Idioms

    for the win, Slang. (used to express enthusiasm for someone or something that is very good, likely to succeed, etc.): a plant-based diet, for the win!

Origin of win

1
before 900; Middle English winnen (v.), Old English winnan to work, fight, bear; cognate with German gewinnen, Old Norse vinna, Gothic winnan

Related forms

win·na·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for win out (1 of 3)

win out


verb

(intr, adverb) informal to succeed or prevail as if in a contestsanity rarely wins out over prejudice

British Dictionary definitions for win out (2 of 3)

win

1
/ (wɪn) /

verb wins, winning or won

noun

See also win out

Derived Forms

winnable, adjective

Word Origin for win

Old English winnan; related to Old Norse vinna, German gewinnen

British Dictionary definitions for win out (3 of 3)

win

2
/ (wɪn) /

verb wins, winning, won or winned (tr) Irish, Scot and Northern English dialect

to dry (grain, hay, peat, etc) by exposure to sun and air
a less common word for winnow

Word Origin for win

Old English, perhaps a variant of winnow
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Idioms and Phrases with win out (1 of 2)

win out


Succeed, prevail, as in She was sure she'd win out if she persisted. [Late 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with win out (2 of 2)

win


In addition to the idioms beginning with win

  • win by a nose
  • wind down
  • wind up
  • wine and dine
  • wing it
  • win hands down
  • winning streak
  • win one's spurs
  • win on points
  • win out
  • win over
  • win some, lose some
  • win through

also see:

  • (win) hands down
  • no-win situation
  • slow but sure (steady wins the race)
  • you can't win
  • you can't win 'em all
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