All phrasal verbs with meanings and examples


Learning English with easypacelearningcom Phrasal Verb Meaning Example Abide by Accept or follow a decision or rule We have to ABIDE BY what the court says Account for To explain They had to ACCOUNT FOR all the money that had gone missing Ache for Want something or someone a lot My partners been away for a fortnight- I am ACHING FOR her Act on To take action because of something like information received The police were ACTING ON a tip from an informer and caught the gang red- handed Act on Affect The medicine only ACTS ON infected tissue Act out Perform something with actions and gestures They ACTED OUT the story on stage Act out Express an emotion in your behaviour Their anger is ACTED OUT in their antisocial behaviour Act up Behave badly or strangely My computers ACTING UP I think I might have a virus Act upon To take action because of something like information received The police were ACTING UPON a tip- off Act upon Affect The enzyme ACTS UPON certain proteins Add on Include in a calculation You have to ADD the VAT ON to the price they give Add up To make a mathematical total We ADDED UP the bill to check it was correct Add up Be a satisfactory explanantion for something She explained why the work wasnt ready but her story doesnt ADD UP Add up to Have a certain result Trains delays are getting worse and with the high fares it all ADDS UP TO misery for the commuters Add up to Come to a certain amount or figure The total costs ADD UP TO several million euros Agree with Affect- usually used in the negative to show that something has had a negative effect especially is it makes you feel bad I feel terrible- that food didnt AGREE WITH my stomach Aim at To target The magazine is AIMED AT teenagers Aim at Intend to achieve Theyre AIMING AT reducing costs by ten percent Allow for Include something in a plan or calculation You should ALLOW FOR delays when planning a journey Allow of Make possible permit The rules dont ALLOW OF any exceptions Angle for Try to get something indirectly by hinting or suggesting Hes been ANGLING FOR an invitation but I dont want him to come Complete Phrasal Verbs List
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Answer back To reply rudely to someone in authority Her mother was shocked when she started ANSWERING her BACK and refusing to help Answer for Be held responsible for a problem The government should be made to ANSWER FOR their failure to sort out the problem Answer for Speak on behalf of someone or from knowing them I can ANSWER FOR my partner because I know her position on this issue Argue down Beat someone in a debate discussion or argument The teacher tried to ARGUE the girl DOWN but she couldnt Argue down Persuade someone to drop the price of something theyre selling She ARGUED him DOWN ten percent Argue down Try to persuade people not to accept a proposition motion etc They tried to ARGUE DOWN the proposal Argue out Argue about a problem to find a solution If we cant ARGUE our differences OUT well have to take them to court Ask about Ask how someone is doing especially professionally and in terms of health He ASKED ABOUT my father Ask after Enquire about someones health how life is going Jenny rang earlier and ASKED AFTER you so I told her you were fine Ask around Ask a number of people for information of help I have no idea but Ill ASK AROUND at work and see if anyone can help Ask around Invite someone We ASKED them AROUND for dinner Ask for To provoke a negative reaction Youre ASKING FOR trouble Ask for Request to have or be given I ASKED FOR the menu Ask in To invite somebody into your house Jons at the door ASK him IN Ask out To invite someone for a date He wanted to ASK her OUT but was too shy Ask over Invite They have ASKED us OVER for drinks on Friday Ask round Invite someone We ASKED John ROUND for diner Auction off Sell something in an auction They AUCTIONED OFF their property as they were heavily in debt Back away Retreat or go backwards The crowd BACKED AWAY when the man pulled a knife Back down Retract or withdraw your position or proposal in an argument She refused to BACK DOWN and was fired Back into Enter a parking area in reverse gear He prefers to BACK his car INTO the garage Back off Retreat The police told the protesters to BACK OFF Back out Fail to keep an arrangement or promise He BACKED OUT two days before the holiday so we gave the ticket to his sister Back out of Fail to keep an agreement arrangement She BACKED OUT OF the agreement at the last minute Back out of Exit a parking area in reverse gear She BACKED the Rolls OUT OF its
Learning English with easypacelearningcom parking space Back up Make a copy of computer data You should always BACK UP important files and documents so that you wont lose all your work if something goes wrong with the hardware Back up Support The rest of the staff BACKED her UP when she complained about working conditions Back up Drive a vehicle backwards Tom BACKED UP without looking and ran over his laptop Bag out Criticise Dont bag out BAG OUT Australian English Bail out Save rescue The government had to BAIL OUT the airline because it was losing so much money Bail out Remove water from something that is flooded The boat was leaking so they had to BAIL it OUT Bail out Jump out of a plane because it is going to crash The pilot BAILED OUT when he saw that the engines had failed Bail out of Pay a bond to release someone from jail I must BAIL my drunken brother OUT OF jail Bail out on Stop supporting someone when they are in trouble Everybody BAILED OUT ON him when the scandal broke Bail up Talk to someone and delay them I was late because he BAILED me UP on the phone and wouldnt shut up Bail up Rob someone at gunpoint He was BAILED UP by a couple of muggers as he came out of the bank Ball up Confuse or make things complicated The new project has BALLED me UP- I have no idea what to do Ball up Roll or form into a round shape He BALLED UP his napkin when he had finished eating Balls up Spoil ruin He BALLSED the presentation UP Bang about Move in a place making a lot of noise Hes BANGING ABOUT in the kitchen Bang around Move in a place making a lot of noise I can hear him BANGING ABOUT upstairs Bang on Talk at great length He BANGED ON for half an hour but no one was listening Bang on about Keep talking about something Hes always BANGING ON ABOUT football Bang out Play a musical instrument loudly She BANGED the tune OUT on the piano Bang up Put someone in prison The judge BANGED him UP for eight years Bang up Damage badly He BANGED his car UP last night Bank on Count or rely on Im BANKING ON your help I cant do it alone
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Bargain down Persuade someone to drop the price of something theyre selling I BARGAINED her DOWN to half what she originally wanted Bargain for Expect something to happen usually negative I hadnt BARGAINED FOR so many people coming Bargain on Expect something to happen usually negative I hadnt BARGAINED ON him coming Barge in Enter a place and interrupt He keeps BARGING IN and asking stupid questions when Im trying to work Barge into Enter a place and interrupt people rudely They BARGED INTO my office without knocking and started talking even though I was on the phone Bash about Mistreat physically If you BASH your monitor ABOUT like that it wont last long Bash in Break damage or injure by hitting The burglars BASHED the door IN to enter the house Bash out Write something quickly without much preparation I BASHED the essay OUT the night before I had to hand it in Bash up Break damage or hurt by hitting They BASHED him UP in the fight in the pub last week and he had to go to hospital Bawl out Scold shout at someone She BAWLED me OUT for coming home drunk Bawl out Scold She BAWLED Raj OUT for getting there late Bawl out Sing or shout unpleasantly loudly He BAWLED OUT our names at the top of his voice Be after Try to find or get The police ARE AFTER him because of the theft Be along Arrive The next bus should BE ALONG in the next quarter of an hour or so Be away Be elsewhere on holiday etc Shes AWAY on business for three weeks Be cut out for Be suitable have the necessary qualities Shes not CUT OUT FOR this kind of work Be cut up Be upset She was very CUT UP about coming second as she thought she deserved to win Be down Be depressed Hes BEEN DOWN since his partner left him Be down Be reduced or less The firms profits ARE DOWN by ten percent this quarter Be down on Have negative feelings toward someone After the argument James is DOWN ON his boss Be down with Be ill Gul is DOWN WITH some bug and is off work today Be fed up Be bored upset or sick of something I AM FED UP of his complaints Be in Be at home or at work They ARE never IN I always get their answerphone
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Be in Be submitted arrive The application form must BE IN by 3pm on Friday Be in on Be involved in Susan was the only one who WASNT IN ON the plan Be not on Be unacceptable The way hes behaving IS just NOT ON Be off Be bad of food This yoghurt must BE OFF it smells foul Be off Depart leave Im OFF home its five oclock Be on Be functioning of machines The computer IS ON Be on Take place The show IS ON for the next three months Be on Take medication or drugs especially when they affect the person badly He IS ON anti-depressants and has become very difficult to please Be on Be at the top of ones game performing very well He IS really ON right now- three goals in five minutes Be on about Mean try to say I couldnt understand what he WAS ON ABOUT- it made no sense Be onto Pursue be aware of someones true nature Hes being very careful because he thinks the police ARE ONTO him Be out Be absent from a place She IS OUT on a visit for the day Be out of Have no more left Were OUT OF coffee so Ill have to go and get some Be out to Attempt She IS OUT TO get him sacked because she hates him Be snowed under Have too much work Were completely SNOWED UNDER at work because its the end of the tax year Be taken aback Be shocked or surprised I WAS TAKEN ABACK when I saw him because hes lost all his hair Be taken with Like something I WAS very TAKEN WITH the performance- it was superb Be up Be out of bed Shes not UP yet Be up Have increased or risen The companys profits ARE UP by fifteen percent Be up When the time for something finishes or expires Times UP please finish your drinks and leave Be up for Be enthusiastic about an upcoming event ARE you UP FOR the climb of Mt Blanc Be up to Be good enough Hes not UP TO the job get someone else Be up to Doing something naughty or wrong What are those kids UP TO Bear down on Move towards She spotted him on the other side of the room and BORE DOWN ON him Bear on Influence affect The judges character may well BEAR ON the final decision Bear out Confirm that something is correct Statistics BEAR OUT the governments positions on the issue
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Bear up Resist pressure How are you BEARING UP under the strain Bear up under Cope with something difficult or stressful Hes BEARING UP UNDER the pressure Bear with Be patient Please BEAR WITH me a moment while I finish this email Beat down Strong sunshine The sun WAS really BEATING DOWN and we couldnt stay outdoors Beat down Get someone to lower the price of something I managed to BEAT him DOWN to fifty Euros Beat out Narrowly win in competition The marathon runner barely BEAT OUT his rival at the tape Beat up Attack violently The mugger BEAT him UP and stole his wallet Beaver away Work hard Shes BEAVERING AWAY before her exams Beaver away at Work hard doing something I have to BEAVER AWAY AT it or else I will fail the course Bed down Sleep somewhere less comfortable than normal We had to BED DOWN on the floor for the night Bed down Become established or successful over time The new government has found it hard to BED DOWN and become accepted Bed out Move a plant outside I BEDDED the plants OUT when the weather warmed up Beef up Make something stronger or more solid The company BEEFED UP their case when they saw that the public wouldnt accept their first explanation of the accident Belong to Be a member He BELONGS TO a secret society Belong to Be connected to a time place belief thing etc Their ideas BELONG TO the nineteenth century and seem old-fashioned now Belong with Be in the correct or appropriate location with other items Does this disc BELONG WITH those on the shelf Belt out Sing something loudly They BELTED OUT the national anthems before the game Belt up Be quiet She told the students to BELT UP because they were making so much noise Belt up Fasten your seatbelt I told the kids to BELT UP before I started the car Bend down Lower the top half of your body I BENT DOWN to pick it up off the floor Bend over Lower the top part of your body I BENT OVER to do my shoes up Bend over backwards Do a lot to try to help or please someone I BENT OVER BACKWARDS for them and they didnt even thank me Big up Exaggerate the importance He BIGS himself UP all the time Big up Increase the size of muscles by exercise They work out a lot to BIG themselves UP
