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(deep) in the weeds
1. Of a restaurant worker, completely overwhelmed with diners' orders and unable to keep up with the pace. I was all alone waiting tables during Sunday brunch, so I got in the weeds almost immediately. Even with a full staff, Friday was so busy that we were deep in the weeds for most of the night. I spent my whole shift deep in the weeds, so no, you couldn't pay me to stick around here for another hour. See ya!
2. Overwhelmed with problems, troubles, or difficulties. We were starting to get deep in the weeds on the lead up to the software's unveiling, but we managed to make up some lost ground in the last couple of weeks. My relationship with Joanna has been in the weeds lately. Boy, we're deep in the weeds now. I'm worried we're going to have to scrap the whole thing.
3. Totally immersed in or preoccupied with the details or complexities (of something). I'd like to come out tonight, but I'm deep in the weeds with my thesis. When I left them at the library, they were deep in the weeds analyzing Mrs. Dalloway for their presentation. I think you're too deep in the weeds to see a solution. Some time away from the project might help.
(deep) into the weeds
1. Of a restaurant worker, completely overwhelmed with diners' orders and unable to keep up with the pace. I was all alone waiting tables during Sunday brunch, so I got into the weeds almost immediately. Even with a full staff, Friday was so busy that we were deep into the weeds for most of the night. It didn't take long to get into the weeds on my shift, so no, you couldn't pay me to stick around here for another hour. See ya!
2. Overwhelmed with problems, troubles, or difficulties. We were starting to fall deep into the weeds on the lead up to the software's unveiling, but we managed to make up some lost ground in the last couple of weeks. My relationship with Joanna has been getting into the weeds lately. Boy, we're deep into the weeds now. I'm worried we're going to have to scrap the whole thing.
3. Totally immersed or preoccupied with the details or complexities (of something). I'd like to come out tonight, but I'm deep into the weeds with my thesis. When I left them at the library, they were getting into the weeds analyzing Mrs. Dalloway for their presentation. I think you're too deep into the weeds to see a solution. Some time away from the project might help.
a lost ball in the high weeds
Someone who is completely clueless. Please don't let Joe try to fix the printer—he's a lost ball in the high weeds when it comes to all things mechanical. It's becoming increasingly clear that our new governor is a lost ball in the high weeds. I was like a lost ball in the high weeds out there because I don't normally play second base.
slang Marijuana. I think those boys out in the park are smoking crying weed—can't you smell it?
rude slang A male who is stupid, foolish, or inept. Of course Stan blew the big game—what a dickweed.
dated slang Marijuana. Primarily heard in US. I could tell by their glassy eyes and goofy demeanor that they'd been smoking giggle weed again.
go into the weeds
To become totally immersed in or preoccupied with the minute details or complexities (of something). Our seminar will go into the weeds of the new tax law, so it should be of great benefit to any financial team trying to determine how it will affect their company's level of compliance. Before we go into the weeds, let's give a brief overview for any of our listeners who aren't familiar with the issue.
grow like a weed
To grow up very quickly. I can't believe your son has gotten so big! He is truly growing like a weed!
1. slang Exceptionally potent marijuana. I like the odd puff of a joint, but the killer weed that Tom smokes is way too intense for me.
2. slang Marijuana that has been laced with phencyclidine (commonly known as PCP). If you think regular pot isn't exciting enough, why don't you make some killer weed by sprinkling this stuff into your joint? You'll have a trip you'll never forget!
3. slang Parsley flakes that have been laced with PCP as a substitute for or imitation of marijuana. After everyone started having horrible trips, I started to suspect that we had been sold killer weed instead of the real deal.
slang Marijuana that produces an exceptionally intense effect in those who smoke it. This strain of monster weed will make you hear music in a way you never have before. My roommate must have loaded the joint with some kind of monster weed, because I was almost catatonic after just one puff!
the weed of crime bears bitter fruit
Illegal, immoral, or illicit schemes will only every yield bad outcomes. While sentencing the three CEOs following their conviction, the judge said he wanted to make it clear to the whole country that the weed of crime bears bitter fruits.
