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(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."
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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

wicked bad

slang Especially unpleasant, nasty, or deleterious. They pulled a wicked bad prank on the principal, and they were all expelled as a result. The fumes from the chemicals were wicked bad, so everyone had to clear out of the room.
See also: bad, wicked

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

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.
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there's no rest for the wicked


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’.
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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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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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"Each of your victims should understand they are in no way to blame for the harm your wickedness caused.
That includes dealing honestly with the effects of sin and the consequences of wickedness.
Now add to these billions whose lives were terminated because of men's wickedness, those who died because of plagues, famines, earthquakes, floods, volcanoes and other catastrophes not caused by man's greed and wickedness but by "acts of God".
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A spokesman for the centre said: "An experiment to separate virtue from wickedness in his own nature results in the respectable Dr Jekyll releasing the demon within.
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All those who have been shouting at the screen at Pauline Fowler's wickedness will be delighted when she's rumbled this week.
Michael seeking his "protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil" became relevant against a backdrop of personal struggles and cultural observations.
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W.: Surely many people deserve hell, but we must remember that the mercy of God is infinitely greater than our wickedness. Peter and Judas committed very similar faults: Peter denied Jesus three times, and Judas handed him over.
So far, however, Messrs Gray, Smith, Tester and co seem to have remained at large, free to perpetrate whatever wickedness they fancy.
" The land of Illmoor, filled with towns called Phlegm and Dullitch, is not for the faint-hearted traveler; but it has its charms, since most of the citizenry is so ineffectual at their thieving and wickedness as to be laughable.
In this deceptively short book, Robert Jenson takes up six notions that we need when discussing ourselves as human: death, consciousness, freedom, reality, wickedness, and love.
God intended to wipe out all of mankind due to their wickedness and ignorance.
Kaspar has no plans to travel with his hosts, but like them he touched the armor and no longer is free; the wickedness inside the armor controls Kaspar though he fights it with his every breath.