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Bitch up Spoil or ruin something I BITCHED UP the interview Black out Fall unconscious He BLACKED OUT and collapsed on the floor Black out Lose light Everything BLACKED OUT when the power supply failed Blank out Censor text so that words cannot be read The email addresses were BLANKED OUT in the documents shown to the court Blank out Have a temporary memory failure I was so nervous in the interview that I just BLANKED OUT and couldnt answer their questions properly Blare out A loud sound or music The music was BLARING OUT and I couldnt get to sleep Blast off Leave the ground- spaceship or rocket The space shuttle BLASTED OFF on schedule yesterday Blaze away Fire a gun repeatedly The shooters BLAZED AWAY at the pheasants Bleed out Cause sufficient blood loss to result in death They BLED OUT their calves Bliss out Be extremely relaxed and happy I BLISSED OUT on the beach all week Block in Park a car and obstruct another car I couldnt drive here this morning because someone had BLOCKED me IN Block in Shade or fill in He BLOCKED IN the events in his calendar Block off Obstruct an exit to prevent people from leaving The police BLOCKED OFF the road after the murder Block out Stop light from entering or leaving The trees BLOCK the sun OUT most of the day Block out Try not think about or feel something because it is upsetting or painful It was so unpleasant that I try to BLOCK it OUT- otherwise Id just be angry all the time Block up Fill a space so that nothing can pass The pipes BLOCKED UP and no water gets through Blow away Kill He grabbed a gun and BLEW the police officer AWAY Blow away Beat rivals or competitors by a large margin Their new product has BLOWN all the others AWAY Blow away Impress greatly Her first novel BLEW me AWAY Blow away When the wind moves something from a place The flag BLEW AWAY in the storm well have to buy a new one Blow down When the wind forces something to fall A tree was BLOWN DOWN in the storm Blow in Arrive sometimes suddenly or unexpectedly He BLEW IN from Toronto early this morning Blow off Not keep an appointment We were going to meet last night but she BLEW me OFF at the last minute Blow off Ignore not do something I BLEW the homework OFF and did
Learning English with easypacelearningcom badly Blow off Expel gas from the anus He BLEW OFF in front of everybody Blow out Extinguish candles matches etc She BLEW the candles OUT on her birthday cake Blow out Defeat decisively The Broncos BLEW OUT the Raiders 55- 0 Blow over When a scandal gets forgotten The scandal BLEW OVER within a fortnight when the press found someone else to attack Blow up Explode The bomb BLEW UP without any warning Blow up Inflate The pressure was low so I BLEW the tyre UP Blow up Enlarge eg photograph BLOW UP that photo so we can see his face Blow up The beginning of a storm A storm BLEW UP while we were out walking Blow up Lose your temper become angry They BLEW UP when they heard what I had done wrong Blurt out Say something quickly without thinking especially if you shouldnt I was really angry when he BLURTED OUT the secret Board out Arrange for pets to stay somewhere while youre away We BOARD our dog OUT with friends when we go abroad Board up Cover windows or doors with wood metal etc They BOARDED UP all the windows to stop people getting into the empty houses Bog down Slow make progress Yasini got BOGGED DOWN in his research and didnt finish the project in time Bog in Eat enthusiastically We were starving and BOGGED IN when the food was served Bog into Eat something enthusiastically They BOGGED INTO the lunch Bog off Get lost He lost his temper and told her to BOG OFF Boil down Simplify reduce to the essentials The reports so long I BOILED it DOWN into a two-page summary Boil down to Amount to It all BOILS DOWN TO money at the end of the day Boil over When a hot liquid spills out of a container I left the milk on the cooker and it BOILED OVER Boil over When people lose their tempers and things get nasty The tension had been building up and it BOILED OVER in the meeting Boil up Feel a negative emotion strongly The anger BOILED UP in me when I saw what they had done Boil up Cook or heat something to boiling point I BOILED UP some water for a cup of coffee Bolster up Give support reinforce strengthen We were all scared but she BOLSTERED UP our courage
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Bone up Study hard for a reason I will have to BONE UP to get a good result Bone up on Study hard for a goal or reason I need to BONE UP ON my French grammar for the test Book in Make a reservation in advance Ill BOOK us IN at the Intercontinental Book in Check in at a hotel WE took a taxi from the airport to the hotel and BOOKED IN Book into Make a reservation in advance Ive BOOKED us INTO a hotel in the centre of town for three nights Book into Check in at a hotel We BOOKED INTO the first hotel we could find Book out Leave a place in a hurry I dont like the look of the people arriving- lets BOOK OUT Book up Reserve The flights fully BOOKED UP Ill have to go the following day Boot up Start a computer He BOOTED UP the computer and started work Border on Be located next to a place Portugal BORDERS ON Spain Border on Be very nearly something What he did was BORDERING ON betrayal Boss about Use excessive authority to control people She BOSSES everyone ABOUT Boss around Use excessive authority to control people He BOSSES everyone AROUND Botch up Ruin or spoil something I BOTCHED UP the whole project and it had to be cancelled Bottle away Store up He kept his feelings BOTTLED AWAY Bottle out Lack courage to do something She was going to tell her boss exactly what she thought but BOTTLED OUT in the end Bottle up Not express your feelings She BOTTLED UP her feelings even though she was furious with them and kept quiet Bottom out Pass the lowest point and start rising The recession BOTTOMED OUT and the economy is recovering well Bounce into Force someone They have BOUNCED the government INTO calling an early election Bounce back Recover The economy is BOUNCING BACK from the recession Bounce off Test ideas They BOUNCED ideas OFF each other in a brainstorming session Bowl out Hit someones wicket in cricket with the ball He BOWLED the player OUT first ball Bowl over Surprise someone greatly I was BOWLED OVER by the news Bowl over Knock someone to the ground He was BOWLED OVER by the crowd rushing out Box in Prevent something from moving especially vehicles I was BOXED IN by the bus and couldnt change lane
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Box up Pack things in boxes to move them At the end of term I BOXED my books UP and sent them home Brace up Feel more confident or optimistic about something You should BRACE UP and stop worrying Branch out Move into a different area of business etc The supermarkets have BRANCHED OUT into banking Break away Leave an organisation usually to form a new one The SDP BROKE AWAY from the Labour Party Break down End negotiations unsuccessfully The talks between management and the unions BROKE DOWN acrimoniously Break down Start crying He BROKE DOWN in tears Break down Stop working My cars BROKEN DOWN so I came by taxi Break down Remove a barrier or obstacle He had to BREAK DOWN their opposition to his ideas Break in Go into a building to steal something The burglars BROKE IN and stole the TV and video Break in Interrupt something Im sorry to BREAK IN on your conversation but theres a problem Break in Train a horse to be ridden It took ages to BREAK the horse IN Break in Carefully use new products until they are fully functional I must watch my speed until I BREAK IN my new Volvo Break off Break a piece from something She BROKE OFF a square of chocolate and gave it to her dog Break off End a relationship She BROKE OFF their engagement when she found out that hed been unfaithful Break out Start war conflict Theyre worried that war will BREAK OUT Break out in Sweat heavily develop skin sores or irritation The measles caused me to BREAK OUT IN a rash Break out of Escape Three dangerous Category A prisoners BROKE OUT OF Wandsworth Prison last night Break through Pass a barrier or obstacle The crowd BROKE THROUGH the police barriers and attacked the hunters Break up Break into many pieces The plate BROKE UP when he dropped it on the floor Break up Close an educational institution for the holidays Schools BREAK UP at the end of June for the summer holidays Break up Finish a relationship They had been going out for a couple of years before they BROKE UP Break up Become inaudible over the telephone because of interference Youre BREAKING UP Ill call you back in a minute and see if we get a better connection Breeze along Move easily and quickly The film BREEZES ALONG for the first hour then becomes rather dull and slow Breeze in Enter a place quickly He BREEZED IN and started shouting at
Learning English with easypacelearningcom us Breeze into Enter a place quickly He BREEZED INTO the room and switched the TV on Breeze through Pass easily succeed She BREEZED THROUGH her exams Brick in Close or fill a space with bricks We BRICKED IN the side window Brick up Close or fill a space with bricks We BRICKED the back entrance UP Brighten up Improve weather The day started cloudy but BRIGHTENED UP in the afternoon Brighten up Become happier He BRIGHTENED UP when he heard the news Brighten up Make something more attractive or pleasant We tried to BRIGHTEN the place UP by painting it Bring about Make something happen The changes to the law were BROUGHT ABOUT by the government because so many people were ignoring the old one Bring along Bring someone or something to certain place You can BRING your friends ALONG if you like Bring along Help someone improve Her coach has BROUGHT her ALONG a lot in the last six months Bring around Persuade or convince someone It took me ages to BRING him AROUND to my point of view Bring around Bring something with you when you visit He BROUGHT some books AROUND when he came last night Bring around Get someone talking about something He didnt want to discuss the details but I managed to BRING him AROUND and he told me everything Bring back Cause someone to remember Visiting my old school BROUGHT BACK memories of when I was a pupil there Bring back Return He took the calculator home yesterday and hasnt BROUGHT it BACK yet Bring down Make a government fall The vote of no-confidence BROUGHT the government DOWN Bring down Make something cheaper The improvements in technology have BROUGHT the prices of computers DOWN considerably in recent months Bring forth Produce something make it known or visible The prosecution BROUGHT FORTH a lot of evidence against him Bring forth Produce She BROUGHT FORTH a surprising result Bring forth Make something happen The report has BROUGHT FORTH a lot of criticism of the policy Bring forth Remove something from where it is kept or hidden She BROUGHT FORTH the diary and showed it to us Bring forward Make something happen earlier than originally planned The meeting has been BROUGHT FORWARD to this Friday instead of next
