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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: peace, rest, wicked

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

To have sexual intercourse 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: rest, wicked

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.
See also: rest, wicked

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: 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!
See also: peace, rest, 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 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.
See also: rest, wicked
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Stephen Rhys Johnson HE made me laugh at his wickedness and non-conformism.
Jones said that Biblical plagues were contagious diseases that were caused by changes in people's lifestyles as the first cities sprang up and Noah's flood was not God's response to human wickedness but was more likely due to the end of the Ice Age.
In his message on Yaum-i-Ashur, he said that Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), members of his family and his faithful companions fought against impiety and wickedness and rendered the supreme sacrifice by emrassing martyrdom.
Wicked: Urch Sentencing him, Judge John Potter said six of the charges "reflect acts of sexual abuse of three children on a regular, at least weekly basis, during which these children were subjected to gross acts of deviant wickedness or encouragement from you to become involved in such acts for your own perverted sexual gratification".
The other - such as one parent killing the children out of revenge to the other parent - is down to an extreme form of wickedness.
In his message on Youm-e-Ashur, he said that Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), members of his family and his faithful companions fought against wickedness and rendered the supreme sacrifice by embracing martyrdom.
Let sinners become whole, and let wickedness be no more.
But the substance of the book is that there is a distinction between evil and wickedness which is 'more than an intellectual quibble', and more to both than the mere inappropriate behaviour sometimes reproved and always explained by social workers and other disciples of Rousseau.
I HAD rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
And when it happens let's all pray that our barmy legal system - just for once - hands out a sentence that truly reflects the sheer wickedness of the crime.
She described the armour needed to fight against deceit, lies, unbelief, violence, wickedness and despair.
A MAN who murdered his boss and tried to kill three other people "in acts of callous wickedness, cruelty and inhumanity" was sentenced to life in prison yesterday.
Now, add to those two monsters of the past century all the warmongers of history whose greed and wickedness disposed of countless millions of human beings.
Something wicked this way comes; essays on evil and human wickedness.
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.