions.
See also: wax
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

wax and wane

Fig. to increase and then decrease, as the phases of the moon. As the moon waxes and wanes, so does the height of the tide change. Voter sentiment about the tax proposal waxes and wanes with each passing day.
See also: and, wane, wax

wax angry

 and wax wroth
Fig. to speak in anger and with indignity. Seeing the damage done by the careless children caused the preacher to wax wroth at their parents.
See also: angry, wax

wax eloquent

Fig. to speak with eloquence. Perry never passed up a chance to wax eloquent at a banquet.
See also: eloquent, wax

wax poetic

Fig. to speak poetically. I hope you will pardon me if I wax poetic for a moment when I say that your lovely hands drift across the piano keys like swans on a lake.
See also: poetic, wax

whole ball of wax

 and whole shooting match
the whole thing; the whole matter or affair; the entire affair or organization. John is not a good manager. Instead of delegating jobs to others, he runs the whole shooting match himself. There's not a hard worker in that whole shooting match. I will be glad to be finished with this project. I want to be done with the whole ball of wax. I am tired of this job. I am fed up with the whole ball of wax.
See also: ball, of, wax, whole
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wax and wane

Increase and decrease, as in size, number, strength, or intensity, as in Enrollments in these programs wax and wane from year to year. This expression alludes to the phases of the moon, with its periodic changes in size. It was first recorded in the 1300s.
See also: and, wane, wax

whole ball of wax, the

Also, the whole enchilada or shooting match or shebang . Everything, all the elements, the entire affair. For example, The union demanded higher wages, a pension plan, job security-the whole ball of wax, or The contract includes paperback rights, film rights, electronic media-the whole enchilada, or She lost her job, her pension, her health-care coverage, the whole shooting match. Not all the allusions in these slangy terms are clear. Ball of wax may refer to a 17th-century English legal practice whereby land was divided among heirs by covering scraps of paper representing portions of land with wax, rolling each into a ball, and drawing the balls from a hat. An enchilada combines several foods inside a tortilla; a shooting match denotes a shooting competition; and a shebang is a rude hut or shelter. The first two of these slangy terms date from the second half of the 1900s, the last two from the late 1800s. For synonyms, see whole kit and caboodle; whole megillah.
See also: ball, of, whole
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

the whole ball of wax

AMERICAN
If you talk about the whole ball of wax, you mean the whole of something, including everything connected with it. Perry wanted it all the fame, the money, the glamour — the whole ball of wax. Note: The usual British expression is the whole caboodle.
See also: ball, of, wax, whole

wax lyrical about something

If you wax lyrical about a subject, you talk about it in an enthusiastic way. He waxed lyrical about the skills and commitment of his employees.
See also: lyrical, something, wax
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

the whole ball of wax

everything. North American informal
See also: ball, of, wax, whole

wax lyrical about (or over)

talk in an effusive or enthusiastic way about something.
Wax (from Old English weaxan ) was used to mean ‘increase in size’ right through until early modern English, but since then it has been superseded in all general contexts by grow . It now survives only in certain expressions, especially with reference to the moon's monthly increase and decrease (waxing and waning ).
1998 New Scientist Even as they wax lyrical about the perils of a changing climate, Clinton and Gore are presiding over the most massive expansion of oil exploration and drilling since…the Trans-Alaska Pipeline twenty years ago.
See also: lyrical, wax

wax and wane

undergo alternate increases and decreases.
2002 New York Times The level of security that people are psychologically able to accept changes as crisis situations wax and wane.
See also: and, wane, wax
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

the whole ball of ˈwax

(American English, informal) the whole thing; everything: I panicked, I cried — the whole ball of wax.
See also: ball, of, wax, whole

ˌwax and ˈwane

(literary) increase then decrease in strength, importance, etc. over a period of time: The government’s popularity has waxed and waned over the past year.
These two verbs describe the changing shape of the moon in the sky. When the moon waxes, more of it is visible, and when it wanes we see less of it.
See also: and, wane, wax

wax ˈlyrical (about something)

(written) talk or write about something with enthusiasm: He began to wax lyrical about the new car he would buy with his earnings.
See also: lyrical, wax
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

wax

1. tv. to beat or defeat someone; to assault someone. The muggers waxed the vest and swiped his briefcase.
2. n. a phonograph recording; a substance onto which a recording is put. (Never singular or plural. The oldest recordings were wax cylinders. The nickname survives.) This is one of the finest pieces of music ever put on wax.

waxed

mod. alcohol intoxicated. (see also polished (up).) Sam got waxed and had to be taken home.
See also: wax

the whole ball of wax

n. everything; the whole thing. Well, that just about ruins the whole ball of wax.
See also: ball, of, wax, whole
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

on wax

Informal In the medium of phonograph recordings.
See also: on, wax
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

whole new ball game/ball of wax, a

An entirely changed situation. The first, an Americanism originating about 1970, applied the idea of a new sport with different rules to changed circumstances in almost any situation: for example, “If this were to happen, some official of our government would no doubt announce that we were in a ‘whole new ballgame,’ which would mean that none of the policies or promises made in the past were binding any longer” (New Yorker, 1971). It is also put as a whole other ball game. The second phrase, which has exactly the same meaning, may, it has been suggested, come from a seventeenth-century English legal practice whereby land was divided among several heirs. Wax was used to cover small pieces of paper on which portions of land were identified; each was rolled into a ball, and the balls were drawn from a hat by the heirs in order of precedence (the eldest first, the youngest last). Whether or not this was the source, “the whole ball of wax” today also means all the elements of a plan, situation, or action, as well as all related elements. Thus one might say, “He sold her his house, his boat, his car—the whole ball of wax.”
See also: ball, game, new, of, whole
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

as much chance as a wax cat in hell

As much chance as a wax cat in hell: a New England expression meaning no chance at all.
See also: cat, chance, hell, much, wax
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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