Learning English with easypacelearningcom week because some people couldnt make it then Bring in Earn The job BRINGS IN two thousand dollars a month Bring off Succeed with something difficult No one thought shed manage to do it but she BROUGHT it OFF in the end Bring on Cause something to happen or speed up the process Getting wet in the rain yesterday BROUGHT ON my cold Bring on Make something appear BRING ON the dancers Bring out Release or publish The band are BRINGING OUT a new CD in the autumn Bring out Elicit a response Suzie BRINGS OUT the best in him Bring out in Cause a health problem or reaction It was the lobster that BROUGHT me OUT in this rash all over my body Bring round Make someone wake up from unconsciousness or an anaesthetic The doctors BROUGHT him ROUND a few hours after the operation Bring up Mention They didnt BRING the subject UP at the meeting Bring up Raise a child My parents BROUGHT me UP strictly Bring up Be officially charged with a crime He was BROUGHT UP on charges of public intoxication Bring Up Mention They didnt BRING the subject UP at the meeting Bring Up Raise a child My parents BROUGHT me UP strictly Bring Up Be officially charged with a crime He was BROUGHT UP on charges of public intoxication Brush off Ignore pay little attention The minister BRUSHED OFF the criticism Brush up Improve a skill quickly She took a two-week course to BRUSH UP her Spanish before she went travelling around South and Central America Bubble over Become very excited She BUBBLED OVER with joy when she heard her exam results Buck up Hurry either transitive or reflexive BUCK UP - the taxis waiting Buck up Smarten up improve You had better BUCK your ideas UP or youll fail the course Bucket down Rain heavily Take an umbrella its BUCKETING DOWN Buckle down Start working hard apply yourself We had to BUCKLE DOWN and study for the exam Buckle under Accept something under pressure against your will They didnt like the ideas but had to BUCKLE UNDER or face the sack Buckle up Fasten a seatbelt We were told to BUCKLE UP before take-off Budge up Move to make space for someone We had to BUDGE UP to let the fourth person in the back of the car
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Buff up Clear clean or make something shine The silver candlestick looked lovely after I BUFFED it UP Buff up Improve After the scandal the politician tried to BUFF UP his public image Buff up on Improve your knowledge quickly I BUFFED UP ON my grammar before the test Bug off Go away I told her to bug off because she was annoying me Bug out Open your eyes wide in surprise He BUGGED OUT when she turned up Bug out Leave somewhere in a hurry They BUGGED OUT when the police arrived Build up Develop a company She BUILT the business UP from nothing into a market leader in less than a decade Build up Increase Tension has been BUILDING UP ever since the government passed the unpopular law Bulk out Make something bigger or thicker I BULKED the essay OUT with a few quotes to reach the number of word required Bulk up Gain weight develop bigger muscles Hes BULKED UP a lot since he got those steroids Bump into Meet by chance I BUMPED INTO Helen on the underground the other day Bump off Kill The drug dealer was BUMPED OFF by a rival gang Bump up Increase They BUMP UP the prices in the high season Bundle off Send someone somewhere He BUNDLED the kids OFF to bed Bundle out Expel The barman BUNDLED the drunk OUT because he was annoying the other customers Bundle up Put on warm clothing We BUNDLED UP before going out as it was snowing Bundle up Wrap or tie things together I BUNDLED UP my newspapers and dropped them in the recycling bin Bunk off Not go to school when you should I used to BUNK OFF school and go into town Buoy up Make someone feel more positive After so much criticism the positive review BUOYED him UP Buoy up Keep afloat The lifejacket BUOYED me UP till the boat arrived Burn down Burn completely They had to completely rebuild the museum after the old one BURNED DOWN Burn off Remove by burning or similar process I BURN OFF a lot of calories in the gym Burn out Lose enthusiasm and energy to continue in a demanding job Jennie BURNT OUT after ten years working as a futures broker and went to
Learning English with easypacelearningcom live in the country Burn up Destroy completely by fire All his possessions were BURNED UP in the fire Burn up Drive at high speed The bank robbers BURNED UP the roads but were soon captured Burn up To be or cause to be highly annoyed His undeserved win in the election really BURNS me UP Burst into Catch fire very quickly The car BURST INTO flames and the driver died as he didnt have time to get out Burst into Laugh cry or clap loudly She BURST INTO laughter when she heard the joke Bust up End a relationship usually angrily or after arguing They BUST UP after a row last night Butt in Interrupt I hope you dont mind me BUTTING IN on your conversation but I couldnt help hearing what you said Butt out Not be involved in other peoples business This is none of your business so just BUTT OUT Butter up Praise or flatter someone excessively I tried BUTTERING my tutor UP but she still wouldnt let me hand it in late Buy in Force a CD or record into the charts by buying lots of copies Joe Meeks last hit Singin the Blues was probably BOUGHT IN at number 40 but failed to go any higher Buy into Accept an idea I never BOUGHT INTO the idea of a federalist Euopean Union Buy off Pay someone to stop them causing trouble He BOUGHT the newspaper OFF by placing a lot of adverts Buy out Buy somebodys share in a company His business partners BOUGHT him OUT to get rid of him Buy up Buy all of something We BOUGHT UP all the shop had before the price went up Buzz around Move quickly around a place Reporters were BUZZING AROUND the scene of the accident Buzz off Leave somewhere Im BUZZING OFF now- I have to meet some people Buzz off Go away imperative He told them to BUZZ OFF because they were annoying him Call after Name someone after somebody else She was CALLED Rose AFTER her late grandmother Call around Visit I CALLED AROUND but she wasnt in Call back Return a phonecall I must CALL her BACK when we get to the office Call for Demand The Opposition party CALLED FOR the ministers resignation after the scandal broke Call for Go to collect something The courier CALLED FOR your parcel
Learning English with easypacelearningcom but I told him it wasnt ready yet Call for Telephone for something Ill CALL FOR a cab right away Call for Go and collect someone to take them out Ill CALL FOR you at seven so be ready because the film starts at half past Call for Require An emergency like this CALLS FOR some pretty drastic action Call forth Make something happen The protests CALLED FORTH a strong reaction from the police Call in Get someone to come and do a job We had to CALL IN a plumber because the sink was leaking and I had no idea how to fix it Call in Stop and visit I CALLED IN on Jenny on my way home because shes not very well at the moment and I wanted to see if she needed anything Call off Cancel The concert had to be CALLED OFF because the singer went down with a bad case of flu Call off Order someone to stop attacking CALL OFF your lawyers we can work something out Call on Ask for help The President CALLED ON the wealthy countries for financial aid after the floods destroyed much of the countrys agriculture Call on Visit As we were in the area we CALLED ON my sister-in-law Call on Challenge He CALLED the speaker ON several mis-statements of fact Call on Ask someone to do something especially to speak in public Formal I now CALL ON the other party to give their account of what happened Call out Expose or accuse someone of wrongdoing or incompetence He CALLED them OUT over awarding contracts to family members Call round Visit I CALLED ROUND on my way home but no one was in Call up Summon someone for military service The army CALLED UP the reserve soldiers when the war broke out Call up Telephone I CALLED him UP as soon as I got to a phone to tell him the news Calm down Stop being angry or emotionally excited When I lose my temper it takes ages for me to CALM DOWN again Cancel out Have an opposite effect on something that has happened taking things back to the beginning The airport taxes CANCELLED OUT the savings we had made on the flight tickets Cap off Finish or complete often with some decisive action She CAPPED OFF the meeting with a radical proposal Care for Like I dont CARE FOR fizzy drinks I prefer water
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Carried away Get so emotional that you lose control The team got CARRIED AWAY when they won the championship and started shouting and throwing things around Carry forward Include a figure in a later calculation They CARRIED FORWARD their losses to the next financial year Carry forward Make something progress They hope the new management will be able to CARRY the project FORWARD Carry off Win succeed She CARRIED OFF the first prize in the competition Carry off Die of a disease Cancer CARRIED him OFF a couple of years ago Carry on Continue CARRY ON quietly with your work until the substitute teacher arrives Carry on Behave badly The children annoyed me by CARRYING ON all morning Carry on with Have an affair Hes been CARRYING ON WITH someone at work for years Carry out Perform a task The government is CARRYING OUT test on growing genetically modified crops Carry out Food bought from a restaurant to take away Im too tired to cook- lets get a CARRY- OUT Carry over Continue past a certain point The meeting CARRIED OVER into the afternoon because there was so much to talk about Carry through Complete successfully They CARRIED the reforms THROUGH despite the opposition Cart off Take someone away usually under arrest or to prison The police CARTED them OFF to question them Cart off Take something away especially if stealing or without permission The thieves CARTED OFF all the ticket receipts Carve out Create or get a area where you can be special or successful Shes CARVED OUT a career in photojournalism Carve up Divide into smaller pieces They CARVED the company UP and sold a lot off Carve up Overtake someone and then pull directly in front of a car The idiot CARVED us UP and forced me to brake hard Cash in Convert shares bonds casino chips etc into money They CASHED IN their bonds and spent the money on a holiday Cash in on Benefit or make money on something especially if done unfairly The opposition party are CASHING IN ON the governments unpopularity Cash out Illegally access a bank account or credit card and steal money A hacker got my credit card details from my computer and CASHED OUT a lot of money Cash out Exchange something for money collect winnings After winning she CASHED OUT her chips Cash up Count all the money taken in a shop or business at the end of the day After the shop closed they have to CASH UP before they can go home
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Cast about for Try to find something Theyre CASTING ABOUT FOR support Cast around for Try to find something She was CASTING AROUND FOR people to help her Cast aside Dispose get rid of ignore because you no longer like something or someone He CAST her ASIDE Cast off Dispose get rid of They CAST OFF any semblance of politeness and attacked us viciously Cast off Untie a boat so its free to sail They CAST OFF and headed out to sea Cast out Expel reject They CAST him OUT because of his behaviour Cast round for Try to find something He CAST ROUND FOR any sign of his things Cast up Be left on the shore by the sea The rubbish was CAST UP by the tide Catch at Take or grab hold of something She CAUGHT AT my sleeve as I was leaving and said she needed to talk to me Catch on Become popular Many critics were shocked when techno CAUGHT ON in the clubs Catch on Finally understand what is going on Everyone else realised what was happening but it took Henry ages to CATCH ON Catch out Trick The exam is designed to CATCH you OUT Catch out Discover or prove that someone is lying He CAUGHT me OUT when he checked my story with my previous employer Catch out Put someone in an unexpected and difficult situation often passive We were CAUGHT OUT in the storm Catch up Get work etc up to date I was ill for a fortnight and now Ive got to CATCH UP on the work I missed Catch up Reach someone who was ahead of you He started well but I CAUGHT him UP on the third lap Catch up in Become involved often against ones will The tourists were CAUGHT UP IN the violence of the revolution Catch up on Do something that should have been done earlier Im going home to CATCH UP ON my sleep Catch up on Reminisce with an old friend after not seeing them for a while I hadnt seen her for years so we spent the afternoon CATCHING UP ON old times Catch up with Do something that should have been done earlier Im going home to CATCH UP WITH my sleep Catch up with Meet someone after a period of time and find out what they have been doing I CAUGHT UP WITH her at the conference Catch up with When something negative starts to have an effect His criminal behaviour is starting to CATCH UP WITH him Catch up with Punish someone after they have been doing something wrong for a long time The tax authorities CAUGHT UP WITH me for not submitting my tax returns Catch up Learn something new that many people My mothers trying to CATCH UP WITH
