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will1 British & World English

Expressing the future tense

will2 British & World English

The faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action

will in will1 British & World English

Expressing the future tense

willpower in will2 British & World English

Control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one’s own impulses

Will, George F. British & World English

(1941-), US journalist, columnist, and television commentator. His conservative syndicated newspaper column first appeared in The Washington Post. He also wrote a column for Newsweek magazine from 1976, and appeared on television’s This Week

will do British & World English

Expressing willingness to carry out a request or suggestion

at will British & World English

At whatever time or in whatever way one pleases

free will British & World English

The power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate; the ability to act at one’s own discretion

will-call British & World English

Relating to or denoting a place (typically a ticket window or office) where items that have been paid for in advance can be picked up

Hay, Will British & World English

(1888–1949), English actor and comedian; full name William Thomson Hay. He is remembered for his screen characterizations of incompetent authority figures. His films include Oh, Mr Porter! (1937) and My Learned Friend (1944)

ill will British & World English

Animosity or bitterness

Rogers, Will British & World English

(1879–1935), US humorist and actor; full name William Penn Adair Rogers. A vaudeville headliner with his rope twirling and homespun humor from 1905, he wrote a syndicated column for The New York Times 1922–35. He died in a plane crash with aviator Wiley Post in Alaska

living will British & World English

A written statement detailing a person’s desires regarding future medical treatment in circumstances in which they are no longer able to express informed consent, especially an advance directive

that will do British & World English

No more is needed or desirable

if you will British & World English

Said when politely asking someone to do or consider something

with a will British & World English

Energetically and resolutely

time will tell British & World English

The truth or correctness of something will (only) be established at some time in the future

tenant at will British & World English

A tenant that can be evicted without notice

what you will British & World English

What you want or like

will do in will1 British & World English

Expressing willingness to carry out a request or suggestion

at will in will2 British & World English

At whatever time or in whatever way one pleases

blood will tell British & World English

Family characteristics cannot be concealed

have one's will British & World English

Obtain what one wants

will-o'-the-wisp British & World English

A phosphorescent light seen hovering or floating at night on marshy ground, thought to result from the combustion of natural gases

a worm will turn British & World English

(Even) a meek person will resist or retaliate if pushed too far

the fur will fly British & World English

There will be serious or violent trouble

heads will roll British & World English

People will be dismissed or forced to resign

murder will out British & World English

Murder cannot remain undetected

boys will be boys British & World English

Used to express the view that mischievous or childish behaviour is typical of boys or young men and should not cause surprise when it occurs

chuck-will's-widow British & World English

A large nightjar native to eastern North America

Kellogg, Will Keith British & World English

(1860–1951), American food manufacturer. He collaborated with his brother, a doctor, to develop a breakfast cereal for sanatorium patients, of crisp flakes of rolled and toasted wheat and corn. Its success led to the establishment of the W. K. Kellogg company in 1906

you will be lucky British & World English

Used to imply in an ironic or resigned way that someone’s wishes or expectations are unlikely to be fulfilled

if you will in will2 British & World English

Said when politely asking someone to do or consider something

with a will in will2 British & World English

Energetically and resolutely

that will be the day British & World English

That is very unlikely

work one's will on/upon British & World English

Accomplish one’s purpose on

wonders will never cease British & World English

Used, often ironically, as an exclamation of great surprise at something pleasing

that will do in that British & World English

No more is needed or desirable

I will try anything once British & World English

Used to indicate willingness to do or experience something new

have a will of one's own British & World English

Have a wilful character

blood will tell in blood British & World English

Family characteristics cannot be concealed

there will be hell to pay British & World English

Serious trouble will occur as a result of a previous or proposed action

will have none of something British & World English

Refuse to accept a particular thing, especially a person’s behaviour

murder will out in murder British & World English

Murder cannot remain undetected

heads will roll in head British & World English

People will be dismissed or forced to resign

only British & World English

In an inevitable but undesirable way


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