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A person's buttocks or anus.
- ‘Yeah, but if you do that again I'm going to put the showerhead up your wazoo.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
up (or out) the wazoo
informal In great quantities.
- ‘You're right, those two have issues out the wazoo, and Lana is off to find out why.’
- ‘I self-published and yes, I got reviewed up the wazoo.’
- ‘‘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.’
- ‘You know, you'd think a genuine people-person like me would have friends coming 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Fine her up the wazoo and put her on house arrest.’
- ‘They've got historical significance out the wazoo!’
- ‘A terrorist has no problem at all getting fake I.D. up the wazoo.’
1960s: of unknown origin.
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