Learning English with easypacelearningcom with already understand computers Cater for To provide what is necessary The college CATERS FOR students of all ages Cater to To provide what is needed often seen negatively The film CATERS TO the audiences worst instincts Cave in Collapse The roof CAVED IN because of the weight of the snow Cave in Stop resisting or refusing The government has refused to CAVE IN despite the protests and demonstrations Chalk out To cut a line of cocaine He went into the toilets to CHALK a line OUT Chalk up To achieve something good The company has CHALKED UP its highest ever profits Chalk up to Explain the reason for a problem They CHALKED the poor sales UP TO the lower numbers of tourists visiting this year Chance upon Find something by accident I CHANCED UPON a very rare book in car boot sale and bought it for 65p Change over Change a system The Irish CHANGED OVER to using kilometres in 2005 Charge up Put electricity into a battery I need to CHARGE my phone UP- the batterys dead Charge with Accuse somebody of a crime She was arrested in customs last night and has been CHARGED WITH smuggling Chase down Try hard to find or get something The press CHASED us DOWN when the story broke Chase off Force a person to leave or go away The dog CHASED he postal worker OFF Chase up Ensure that someone remembers to do something The librarian is CHASING me UP about my overdue books Chase up Try to get someone to pay a bill debt etc I CHASED her UP as she hadnt paid for several months Chase up Try to get more information about the progress of something I didnt get a reply so I have been CHASING them UP Chat up Talk to someone you are sexually interested in to get them interested in you He spent the whole night CHATTING her UP Cheat on Be sexually unfaithful She CHEATED ON me with my friend Cheat on Deceive or betray often in a sexual andor emotional context She thought he had always been faithful to her but he had been CHEATING ON her ever since their wedding day with one of the bridesmaids Cheat out of Get money from someone under false pretences I hate him- he CHEATED me OUT OF 100 Check by Visit a place to check something We CHECKED BY the office to see if the stuff was ready Check in Register on arriving at a hotel or at the airport They CHECKED IN at the Ritz yesterday
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Check into Register on arriving at a hotel or at the airport They CHECKED INTO the Ritz yesterday Check off Mark something on a list as done She CHECKED OFF the candidates names as they arrived Check out Pay the bill when leaving a hotel She CHECKED OUT and took a cab to the airport Check out Die She CHECKED OUT last week the funerals tomorrow Check out Get information about or inspect something to see if its satisfactory I CHECKED the new restaurant OUT as soon as it opened Check out of Settle up and pay before leaving a hotel Guests have to CHECK OUT OF the hotel before midday Check over Check something very carefully We CHECKED the contract OVER before signing it Cheer on Encourage Their CHEERED their team ON throughout the match Cheer up Be less unhappy Come on CHEER UP it isnt all bad you know Chew off Remove by biting The dog CHEWED OFF the mans face Chew on Thinks about something carefully before deciding Ill CHEW ON it for a day or two and let you know what I think Chew out Criticize someone angrily They CHEWED him OUT for being late Chew over Think about an issue He asked for a few days to CHEW the matter OVER before he made a final decision Chew up Cut into small pieces with your teeth The puppy CHEWED UP the newspaper Chew up Damage something inside a machine The video CHEWED my tape UP Chicken out Be too afraid to do something I CHICKENED OUT of the bungee jumping when I saw how high it was Chill out Relax Im staying at home and CHILLING OUT this evening Chime in Contribute to a discussion If its OK Id like to CHIME IN because I think its a good idea Chip away at Gradually reduce something to make it less powerful effective etc They have been CHIPPING AWAY AT his reputation ever since he took office Chip in Contribute some money Everybody CHIPPED IN to pay the bill Chip in Contribute to a discussion If I could CHIP IN there are a couple of issues Id like to raise Choke off Stop or restrict These guerilla attacks are CHOKING OFF our food shipments Choke out Clog or overwhelm Water hyacinth is CHOKING OUT the native vegetation in our rivers Choke up Become tearfully emotional Jeff CHOKED UP during his retirement speech Choke up Grip a handle farther from the end for better control He CHOKED UP on the bat and hit the ball better
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Choose up Form groups or teams We CHOSE UP to play the game Chop down Fell or cut down a tree They CHOPPED DOWN most of the forest and now it looks like a desert Chop up Cut into small pieces I CHOPPED UP the vegetables for the soup Chow down Eat Dinners ready- CHOW DOWN Chow down on Eat something Were going to CHOW DOWN ON that barbecued pork Chuck away Dispose of something you no longer need or want I CHUCKED AWAY all my old records years ago when CDs came out Chuck in Quit something I CHUCKED my job IN to go travelling Chuck in Make a comment I CHUCKED IN a few points at the end of the discussion Chuck out Dispose of something you no longer need or want I CHUCKED OUT some stuff I found in the fridge that had gone bad Chuck up Vomit be sick He got ridiculously drunk and CHUCKED UP in the back of the minicab on the way home Chuck up Quit something She didnt like the course so she CHUCKED it UP after a few weeks Churn out Produce usually quickly or in large amounts without much regard to quality The government CHURNS OUT educational policies every few months Clag up Make something sticky His arteries are CLAGGED UP because he eats so much saturated fat Clam up Be quiet refuse to speak Everybody CLAMMED UP when the Principal entered Clamp down on Restrict or try to stop something The government are CLAMPING DOWN ON antisocial behaviour Claw back Get money back The new tax will CLAW BACK what the government has given out in grants Claw back Retake possession with difficulty The opposition parties are trying to CLAW BACK the voters they lost in the last election Claw back Regain possession with difficulty They are CLAWING BACK their market share from their competitors Clean off Remove dirt or something dirty After dinner I CLEANED OFF the table Clean out Tidy up thoroughly and throw away unwanted things I really must CLEAN the study OUT theres stuff all over the floor and piles of paper everywhere Clean out Cause someone to spend all their money The holiday CLEANED me OUT- Im broke till the end of the month Clean up Tidy and clean CLEAN this bedroom UP its a disgrace Clean up Profit sometimes suddenly At the horse races yesterday we really CLEANED UP Clear away Leave a place We were told to CLEAR AWAY from the scene of the accident
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Clear away Remove or tidy After dinner I CLEARED AWAY the plates and dishes Clear off Leave somewhere quickly As soon as the trouble started we CLEARED OFF Clear out Tidy up thoroughly and throw away unwanted stuff I spent the whole weekend CLEARING OUT the attic as it was full of papers and other junk Clear out Leave somewhere I told them to CLEAR OUT because they were making so much noise Clear up Cure or recover from an infection I took the antihistamines and the rash CLEARED UP right away Clear up Tidy up Id better CLEAR AWAY the mess before leave Clear up Explain Could you CLEAR these points UP before we go any further Clear up Improve weather The skies CLEARED UP and the sun came out Click through Open an advertisement on the Internet Only a tiny fraction of users ever bother CLICKING THROUGH the banner adverts Climb down Accept that you are wrong and change your position The Prime Minister had to CLIMB DOWN over his tax proposals because there was so much opposition from the members of his own party Cling on Hold tight He told me to CLING ON as the motorbike accelerated Cling on to Try to keep something They CLUNG ON TO power despite the protests Cling to Try to maintain beliefs hopes etc They CLING TO their old way of thinking Clog up Block slow movement right down The traffics so bad the roads get CLOGGED UP at rush hour Close down Close a shop branch or business permanently The banks have CLOSED DOWN a lot of branches in villages over the last few years Close down Stop an opponent being a challenge He CLOSED the player DOWN and stopped him being a threat Close in Surround envelop The fog CLOSED IN and we couldnt see two yards in front of us Close in Approach get near The police were CLOSING IN so they decided to try to make a break Close in on Get near someone The police were CLOSING IN ON the gang Close in upon Get near someone The police were CLOSING IN UPON the gang Close off Block a place to stop people entering The police CLOSED the road OFF after the explosion
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Close on Get nearer She is CLOSING ON the leader of the race Close out Bring something to an end We CLOSED OUT the meeting early and went home Close out Close or stop using She CLOSED OUT the account and changed to another bank Close out Ignore exclude They always CLOSE me OUT of their plans Close up Completely close something They CLOSE UP the building after everyone has left Close up Join together The leaves CLOSE UP when it rains Close up Move closer together They CLOSED UP when they saw the gang coming towards them Cloud over Get very cloudy The morning started bright and warm but it CLOUDED OVER around midday and poured with rain Clown about Behave stupidly or waste time The students were CLOWNING ABOUT all lesson Clown around Behave stupidly or waste time I couldnt concentrate because they were CLOWNING AROUND all afternoon Coast along Do something without making much effort or trying to improve Shes been COASTING ALONG all year and hasnt made a lot of progress Cobble together Make assemble or produce something quickly without much care They COBBLED a few pages TOGETHER and submitted it Cock up Ruin or spoil something It was so easy but he managed to COCK everything UP Colour Color up Blush He COLOURED COLORED UP when he was caught stealing from the till Come about Happen occur The meeting CAME ABOUT because both sides were sick of fighting Come about Shift direction nautical The yacht CAME ABOUT to a heading of 240 degrees Come across Find by accident I CAME ACROSS my old school reports when I was clearing out my desk Come across Agree to have sex with someone I was surprised when she CAME ACROSS on the first night Come across The way other people see you He CAME ACROSS as shy because he spoke so quietly Come along Accompany May I COME ALONG on your trip tomorrow Come along Move faster or keep up COME ALONG well never get there if you dont keep up with us Come apart Break into pieces It CAME APART when I tried to lift it off the floor and I had to glue it back together Come around Recover consciousness It took several hours after the operation before he CAME AROUND
