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written all over (one's) face

Evident by one's facial expression. Said of one's emotions or inner thoughts. Jenny said she wasn't scared before we went into the haunted house, but terror was written all over her face. John said nothing, but his response was written all over his face.
See also: all, face, over, written

not worth the paper it's printed on

Useless; unimportant; insignificant. Oh, that memo is not worth the paper it's printed on. You know the boss is going to completely change her mind about it in a few days anyway! Due to the recent hyperinflation, the nation's currency is now not worth the paper it's printed on.
See also: not, on, paper, print, worth

be written all over (one's) face

Of one's emotions or inner thoughts, to be evident by one's facial expression. Jenny said she wasn't scared before we went into the haunted house, but terror was written all over her face. John said nothing, but his response was written all over his face.
See also: all, face, over, written

carved in stone

Permanently fixed or firmly established; incapable of being changed. Often used in the negative. The deal isn't yet carved in stone, but we're confident it will go ahead as hoped.
See also: carve, stone

have (one's) name written all over it

To be a perfect match for someone's interests or tastes. Are you sure you don't want a popsicle? There's a cherry one here that has your name written all over it! A: "A mystery novel has Susie's name written all over it, doesn't it?" B: "Oh yeah, she loves spooky things."
See also: all, have, name, over, written

it's written in the stars

It is fated or predestined to happen; it is meant to be this way. I firmly believe that it was written in the stars for me to come to this country and meet you.
See also: star, written

written in the stars

Destined to be. I don't think my fame was written in the stars. I think it was a product of my hard work and the support of the people who helped me along the way.
See also: star, written

write (one's) (own) ticket

To have the means, ability, or empowerment to decide one's own terms or course of action. Students who specialize in computer programming have been able to write their tickets in the economy for the last several years, as demand has continued to outpace supply for skilled employees in this field. The movie star began writing her own tickets after she exploded in popularity in the early 2000s.
See also: ticket, write

not worth the paper it's written on

Useless; unimportant; insignificant. Oh, that memo is not worth the paper it's written on. You know the boss is going to completely change her mind about it in a few days anyway! Due to the recent hyperinflation, the nation's currency is now not worth the paper it's written on.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

sealed with a kiss

1. A phrase written on an envelope to indicate that one kissed it to show love for the recipient, perhaps literally and leaving behind a lipstick mark. Often abbreviated as "SWAK." You must have a secret admirer, because "sealed with a kiss" is written on the back of the envelope along with a red lipstick kiss mark.
2. By extension, written and sent with love and affection. This letter comes sealed with a kiss, since I can't be there to kiss you in person.
See also: kiss, seal

write away

1. To send a typed or handwritten request by mail. Typically followed by "to someone or something." We'll have to write away for the component we need, as there's only one manufacturer in the region and he doesn't have a phone or email address. Once I had enough barcodes from the back of the cereal box, I had to write away to the company in order to claim my prize.
2. To write a large amount very quickly or continuously. I want to get my thesis done soon, so I've been writing away for the last three weeks. I just want to put my headphones on and write away by myself—I can't abide all these distractions!
See also: away, write

write down

1. To record or note something on paper. A noun or pronoun can be used between "write" and "down." I managed to write down the license plate number of the car before it sped away from the accident. Make sure you write the directions down so you don't forget!
2. To list the value or price of something as being lower than it was before, especially for tax purposes. We have a number of financial assets we'll be able to write down at the end of the years.
See also: down, write

write out

1. To write down all of the letters or words of something that could be expressed in an abbreviated form or as a symbol. A noun or pronoun can be used between "write" and "out." Please write out your full address, not just your house number and street name. Many on the board can't read shorthand, so please write everything out in standard English.
2. To express in writing something one is thinking, especially to help clarify or articulate it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "write" and "out." OK, why don't we sit down and write out all the reasons why this would be a good or bad idea. He was having trouble saying what he meant, so I suggest that he try writing it out.
3. To write so much or so constantly as to exhaust one's energy, capabilities, or ideas. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "write" and "out," except in passive constructions. Be sure to give yourself regular short breaks or you'll end up writing yourself out before the end of the day. By the time I reached the end of the four-hour exam, I was well and truly written out.
See also: out, write

zonk out

1. To drain the mental or physical energy from someone. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "zonk" and "out." Often used in passive constructions. Sitting out in the sun all day really zonked me out! The kids were zonked out after swimming at the beach all day long.
2. To fall asleep or lose consciousness. I can't believe I zonked out on the couch like that! How long was I asleep? Don't zonk out while you're driving—pull over and take a nap if you need to!
3. To intoxicate someone; to alter or inhibit one's senses. Said of drugs, whether prescription or recreational. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is be used between "zonk" and "out." I don't like the way marijuana zonks me out, so I just don't ever smoke it. The pain pills his doctor gave him really zonked Jeff out.
See also: out, zonk

carved in stone

 and engraved in stone; written in stone
Fig. permanent or not subject to change. (Often in the negative.) Now, this isn't carved in stone yet, but this looks like the way it's going to be. Is this policy carved in stone, or can it still be modified?
See also: carve, stone

It's written all over one's face.

