One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘This is a specialty in which the patient understandably would like to get it over with as quickly as possible, (when you've got a hand up your wazoo, less is definitely more, I assure you) so bedside manner and likeable appearance are not as much of a factor.’
- ‘My fear is that if he does not win his case, we will have rectal exams up the wazoo.’
- ‘There were times when being moderately famous was a big pain in the wazoo.’
- ‘Yeah, but if you do that again I'm going to put the showerhead up your wazoo.’
up (or out) the wazoo
informal Very much; in great quantity; to a great degree.‘he's insured out the wazoo’‘Jack and I have got work up the wazoo already’
- ‘When a candidate says he wants to cut taxes, you can interpret that to mean that he wants to hike tax rates up the wazoo.’
- ‘You know, you'd think a genuine people-person like me would have friends coming out the wazoo.’
- ‘I have a whole bunch of photos from the trip and stories up the wazoo that I hope to post in a day or two.’
- ‘I self-published and yes, I got reviewed up the wazoo.’
- ‘A terrorist has no problem at all getting fake I.D. up the wazoo.’
- ‘You're right, those two have issues out the wazoo, and Lana is off to find out why.’
- ‘They've got historical significance out the wazoo!’
- ‘Even Mr. McDonald doesn't suggest that it's reasonable to tax smokers up the wazoo and legislate against their constitutional right to assemble peacefully.’
- ‘Fine her up the wazoo and put her on house arrest.’
- ‘‘I've worked at companies that had capital up the wazoo, but you couldn't get any money for maintenance because the financial strategy of the company was to reduce expenses,’ McCune says.’
1960s: of unknown origin.
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