1. noun, slang Marijuana. I smoked a lot of weed when I was in college, but I gave the stuff up once I started working full-time. If you're looking for some weed, my brother could hook you up.
2. adjective, slang Of, referring to, or containing marijuana. I just learned that my mom likes to make weed brownies—who'd have thought! This state has some of the strictest weed laws in the entire country.
informal A tool that uses a motor to spin a thin, flexible plastic cable at the end of a long handle in order to cut grass or other plants in hard-to-reach locations or at irregular angles. Technically known as a "string trimmer," but more commonly known as a "weed-whacker"; sometimes hyphenated. You really need to start using the weed eater to cut the grass along the fence that the mower can't reach.
To remove one or multiple undesirable people or things from a group. A noun or pronoun can be used between "weed" and "out." The military uses stringent standards to weed out unqualified enlistees. We need to weed all of these bugs out before we go live.
slang Someone who frequently or habitually uses marijuana. I was a pretty big weedhead when I was in college, but I gave the stuff up once I started working full-time. My brother and his friends are all total weedheads, so if you're looking to toke up, they're the right ones to talk to.
The black dress and veil traditionally worn by a widow while mourning the death of her husband. The formidable matriarch remained in her widow's weeds for years after the death of her husband, the late Don Salvatore.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
weed someone or something out
Fig. to remove someone or something unwanted or undesirable from a group or collection. (Fig. on removing weeds from the soil.) We had to weed the less productive workers out one by one. The auditions were held to weed out the actors with the least ability. I'm going through my books to weed out those that I don't need anymore.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Eliminate as inferior, unsuited, or unwanted, as in She was asked to weed out the unqualified applicants. This expression transfers removing weeds from a garden to removing unwanted elements from other enterprises. [First half of 1500s]
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.
1. To remove some weeds: We weeded out the clover. The gardener weeded the dandelions out.
2. To separate or get rid of some unfit or undesirable part; eliminate someone or something: The interviewers weeded out most of the applicants. The coach weeded the weaker players out.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
n. marijuana. I must have got hold of some crying weed. This stuff leaves me cold.
n. a stupid and ineffective male. He’s nothing but a pathetic dickweed!
1. n. very potent marijuana. (Drugs.) Wow, this stuff is killer weed!
2. n. phencyclidine (PCP), an animal tranquilizer. (Drugs.) Killer weed seems to be a favorite around here just now.
n. cannabis; powerful marijuana. (Drugs.) This is what they call monster weed. Stay away from it. It may have angel dust on it.
1. n. tobacco; a cigarette or cigar. This weed is gonna be the death of me.
2. n. marijuana; a marijuana cigarette. (Drugs.) This is good weed, man.
n. a smoker of marijuana. The weedheads are taking over this neighborhood.
n. clothing. Good-looking weeds you’re wearing.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
the weed of crime bears bitter fruit
No good will come from criminal schemes. The Shadow was a very popular radio detective series that began in the early 1930s. Its hero, playboy Lamont Cranston, had “the power to cloud men's minds,” a form of hypnosis by which he appeared off to the side of where people thought he stood (contrary to popular belief, the Shadow did not make himself invisible). After the credits at the end of every episode, the Shadow intoned, “The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay! The Shadow knows,” and then utter a sardonic laugh. Another famous Shadow-ism was “Who knows what evil lurks in the minds of men?—The Shadow knows!”
Female mourning costume. The word “weed” comes from an Old English word for “garment.” As a phrase to wear widow's weeds simply means to be in mourning. Many cultures have had or still have a custom of wearing distinctive clothing to mark a husband's death. In Victorian England, for example, a widow wore black for the first year and a day, then moved through dark purple and other somber colors to lighter shades. However, the queen who gave her name to the era wore no other color than black after the death of her beloved husband Prince Albert. Many widows in many Mediterranean countries, most notable Greece and southern Italy, wear black for the rest of their lives.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price