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Idioms and expressions with wish

As you wish

This is an expression used for telling someone that they can do whatever they want.

  • ‘Can I stay for another day?’ ‘Of course, as you wish.’
I wish

This expression is used for telling someone what you want them to do.

  • I wish she would mind her own business.
  • I wish you would stop talking about your problems!

‘I wish’ is also used for saying that something is not true, although you would be very happy if it were true.

  • ‘Did you get that promotion?’ ‘I wish!’ (= I didn’t get that promotion, but I would have been very happy if I had got it.)
Not wish something on anybody / not wish something on your worst enemy
  • It was such an unpleasant experience. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.
Wish someone well / ill

To wish someone well is to say that you hope good things will happen to them. To wish someone ill is to say that you hope bad things will happen to them.

  • I wished them well as they left on their journey.

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