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Come around to Agree with or accept something you had previously disapproved of or disliked They have started COMING AROUND TO our way of thinking and are less hostile Come back Return I left work and CAME BACK home early Come before Appear in court charged with a crime or offence He CAME BEFORE the court on charges of speeding Come by Visit Ill COME BY after work and see if you need any help Come by Acquire How did you COME BY that Rolex Come down Rain Just look at the rain COMING DOWN Im not going out in that Come down Travel When youre next in London COME DOWN and see us Come down on Criticise heavily The management really CAME DOWN ON him for losing the contract Come down upon Criticise reprimand severely They will COME DOWN UPON us if we are late Come down with Fall ill She CAME DOWN WITH a virus Come forth Appear The draft proposal CAME FORTH in April Come forth with Provide information None of the witnesses CAME FORTH WITH an accurate description of the gang Come from Country or town where you were born She COMES FROM Somalia Come in Arrive for flights The plane CAME IN at two-thirty in the morning Come in Place or ranking in a competition etc I did my best but CAME IN last but one in the race Come in Receive news Reports are just COMING IN of an assassination attempt on the President Come in for Receive criticism or praise Jacks COME IN FOR quite a lot of criticism of late Come into Be important or relevant Money doesnt COME INTO it I simply will not do it under any circumstances Come into Inherit She CAME INTO a lot of money when her grandmother died Come into use Start being used The computerised system CAME INTO USE at the end of last year Come off When something breaks off I picked it up and the handle CAME OFF in my hand Come off Be successful I was surprised when the plan CAME OFF so easily Come off it I dont believe what youre saying used as an imperative COME OFF IT tell me the truth for goodness sake Come on Encouragement COME ON dont give up now when
Learning English with easypacelearningcom youre so close to finishing Come on Start an illness Ive got a bit of a headache I hope it doesnt mean Ive got flu COMING ON Come on Start functioning machines etc The central heating COMES ON automatically an hour before I have to get up Come out A secret is revealed The details of the scandal CAME OUT in the press and she had to resign Come out Be published or otherwise available to the public The bands new CD is COMING OUT in September Come out Disappear when washed The red wine I spilt just will not COME OUT of the carpet no matter what I try to clean it with Come out Let people know that you are lesbian or gay She CAME OUT at university and has been living with her partner Jane for the last couple of years Come out When the sun appears It started cloudy but then the sun CAME OUT and we all went to the park Come out in Have a rash or similar skin problem She CAME OUT IN a nasty rash after touching the poisonous plant by mistake Come out of Recover consciousness After three years he CAME OUT OF the coma Come out with Make something available They have just COME OUT WITH a new version Come out with Say something publicly and unexpectedly She CAME OUT WITH the answer when everyone was expecting it to remain unsolved Come over Feel strange I CAME OVER all faint and weak because my sugar level was too low British Come over Affect mentally in such a way as to change behaviour possibly related to overcome Im sorry about last night - I dont know what CAME OVER me Come round Become conscious wake up from anaesthetic She CAME ROUND and learned that the operation had been a complete success Come round Change your opinion At first she didnt like the idea but she CAME ROUND to our way of thinking in the end Come through Arrive messages and information News is COMING THROUGH of a major accident on the M25 where freezing fog has been making driving conditions extremely dangerous Come through Communicate an emotion The anger she felt COMES THROUGH Come through Produce a result They promised theyd do it but they havent COME THROUGH yet Come through with Provide something needed He didnt COME THROUGH WITH the money and they went bust
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Come to Become conscious wake up from anaesthetic She CAME TO an hour after the operation Come to Result in The two men started arguing but they soon CAME TO blows and started fighting in earnest Come up Appear Ill be late home tonight because somethings COME UP at work has to be ready for tomorrow morning Come up Rise the sun The sun CAME UP just as we reached the outskirts of the town Come up against Encounter problems or difficulties They CAME UP AGAINST a lot of Come up with Think of a solution excuse etc Nobody could COME UP WITH a satisfactory explanation for the accident Come upon Find by chance I CAME UPON the book in a little second-hand bookshop in Dorset Conjure up Create a picture or memory in someones mind It CONJURES UP memories of my school days Conjure up Create something without many resources I had to CONJURE UP a full weekends entertainment for the visitors with no notice at all Conk out Fall fast asleep I was exhausted and CONKED OUT on the sofa Conk out Suddenly breakdown or stop working The printer CONKED OUT so I couldnt get a hard copy Contract in Become involved or committed to something Since it started many companies have CONTRACTED IN to lend their support Contract out Give a contract for a service outside the company you work for They have CONTRACTED OUT their catering services to save money Contract out of Formally leave and agreement I CONTRACTED OUT OF the deal years ago Cool down Get cooler I left the tea for a minute until it had COOLED DOWN enough to drink Cool down Become calm It took me ages to COOL DOWN after the argument Cool off Become calmer Well talk to Fred once he COOLS OFF and can talk rationally Coop up Confine in a small area They COOPED the dog UP in a tiny room Cop it Get into trouble They really COPPED IT when they got caught shoplifting Cop off Leave work or school early We COPPED OFF early on Friday because there was nothing to do Cop off Kiss pet or have sex with someone She COPPED OFF with Damian at the end-of-term party Cop out Choose an easy alternative She was going to take a Masters degree
Learning English with easypacelearningcom but COPPED OUT and chose the Diploma course instead Cost up Calculate how expensive some work is going to be The decorators are going to COST UP the work tomorrow Cotton on To work out the truth It took me ages to COTTON ON to what they were planning Cough up Lose possession of a ball etc in a contact sport He was checked so hard he COUGHED UP the puck in front of his own goal Cough up Expel something from your lungs or throat by coughing He gave up smoking after he COUGHED UP some blood Could do with Need or want something I COULD really DO WITH a cup of tea Count against Affect negatively make less likely to succeed Not having a university degree will COUNT AGAINST her Count among Include someone or something in a group category etc I COUNT her AMONG my closest friends Count down Wait impatiently or excitedly for something to happen Im COUNTING DOWN the days till they leave Count for Be recognised as important worthwhile or valuable Experience COUNTS FOR a lot in decision making Count in Include or involve If youre going on that skiing holiday you can COUNT me IN Id love to go Count off Say numbers aloud in a sequence They COUNTED the students OFF as they arrived Count on Depend rely You can COUNT ON them if they have promised to do something theyll do it Count on Expect something to happen and base plans on it I was COUNTING ON the payment arriving last week and was really angry when it didnt arrive as I didnt have enough money to pay for everything Count out Exclude I dont want to go- you can COUNT me OUT Count out Count a certain amount of money He COUNTED OUT 250 and paid me Count towards Be a part needed to complete something The coursework COUNTS TOWARDS the final grade Count up Add COUNT UP the number of tickets sold please Count upon Expect something to happen and base plans on it I was COUNTING UPON their support and lost because they didnt vote my way Count upon Depend rely I COUNT UPON them to help me Cover for Provide an excuse or alibi She asked me to COVER FOR her if anyone asked where shed gone Cover for Do someones work while they are temporarily absent I COVERED FOR her while she was off sick Cover up Conceal try to stop people finding out They tried to COVER UP the incident but it got into the newspapers Cozy up Make yourself comfortable It was cold and I COZIED UP by the fire
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Cozy up to Make yourself popular with someone Hes been COZYING UP TO our boss because he wants a pay rise Crack down on Use more authority than usual The police always CRACK DOWN ON drink-driving offences over the Christmas period Crack on Continue doing something with energy We had to CRACK ON to get everything finished on time Crack up Have a nervous breakdown He CRACKED UP after his son died and had to take a couple of months off work Crack up Have bad reception on a mobile phone Youll have to talk louder- youre CRACKING UP Crack up Burst out laughing Everybody CRACKED UP when he told the joke Crack up Damage a car badly He CRACKED his car UP last night when he came off the road Crank out Produce a lot of something fast My boss keeps CRANKING OUT stupid memos Crank up Inject non-medical drugs Hes been CRANKING UP heroin for years Crank up Start a machine originally with a handle He CRANKED the saw UP Crank up Increase make something bigger I CRANKED the volume UP as high as it would go Crash out Sleep at someones house because you are too tired drunk etc to leave Dave CRASHED OUT at a friends flat after the end-of-term party Crash out Fall asleep I CRASHED OUT in front of the TV last night Cream off Separate the best or most talented people so that they can receive special or different treatment The private schools CREAM OFF many of the best pupils Cream off Take money or divert funds usually wrongfully or unfairly This means smaller banks can CREAM OFF excess profits during lending booms Creep in Start to be noticeable He tried to stay calm but you could hear the anger CREEPING IN Creep in Get included despite attempts to keep it or them out Errors CREPT IN as the text got longer Creep into Become noticeable in something An angry tone CREPT INTO her voice Creep out make someone feel worried or uneasy He CREEPS me OUT when he gets drunk Creep out on To do the same activity for a very long time Hes been CREEPING OUT ON that computer game all day Creep over Start to have a negative feeling Fear CREPT OVER me as I walked through the graveyard Creep up on Approach without someone realising They CREPT UP ON their rivals and overtook them Crop up Appear unexpectedly Im going to be late tonight as something has just CROPPED UP at work Cross off Delete remove from a list She CROSSED him OFF her Christmas