Fig. It is very evident and can easily be detected when looking at someone's face. I know she's guilty. It's written all over her face.
See also: all, face, over, written

not worth the paper it's written on

 and not worth the paper it's printed on
Fig. [of a document] meaningless or without authority; of no value. That contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. All the signatures are forged. Don't take a check from that guy. It's not worth the paper it's written on.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

sealed with a kiss

 and SWAK
written and sent with love and care. (The initialism is sometimes written on love letters. Also an acronym.) All her letters come SWAK. I know they are sealed with a kiss, because she says so.
See also: kiss, seal

write away

to write a lot; to continue writing. There he was, writing away, not paying attention to anything else. I spent the entire afternoon writing away, having a fine, productive time.
See also: away, write

write something down

to make a note of something; to record something in writing. Please write this down. Please write down what I tell you.
See also: down, write

write something out

 
1. to spell or write a number or an abbreviation. Don't just write "7," write it out. Please write out all abbreviations, such as Doctor for Dr.
2. . to put thoughts into writing, rather than keeping them in memory. Let me write it out. Then I won't forget it. Karen wrote out her objections.
See also: out, write

zonk out

Sl. to collapse from exhaustion; to go into a stupor from drugs or exhaustion. I'm gonna go home and zonk out. I went home after the trip and just zonked out.
See also: out, zonk

zonk someone out

 
1. Sl. to make someone tired or exhausted. All the work zonked him out. She zonked out the team with the long practice.
2. . Sl. to cause someone to become intoxicated. The drug zonked Max out totally. It zonked out Max.
See also: out, zonk

write down

1. Set down in writing, record, as in Please write down your new address and phone number. [Late 1500s]
2. Reduce in rank, value, or price, as in They've written down their assets. [Late 1800s]
3. Write in a simple or condescending style, as in These science texts are written down for high-school students. [Second half of 1800s]
See also: down, write

write out

1. Express in writing, especially in full form. For example, Write out your request on this form, or No abbreviations allowed; you have to write everything out. [Mid-1500s]
2. write oneself out. Exhaust one's energies or abilities by writing too much, as in He's been doing a novel a year for ages, but now he's written himself out. [Early 1800s]
See also: out, write

written all over your face

If an emotion or your opinion about something is written all over your face, it is very obvious to people what you are feeling or thinking. My misery must have been written all over my face. Joy and relief were written all over the faces of the freed hostages.
See also: all, face, over, written

not worth the paper it's written on

If something such as an agreement, promise or qualification is not worth the paper it's written on, it has no value, even if it seems official and definite. Many employers say that today's qualifications are not worth the paper they're written on. Note: Printed is sometimes used instead of written. The certificate is not worth the paper it's printed on.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

not worth the paper it is written on

(of an agreement, promise, etc.) of no value or validity whatsoever.
See also: not, on, paper, worth, written

be (or have something) written all over your face

used to convey that the presence of a particular quality or feeling is clearly revealed by a person's expression. informal
See also: all, face, over, written

the spoken/written ˈword

the language, in speaking/writing: The spoken word is often very different from the written word.
See also: spoken, word, written

not worth the paper it’s ˈprinted/ˈwritten on

(of a written agreement, document, report, etc.) not having any value, especially legally, or because the person involved does not intend to do what they say they will: The promises in this letter aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
See also: not, on, paper, print, worth, written

be written all over somebody’s ˈface

(of an emotion) be clearly seen on somebody’s face: You could see he was guilty; it was written all over his face.
See also: all, face, over, written

have somebody/something written all ˈover it

(informal) show clearly the influence or characteristics of somebody/something: It’s been badly organized, as usual — it’s got the council written all over it.

write away

v.
To send a written request: I wrote away for a replacement part when my vacuum cleaner broke down.
See also: away, write

write down

v.
1. To set something down in writing: I wrote down all my thoughts in a journal. If you remember the address, write it down before you forget it again!
2. To reduce something in rank, value, or price: The store is writing down all obsolete inventory. When the tickets didn't sell, we wrote them down to half price.
3. To disparage something in writing. Used chiefly in the passive: The movie was written down in all the newspapers.
4. To write in a conspicuously simple or condescending style: The author wrote down to the unsophisticated audience.
See also: down, write

write out

v.
1. To express or compose something in writing: I wrote out a check for $70. It's easier to learn new words if you write them out and memorize them.
2. To write something in full or expanded form: The teacher wrote out the Latin abbreviations on the board and explained their meanings. The secretary took the shorthand notes and wrote them out.
3. To delete or exclude something or someone from a narrative work or record: In the revised version of the script, the playwright wrote out the character of the detective. The author wrote the scene out of the novel. Radical thinkers tend to be written out of history books.
See also: out, write

zonk out

v. Slang
1. To go to sleep, especially due to exhaustion; conk out: I was so tired that I zonked out without even taking off my shoes.
2. To lose consciousness or awareness: The driver zonked out behind the wheel and ran off the road.
3. To cause someone or something to lose consciousness or awareness: Even a small dose of this cough syrup can zonk you out.
See also: out, zonk

sealed with a kiss

and SWAK
mod. written and sent with love and care. (The initialism is sometimes written on love letters. Also an acronym.) I know they are sealed with a kiss, because she says so.
See also: kiss, seal

zonk out

in. to collapse from exhaustion; to go into a stupor from drugs or exhaustion; to go to sleep. I’m gonna go home and zonk out.
See also: out, zonk
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