with a will

Vigorously, energetically, as in He started pruning with a will. This term, first recorded in 1848, uses will in the sense of “determination.”


Nearby words

  1. witenagemot,
  2. with,
  3. with a grain of salt,
  4. with a vengeance,
  5. with a view to,
  6. with all due respect,
  7. with all one's heart,
  8. with an eye to,
  9. with bad grace,
  10. with bated breath

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