Learning English with easypacelearningcom card list after they argued Cross out Put as line through some writing to show it is wrong She CROSSED OUT her mistakes and wrote the correct answers above them Cross up Confuse deceive The treasure map was deliberately drawn to CROSS us UP Cruise through Pass or succeed easily He CRUISED THROUGH the exam Crumb down Clear a table in a restaurant The waiter CRUMBED DOWN before the coffee was served Cry off To cancel an arrangement Ive got to work tonight can I CRY OFF going out for dinner Cry out Shout because you are in pain He CRIED OUT when he dropped the box on his toes Cut across Go across a place rather than around it to make the journey quicker Itll be quicker if we CUT ACROSS the park Cut across Affect people of different groups classes etc The issue CUTS ACROSS social backgrounds as it affects us all equally Cut back Reduce The firm CUT BACK production because sales were sluggish Cut back Remove branches from a plant or tree to encourage future growth We CUT the tree BACK every winter Cut back on Reduce expenditure The government has decided to CUT BACK ON spending on the armed forces Cut down Consume less Im trying to CUT DOWN the amount of coffee I drink during the day Cut down Shoot A lot of soldiers were CUT DOWN by enemy fire as they stormed the airport Cut down Reduce a vertical thing to ground level by cutting The logger CUT the tree DOWN Cut down Cut something from a high position After Christmas he didnt carefully detach all the decorations he just CUT them all DOWN Cut down on Reduce Doctors advised her to CUT DOWN ON the amount of saturated fats in her diet Cut in Start functioning The fans CUT IN when the engine starts getting too hot Cut in Drive in front of another vehicle without warning A car CUT IN and nearly caused an accident Cut in Interrupt We were having a conversation when he came up and CUT IN Cut in Include someone in a deal that makes money We had to CUT the police IN on the deal to avoid trouble Cut in Mix fat and flour until the combine CUT the butter IN with the flour Cut it out Stop your unfair or unreasonable behaviour Will you two idiots CUT IT OUT and keep quiet Cut off Disconnect The telephones been CUT OFF because we didnt pay the bill
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Cut off Isolate or make inaccessible The heavy snow has blocked many roads and CUT OFF a number of villages Cut out Exclude Im CUTTING OUT salt from my diet Cut out When an engine or motor stops The car CUT OUT at the traffic lights just as they went green Cut out Cut a picture or similar from a magazine etc I CUT some pictures OUT to use as visual aids Cut out Leave quickly Wed better CUT OUT the security men are on the way Cut out Separate livestock from a group They CUT OUT three prime bulls from the herd Cut out on Let down snub Although hed promised to help the star CUT OUT ON the charity when offered more money Cut up Cut into smaller pieces After cutting the tree down the logger CUT it UP into logs Cut up Drive into a neighbouring lane directly in front of another vehicle had to brake suddenly to avoid an accident Cut up Upset Her reaction really CUT me UP Cut up Have a lot of small injuries I CUT my hand UP when I broke the glass Damp down Calm or reduce feelings emotions They tried to DAMP DOWN the anger over the announcement Damp down Make a fire burn less They tried to DAMP DOWN the flames before the fire spread Damp off When there is too much moisture and a plant is affected by fungal parasites The seedlings DAMP OFF in the spring if its very wet Dash down Write something quickly He DASHED DOWN a memo and sent it to everybody Dash off Leave somewhere quickly Its late- Im going to DASH OFF home Dash off Do something quickly especially writing He DASHED OFF the report in a couple of hours Dawn on Finally realise or understand something The truth only DAWNED ON me much later Decide on Choose select Trevor spent a long time looking at flats before he bought one but eventually DECIDED ON one near his work Decide upon Choose select Jane spent a long time looking at houses before she bought one but eventually DECIDED UPON one near her office Die away Become quieter or inaudible of a sound The last notes DIED AWAY and the audience burst into applause Die back When the parts of a plant above ground die but the roots remain alive The plant DIES BACK in the winter Die down Decrease or become quieter It was on the front pages of all the papers
Learning English with easypacelearningcom for a few days but the interest gradually DIED DOWN Die for Want something a lot Im DYING FOR the weekend- this weeks been so hard Die off Become extinct Most of the elm trees in the UK DIED OFF when Dutch elm disease arrived Die out Become extinct or disappear Some scientists say that the dinosaurs DIED OUT when a comet hit the earth and caused a nuclear winter Dig in Start eating greedily We were starving so we really DUG IN when the food finally did arrive Dig in Excavate a protective shelter military Anticipating an artillery barrage we quickly DUG IN Dig into Reach inside to get something She DUG INTO her handbag and pulled out a bunch of keys Dig out Find something you havent used seen etc for a long time I DUG OUT my old university essays Dig out Dig to remove something or someone They had to DIG the survivors of the earthquake OUT from the ruins Dig up Find something that is supposed to be secret The reporters eventually DUG UP the truth about the affair Dig up Remove something from the ground The police DUG UP a body Dig up Make a hole in a road the ground etc The council have DUG the road UP Dine out Have dinner outside your home We DINED OUT because we couldnt be bothered to cook Dine out on Tell a story repeatedly that is well received Ive DINED OUT ON the story of his accident Dip in Put something in a liquid for a short time I DIPPED the brush IN the paint and began painting the wall Dip into Read parts of a book but not all Ive been DIPPING INTO the book but havent read it properly Dip into Take money out of your savings Ive had to DIP INTO my savings account to pay for the works on my house Dip out Leave a place without telling anyone The party was so dull I DIPPED OUT Disagree with Make someone feel sick or ill I feel dreadful the prawns I had for lunch are DISAGREEING WITH me Dish out Serve food I DISHED OUT the dinner Dish out Give something usually when you shouldnt Doctors have been DISHING OUT viagra to anyone who asks for it Dish out Criticise when you cant take criticism in return He DISHES it OUT but gets all hurt when anyone responds Dish up Serve food He DISHED UP a great dinner when we got back Dive in Start doing something usually without planning When we saw what was happening we all DIVED IN to help Dive in Start eating Dinners on the table so DIVE IN
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Dive into Reach inside something quickly She DIVED INTO her bag and pulled out a lighter Divide up Share They divided up the profits Divvy out Divide share The waiters and waitresses DIVVY OUT the tips at the end of the night Divvy up Divide share We DIVVIED UP the money equally Do away with Abolish get rid of The United Kingdom DID AWAY WITH the death penalty in 1965 Do in Kill After he reported the gang he feared they would DO him IN Do out of Cheat somebody out of something that is rightfully theirs They lied on the reference and DID me OUT OF any chance of getting the job Do up Close or fasten clothes etc You must DO UP your safety belt in the back of cars and taxis now Do up Repair and renovate It took them six months to DO UP the house before they could actually move in Do with Wish for or ask for usually after can or could I could DO WITH a cold beer about now Do without Manage without something Theres no sugar so youll have to DO WITHOUT Dob in Report someone to teachers authorities etc He DOBBED me IN to the teacher Dob in Contribute money Everyone DOBBED IN some cash to help Dob in Pressure someone into doing something He needed some help so DOBBED us IN Dole out Give out distribute They were DOLING OUT leaflets in front of the station Doss about Spend time doing very little or being unproductive I couldnt get down to my work and DOSSED ABOUT all night Doss around Spend time doing very little or being unproductive I spent the afternoon DOSSING AROUND Doss down Sleep somewhere temporarily because you dont go home I was feeling really tired so I DOSSED DOWN on his sofa for the night Double as Have a second function or purpose My study DOUBLES AS a spare bedroom when we have visitors Double back Go back the way you were coming When he saw the police he DOUBLED BACK and went home Double over Bend over at the waist She DOUBLED OVER in pain after being hit in the stomach Double up Bend over at the waist He DOUBLED UP in pain after being hit in the stomach Double up Share accommodation because there are too many people We had to DOUBLE UP because we hadnt booked enough rooms Double up as Have a second function or purpose The display screen DOUBLES UP AS a solar panel
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Doze off Fall asleep The movie was a bit boring and I DOZED OFF halfway through Drag on Be unnecessarily long The meeting DRAGGED ON for two and a half hours Draw back Retreat move backwards He DREW BACK when the dog barked Draw down Reduce levels The administration want to DRAW DOWN troop numbers as soon as they can Draw down Get funding The college wants to DRAW DOWN extra funding for IT provision Draw down To deplete by consumption or heavy spending Gas reserves were DRAWN DOWN in the recent cold spell Draw even Equalize ones competitive position The exhausted horse DREW EVEN at the finish line Draw in Get dark earlier The nights are DRAWING IN now its winter Draw in Arrive at a station for trains The train DREW IN and we got off Draw into Get involved in something unpleasant I didnt want to take sides because I didnt want to get DRAWN INTO their arguments Draw on Pass slowly time As the lesson DREW ON the students started to get bored Draw on Inhale smoke from a cigarette cigar etc He DREW ON his cigarette and coughed Draw out Make something continue longer than needed The director DREW the meeting OUT with a lengthy speech Draw out Make a shy person more outgoing He was so quiet at first but the teacher managed to DRAW him OUT and get him to participate Draw up Prepare a contract The contract was DRAWN UP by our solicitor Draw up When a vehicle stops The police car DREW UP alongside him at the red lights and asked him to pull over Dream of Not think or consider I wouldnt even DREAM OF telling her that Dream up Invent something have an idea They DREAMED UP the scheme for the improvements and it was accepted by the board Dredge up Discover things about someones past The newspapers DREDGED UP the details of his affair with his research assistant Dress down Dress casually The staff are allowed to DRESS DOWN on Fridays Dress down Scold She DRESSED me DOWN for being rude Dress up Dress very smartly Its an informal party so theres no need to DRESS UP
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Drift apart Slowly cease to be close to or friends with someone We were great friends at school but DRIFTED APART when we went to different universities Drift off Start to fall asleep I was DRIFTING OFF when the noise disturbed me Drill down Search through layers of information on a computer I really had to DRILL DOWN to get the answers from the database Drill down through Get to the bottom of something get detailed data They DRILLED DOWN THROUGH the information to find the truth Drill into Repeat something many times to make someone learn it The teacher DRILLED the rules INTO the students Drink up Finish a drink DRINK UP please its closing time Drive away Force an animal or someone to leave a place Their unfriendliness DRIVES customers AWAY Drive back Repulse force back The police DROVE the crowd BACK to give the rescue workers more space Drive by Do something out of a car He was killed in a DRIVE-BY shooting Drive off Drive away from a place She slammed the car door shut and DROVE OFF without saying a word Drive out Force someone to leave a place The soldiers DROVE them OUT of their homes Drive up Make something increase The market uncertainty has DRIVEN prices UP Drive up Arrive in a vehicle They DROVE UP just as we were about to leave Drone on Talk boringly for a long time The minister DRONED ON for an hour and the audience looked increasingly bored Drop around Visit someone often without making an arrangement We DROPPED AROUND to collect the stuff wed left there last week Drop around Deliver I DROPPED AROUND the things they needed Drop away Become smaller- amount numbers The numbers of people attending began the DROP AWAY after a few months Drop back Move towards the back of a group He stared at the front but got tired and DROPPED BACK as the race went on Drop by Pay a brief visit He DROPPED BY on his way home from work Drop in Visit without having made arrangements I was in the area so I DROPPED IN at the office to see her Drop off Take something or someone to a place and leave it or them there I DROPPED the kids OFF at school on my way to work Drop off Fall asleep I DROPPED OFF during the play and woke up when it ended Drop off Decrease in number or amount Sales have DROPPED OFF in the last few months Drop out Quit a course She DROPPED OUT of college and went
