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wicked tongue

The tendency to speak maliciously. Watch out for Ben—he has a wicked tongue and will probably say something upsetting before the night is over, Can't you say anything nice? You have such a wicked tongue!
See also: tongue, wicked

(there's) no peace/rest for the wicked

The lack of peace in one's life, or the perpetual need to be working or be busy, stems from one's sinfulness. The phrase comes from the Bible and is now usually used jocularly. He may have been acquitted of those crimes, but he will not go unpunished. There's no peace for the wicked. A: "You working late again, Stan?" B: "No rest for the wicked."
See also: no, peace, rest, wicked

have (one's) wicked way with (someone)

slang To have sex with someone. Did you really have your wicked way with that hot chick from the bar? Is that why you never came home last night?
See also: have, way, wicked

No rest for the wicked.

Fig. It's because you are wicked that you have to work hard. (Usually jocular.) A: I can't seem to ever get all my work done. B: No rest for the wicked.
See also: no, rest, wicked

there's no rest for the wicked

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no rest for the wicked

People use there's no rest for the wicked or no rest for the wicked to say humorously that they or someone else has a lot to do. There's no rest for the wicked. I have to get back to Manchester. Note: People also sometimes use peace instead of rest. Elizabeth called his name. `Oh dear, no peace for the wicked,' he said.
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no peace (or rest) for the wicked

someone's heavy workload or lack of tranquillity is punishment for a sinful life. humorous
This expression comes from Isaiah 48:22: ‘There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked’.
See also: no, peace, wicked

there’s no peace/rest for the ˈwicked

(usually humorous) used when somebody is complaining that they have a lot of work to do: Well, it’s been nice talking to you, but I really must go. No rest for the wicked!
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wicked

mod. excellent; impressive; cool. (Also in compounds, wicked smart, wicked cool, etc.) Now this is what I call a wicked guitar.

wicked bad

mod. really quite good. (Bad has a long history of being used as an intensifier. Wicked here is a synonym of the intensifier bad.) Man, this stuff is wicked bad.
See also: bad, wicked

no rest for the weary (wicked)

No peace and quiet for anyone; to be kept very busy. This term, dating from about 1900, today is used facetiously by or about a person who simply is kept very busy. It presumably echoes several biblical passages stating that God will take care of good people but will provide no peace for evildoers (Isaiah 48:22 and 57:21). Wicked is used more in Britain, weary in America. After a two-foot snowfall and predictions of at least another foot of snow, meteorologist Michael Henry said, “There’s no rest for the weary. Just when they . . . cleaned up after the last storm, here comes another” (Boston Globe, March 9, 2001).
See also: no, rest, weary

no rest for the wicked

Perpetual torment. We are told in Isaiah 57:21 that “there is no peace, saith my God to the wicked.” The phrase is often said as “no rest for the weary” and heard as a mild complaint in labor-intensive situations.
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Moreover, while Friedrich shows increasing range as his Kurt grows more desperate, and Minichmayr is incandescent as the amoral live wire Tanja with the wickedest laugh in Central Europe, both characters are ultimately too selfish and unlikeable to generate much sympathy.
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Kingston was established on a grid system in 1692 after a devastating earthquake had destroyed Port Royal, the pirate capital of the West Indies known as `the wickedest city on earth'.
An older "witness," now in his 40s, observes that the nuns who taught him were "the wickedest people he ever met." A younger Inuit "witness" confesses: he can't skin foxes and can't build an igloo.
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The wickedest of all sins is to run an advertisement without a headline.
Before I could learn how to grind milled rice to paste for unwrinkling the wickedest face, to plump palm-leaf cups with yeasty rice and sugar for fermenting cakes that ladies eat, drunk, roisterous through afternoons, before I could learn why she cried after the sixth babe was born, why she lost her gold bangles, and why I was a daughter not a son, she left.
For me the bizarre and wacky animals and insects of Larson's "The Far Side" have produced the wickedest, most convulsive bouts of sidesplitting laughter, offering a riotously funny view of the world.
Indeed, on page 54, we may read that Joseph Stalin's "cultural commissars began legislating the absolute subordination of form to content in the name of the proletariat," while Barr, "in the service of inherited capital, proclaimed the absolute subordination of content to form," even as "Goebbels, the brightest and wickedest of them all, was orchestrating their perfect match."
In Bodie's 1879 heyday, the population of 10,000 citizens included many considered the wickedest badmen in the West.
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Following the incident, which happened at around 3.30am on October 19, there were claims that the 'Wickedest Wickedest' event was overcrowded and tickets had been oversold.
Tales of the Old West seem to improve with age, as award-winning historian Tom Clavin (The Heart of Everything That Is) demonstrates in his lively new book, Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West.