in someone's or something's wake

Definition of in someone's or something's wake

  1. —used to say what is left behind by someone or something He went from job to job, leaving a trail of broken promises in his wake.

Word by Word Definitions

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

wakeplay
  1. :  to be or remain awake

    :  to remain awake on watch especially over a corpse

    :  to stay up late in revelry

  1. :  the state of being awake

    :  an annual English parish festival formerly held in commemoration of the church's patron saint

    :  vigil

  1. :  the track left by a moving body (as a ship) in a fluid (as water)

    :  a track or path left

    :  aftermath


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