Learning English with easypacelearningcom straight into a good job Drop over Visit for a short time Ill DROP OVER on my way back Drop round Visit someone often without making an arrangement We DROPPED ROUND their house on our way Drop round Deliver I DROPPED the papers ROUND so she could read them before the meeting Drop someone in it Get someone into trouble I really DROPPED him IN IT when I told them what hed done Drop through Come to nothing produce no results The big scheme he was talking about seems to have DROPPED THROUGH Drown in Cover excessively They DROWN the food IN sauce Drown out Be so loud that another sound cannot be heard The music DROWNED OUT the sound of the phone ringing Drum into To make someone learn or believe something by constant repetition They DRUM all the traps INTO you before the test so you cant go wrong Drum out Force someone out of their job or position They DRUMMED the minister OUT when she was caught lyingThe minister was DRUMMED OUT of her post for lying The passive form with OF is more common Drum up Increase support or interest They are trying to DRUM UP support for the referendum Dry off Dry something quickly or dry the surface I had a shower and DRIED myself OFF Dry out Stop drinking or taking drugs when addicted He checked into a clinic to DRY OUT after being arrested for drink-driving Dry out Dry something fully They DRIED the fruit OUT in the sun Dry up Lose all the water from a river lake source etc The lake DRIED UP because of the water extraction for cotton farming Dry up Stop being supplied with something His income DRIED UP when cheaper options became available Dry up Be unable to speak She DRIED UP in the press conference Dry up Dry plates dishes cutlery etc after washing them up I washed and DRIED UP Duck out of Avoid doing something He DUCKED OUT OF helping us last night Duff up Beat or hit someone repeatedly He was DUFFED UP in a night club last night Dumb down Reduce the intellectual level of something in search of popularity Television has been DUMBING DOWN the news for years Dump on Treat someone badly Her boss DUMPS ON everyone when things go wrong Dump on Criticize heavily often unfairly She DUMPS ON her family a lot Dump on Tell someone your problems When hes depressed he needs someone to DUMP ON Dwell on Spend a lot of time on something The programme DWELLED ON little
Learning English with easypacelearningcom other than the scandal Dwell upon Spend a lot of time on something She DWELT UPON the economic situation in her speech Ease off Reduce pressure She EASED OFF the accelerator to let the car slow down Ease up Relax calm down She asked her teacher to EASE UP because she was feeling very stressed Eat away Destroy slowly The disease EATS the liver AWAY Eat in Eat at home We didnt feel like going to a restaurant so we ATE IN Eat into Use something valuable when you dont want to Weve had to EAT INTO our savings since I lost my job Eat out Eat in a restaurant We couldnt be bothered to cook so we ATE OUT last night Eat up Eat all of something If you dont EAT UP your greens you wont get any dessert Eat up Consume This car EATS UP petrol Eat up Consume something you dont want to be consumed Ebb away Disappear gradually His life was EBBED AWAY as the illness progressed Edge out Gradually push someone or something out of their position The shareholders EDGED the CEO out because results were getting worse Edge up Approach slowly She EDGED UP behind the bus at the red light Egg on Encourage The other students EGGED him ON when he started arguing with the teacher Eke out Make something like money last as long as possible Most students have to EKE OUT their income because they have so little money to live on Embark on Start a project or venture Piere EMBARKED ON an MBA at Insead last autumn Embark upon Start a project or venture Fernanda has just EMBARKED UPON a new professional challenge Empty out Empty something completely I must EMPTY OUT the rubbish before I leave for work Empty out Remove some things or everything from a container I EMPTIED some of the coffee OUT so I could pour more milk in End in Finish a certain way Itll END IN tears End up Become or do something unplanned We couldnt get tickets for Egypt so we ENDED UP going to Turkey instead End up with Get as a result of something He tried hard but ENDED UP WITH a poor grade Enter for Join or enter a competition They ENTERED FOR the national championship but werent good enough Enter into Become involved in or accept They ENTERED INTO an agreement
Learning English with easypacelearningcom with their rivals Eye up Look carefully at someone The guy EYED the other man UP because he was behaving suspiciously Face off Confront The company FACED OFF the competition Face up to Accept an unpleasant truth Many people find it hard to FACE UP TO the fact that they are getting old Faff about Behave indecisively He told her to stop FAFFING ABOUT and make her mind up Faff around Behave indecisively She told him to stop FAFFING AROUND and make his mind up Fall about Laugh a lot We FELL ABOUT when we heard what shed done Fall apart Break into pieces The box FELL APART when I picked it up Fall apart Become emotionally disturbed and unable to behave normally He FELL APART when they sacked him Fall back Retreat The army FELL BACK after losing the battle Fall back on Be able to use in an emergency It was good to have some money in the bank to FALL BACK ON when I lost my job Fall behind Make less progress I was ill for a week and FELL BEHIND with my work Fall down Fall on the ground I slipped on the ice and FELL DOWN Fall down Have a weak point The argument FALLS DOWN when you look at how much itll cost Fall for Be attracted to somebody fall in love He FELL FOR her the moment their eyes met Fall for Believe a lie or a piece of deception He FELL FOR my story and allowed me yet another extension for the submission of my thesis Fall in Collapse The ceiling FELL IN hurting a lot of people Fall into Start doing something unplanned I just FELL INTO my job when an opportunity came up Fall off Decrease The membership FELL OFF dramatically when the chairperson resigned Fall out Argue and be on bad terms with someone They FELL OUT over the decision and hardly speak to each other any more Fall out Lose hair Hes started getting worried about baldness because his hair is FALLING OUT rather quickly Fall over Fall on the ground I slipped on the ice and FELL OVER Fall through Be unsuccessful The plans FELL THROUGH when planning permission was refused
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Fall under Become controlled At first he was independent but then he FELL UNDER their influence Farm out Give or contract work to someone else The company wants to FARM OUT their maintenance Fart about Waste time doing silly things The manager was angry because the staff were FARTING ABOUT Fart around Waste time doing pointless things We were really bored in the lecture so we started FARTING AROUND Fasten down Tie something so that it doesnt move We FASTENED it DOWN to keep the wind from blowing it away Fasten on Give attention to something that confirms your beliefs They have FASTENED ON the speech as a source of inspiration Fasten onto Follow someone closely normally when they dont want your company He FASTENED ONTO the minister on his visit and asked him repeatedly about the scandal Fasten onto Give attention to something that confirms your beliefs They FASTEN ONTO any figures that they think can support their case Fasten up Close attach FASTEN UP your seatbelts Fathom out Understand something I couldnt FATHOM OUT what she wanted from me Fatten up Give an animal a lot to eat to make it fat They FATTEN the cows UP before slaughtering them Fawn on Praise someone in an excessive way to get their favour or something from them Hes always FAWNING ON his boss to try to get promoted Fawn over Praise someone in an excessive way to get their favour or something from them She FAWNED OVER the inspectors in the hope that they would give her a good grade Feed off Eat a food as part of an animals diet The gecko FEEDS OFF mosquitoes and other insects Feed off Use something to your advantage He FEEDS OFF peoples fear of crime to get them to support his proposals Feed on Grow stronger The opposition partys FEEDING ON the governments weaknesses Feed on Consume in an animals diet The bats FEED ON insects Feed on Give someone a particular food He FEEDS his cat ON dry food Feed up Give someone a lot of food to restore their health make them bigger etc Shes been ill for a fortnight so were FEEDING her UP Feel up Touch sexually grope Someone FELT me UP in the club as I was trying to get to the bar Feel up to Feel capable of doing something Im so tired I dont think I FEEL UP TO going out tonight Fence in Enclose an area They FENCED the whole garden IN Fence off Enclose an area to keep animals or people out They FENCED OFF one side of the park to keep dogs out Fend for Take care of yourself or someone with help from other people The children had to FEND FOR themselves after their parents died
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Fend off Resist something successfully He managed to FEND OFF the criticism in the press Fend off Push an attacker away She FENDED OFF the dog when it attacked her Ferret out Search and discover something The investigation finally managed to FERRET OUT the truth Fess up Confess admit something reluctantly The company FESSED UP after they were exposed in the newspapers Fess up Give FESS UP your share of the bill Fess up to Confess admit reluctantly to something They FESSED UP TO the crime Fiddle about Waste time doing silly things or doing things unsuccessfully We spent the whole afternoon FIDDLING ABOUT with the computer but couldnt get it to work Fiddle around Waste time doing silly things or unsuccessful things I FIDDLED AROUND with the phone but couldnt get any signal Fiddle around Make small movements with your hands He FIDDLED AROUND for something in his pockets Fiddle away Waste time He FIDDLED AWAY the afternoon Fight back Defend yourself resist an attack The army attacked the town and the inhabitants FOUGHT BACK fiercely Fight back Try to control and emotion and keep it hidden He tried to FIGHT BACK the tears when he heard the news of her death Fight it out Struggle to see who wins both by arguing or fighting Their FIGHTING IT OUT to see who will become the next CEO Fight off Fight an attacker and force them back The old lady managed to FIGHT the muggers OFF and they didnt get her purse Fight off Resist an illness or emotion Im FIGHTING OFF a cold Figure on Plan expect What job do you FIGURE ON doing when you graduate Figure out Find the answer to a problem The police couldnt FIGURE OUT how the burglars had got into the warehouse File away Put a document in the correct place for storage in a filing system I FILED a copy of the letter AWAY for my records File for Apply for something legally like divorce or bankruptcy They FILED FOR divorce after two years of marriage Fill in Complete a form I FILLED IN the application form and posted it off Fill in Substitute someone at work Shes just had a baby so we have hired someone to FILL IN for her Fill in for Substitute I was away for a few days so they had to get someone to FILL IN FOR me Fill in on Give someone information Im sorry I missed the meeting could you FILL me IN ON what happened Fill out Complete a form I FILLED OUT the application form and mailed it
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Fill up Fill something completely I stopped at the garage and FILLED UP with petrol Filter in Move into a lane of traffic without making other cars stop The slip lane allows traffic to FILTER IN at the junction Filter out Remove something unwanted It FILTERS OUT all the impurities and chemicals in tap water so that it tastes better Find out Discover I went to the library to FIND OUT all I could about the life and work of Joe Meek Finish off Finish completely They FINISHED OFF all the chocolates and had to go to the all-night garage to buy some more Finish off Kill a person or animal often when they have already been hurt The animal was badly hurt so they FINISHED it OFF to end its suffering Finish off Beat make victory certain in sport The second goal FINISHED them OFF Finish off Consume all We FINISHED OFF the coffee and had to get some more Finish up Finally get somewhere usually without planning to go there We went out for diner and FINISHED UP in a club Finish up with Have or do something at the end or as the last of something We attended some workshops and FINISHED UP WITH the keynote speaker Finish with End a relationship She FINISHED WITH him a few months ago Finish with Stop dealing with someone He wanted to leave but I was furious and hadnt FINISHED WITH him Finish with Finish using or requiring Can I read the paper when youve FINISHED WITH it Fink on Give away secrets about someone He FINKED ON her to the authorities Fink out Fail to keep a promise arrangement etc He said hed come with us then FINKED OUT at the last minute Fire away Ask questions What do you want to know FIRE AWAY and Ill tell you Fire off Send quickly angrily or many letter emails etc He FIRED OFF an email complaining about the report Fire off Shoot fire a gun usually repeatedly The police FIRED OFF several rounds and killed the man Fire up Start a computer She FIRED UP the computer and printed out a hard copy of the files Fire up Excite become excited Everyone was FIRED UP and desperate to get it finished in time Firm up Make things clearer in a negotiation or discussion We need to FIRM UP some aspects of the contract before we sign it Firm up Exercise to make muscles harder and remove fat I go swimming every day to FIRM UP my body Fish for Try to get some information or to get Hes always FISHING FOR compliments
Learning English with easypacelearningcom someone to say something Fish out Remove something from a bag pocket etc She reached into her handbag and FISHED some coins OUT Fish out Remove from water such as the sea rivers etc Its fallen in the pool- Ill have to FISH it OUT Fit in Get on in a group of people I didnt FIT IN with the other people working there so I left and found another job Fit in Have enough time or space for something I didnt have time to FIT IN another appointment Fit in with Be convenient or occur conveniently Theyre not arriving until Thursday which FITS IN WITH my schedule for the week Fit in with Occur or happen in a way that shows that plans or ideas have not changed His rudeness yesterday FITS IN WITH what I have always thought of his behaviour Fit into Become part of Their ideas didnt FIT INTO our plans Fit out Provide with necessary equipment They FITTED OUT the boat for the race Fit out with Provide someone with necessary equipment They didnt FIT the troops OUT WITH the necessary protective gear Fit up Frame someone- make them look guilty of something they havent done The police FITTED him UP for dealing drugs Fit up Provide equipment They FITTED us UP with the latest IT Fix up Make an arrangement He FIXED UP an appointment for me to see a specialist Fizzle out End in an unsuccessful way The campaign started well but FIZZLED OUT when they ran out of money Flag down Signal at a vehicle to get it to stop The police officer FLAGGED the car DOWN because it didnt have its headlights on Flag up Raise an issue or highlight its importance We should FLAG UP working conditions at the meeting Flake out Fall asleep from exhaustion I worked till midnight then FLAKED OUT Flame out Fail The company FLAMED OUT in the recession Flame up Burn brightly The wood FLAMED UP in the fire Flare out Get angry suddenly He FLARED OUT when he saw the dreadful report Flare up When trouble suddenly appears The argument FLARED UP when he was rude to them Flesh out Add more details or information The recent government report FLESHED OUT the draft proposals Flick over Change TV channels quickly She FLICKED OVER to see if the news had started Flick Change TV channels repeatedly I FLICKED THROUGH the channels to
Learning English with easypacelearningcom through see if there was anything worth watching Flick through Look through something quickly I FLICKED THROUGH the magazine and decided to buy it Flip off Extend your middle finger as a gesture of contempt When the police were walking away he FLIPPED them OFF Flip out Become very excited and lose control He FLIPPED OUT when he won the final Flip through Look quickly through a magazine book etc I FLIPPED THROUGH the latest issue of the magazine in the shop and decided to buy it Flog off Sell something cheaply to get rid of it The council FLOGGED OFF the land cheaply to a developer who had close links to a few of the councillors Floor it Drive a vehicle as fast as possible She FLOORED IT when the police arrived Flounce off Leave a place or walk away from someone angrily He FLOUNCED OFF when they laughed at him Flounce out Leave a place angrily He FLOUNCED OUT when the press started criticising him Fluff out Shake or pat a cushion so that it fills with air She FLUFFED OUT the sofa cushions Fluff up Shake or pat a cushion so that it fills with air He FLUFFED UP the pillow before going to bed Fly about Circulate rumours etc The rumour has been FLYING ABOUT for the past week but no one has confirmed it Fly around Circulate rumours etc There are a lot of stories FLYING AROUND about her past Fly at Attack The dog FLEW AT the cat when it came into the garden Fly at Criticise or shout angrily He FLEW AT them for not trying hard enough Fly by When time appears to move quickly As I get older the years just FLY BY Fly into Change emotion quickly He FLEW INTO a rage Fob off Make or persuade someone to accept something I FOBBED it OFF Paul Fob off Lie or deceive someone He FOBBED us OFF with a really stupid excuse Fob off on Make or persuade someone to accept something you dont want I FOBBED the work ON the others Fob off onto Make or persuade someone to accept something you dont want I FOBBED the fake note ONTO a shopkeeper Fob off with Make or persuade someone to accept something of lower quality than they wanted He FOBBED her OFF WITH some fake gold Focus on Concentrate The report FOCUSES ON the companys weak points
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Fold up Make a sheet of paper smaller Darren FOLDED UP the letter and put it in an envelope Follow on Leave to meet someone after they have left the place youre at He left an hour ago and Ill be FOLLOWING ON soon Follow on In cricket if the second team to bat doesnt score enough runs it has to bat again They were over 200 runs behind and had to FOLLOW ON Follow on from Be the part of something The film FOLLOWS ON from the original Follow through Do what is necessary to complete something or make it successful The project went wrong when the staff failed to FOLLOW THROUGH Follow through Continue moving limbs after hitting a ball You need to FOLLOW THROUGH smoothly when playing golf Follow up Do something to check or improve an earlier action He FOLLOWED UP the meeting with a report Follow up Find our about a problem and act The police didnt FOLLOW UP the allegations Fool about Not be serious They were FOOLING ABOUT and wouldnt settle down Fool about Be unfaithful Their marriage broke down because he kept FOOLING ABOUT Fool around Not be serious The teacher was angry because the class were FOOLING AROUND Fool around Be unfaithful She suspects her husband is FOOLING AROUND with one of her friends Fool with Play with something dangerous Dont FOOL WITH that- it could explode Forge ahead Make a lot of progress in a short time Weve been FORGING AHEAD with the work and should be finished well before the deadline Forge ahead Move forwards very quickly She FORGED AHEAD of the other runners and won Freak out Become very disturbed or angry She FREAKED OUT completely when she didnt get the grades to get into university Free up Make money or time available by not using it elsewhere If we get the work done tonight it will FREE UP the weekend to go away Free up Do work or a task for someone to make them available for something If you proofread this text it will FREE me UP to get on with the next part Freeze out Shut out or exclude by unfriendly treatment They tried to FREEZE me OUT of the conversation Freeze out Force to retire or withdraw from membership a job etc After Jim was FROZEN OUT of the case they hired a new lawyer Freeze over Become covered with ice lake river pond etc The winter was very severe and the lake FROZE OVER Freeze up Be blocked with ice The pipes all FROZE UP so no water came through Freeze up Stop working because the parts of a machine wont move The gears had FROZEN UP
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Freeze up When a computer stops working The computer FROZE UP it showed me the blue screen of death and I couldnt reboot Freeze up Be paralysed with fear WE FROZE UP when we heard the window break Freshen up Wash quickly and improve appearance Im going to the bathroom to FRESHEN UP before they arrive Freshen up Add more alcohol to a glass before it is empty Here let me FRESHEN UP your drink Freshen up Quickly improve the appearance of something The magazine gives you tips on how to FRESHEN UP your home cheaply Frighten away Scare someone so much that they go away The noise FRIGHTENED the birds AWAY Frighten away Scare or worry someone enough to stop them doing something they had planned The strikes FRIGHTENED many visitors AWAY Frighten off Scare someone so much that they go away The dog FRIGHTENED the burglars OFF Frighten off Scare or worry someone enough to stop them doing something they had planned The crash in share prices FRIGHTENED investors OFF Front for Represent someone especially when covering illegal or wrongful activities The solicitor FRONTS FOR a number of criminal gangs Front off Confront someone and let them know you are prepared to fight The two guys FRONTED each other OFF but someone managed to calm them down before it got out of hand Front onto Face of a building My house FRONTS ONTO the main square Front out Face up to someone withstand criticism He accused her of lying but she FRONTED him OUT Front up Appear somewhere for a short time I hate these occasions but Ill FRONT UP for the first half Front up Advance cash for something She FRONTED UP the money we needed Frown on Disapprove He FROWNS ON people making personal calls at work Fuel up Put petrol or other fuel into a vehicle We stopped to FUEL UP before the car ran out Gad about Visit a lot of different places for pleasure I spent the afternoon GADDING ABOUT in the West End Gad around Visit different places for pleasure I spent the afternoon GADDING AROUND looking for some books Gag for Want something a lot Im GAGGING FOR a drink Gang up Form a group against something or someone They GANGED UP to try to stop the new system Gang up against Harass bully in a group They GANGED UP AGAINST me because I wouldnt accept their ideas Gang up on Harass bully They GANGED UP ON him because of the way he spoke
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Gear to Organise or arrange something for a particular purpose audience etc Often passive Its not GEARED TO non-specialists Gear towards Organise or arrange something for a particular purpose audience etc The project is GEARED TOWARDS older people Gear up Get ready for a busy period The shops are GEARING UP for the New Year sales Geek out Talk at length about computing Henry always GEEKS OUT at parties and bores all the people who dont know much about computers Get about Visit many places I GET ABOUT a lot with my job- last years I visited eleven countries Get about Become known It didnt take long for the news to GET ABOUT- everyones talking about it Get about Walk or visit places She cant GET ABOUT much but she is in her eighties Get about Have personal or sexual relationships with many people She GETS ABOUT a bit shes always with some new guy Get above Behave as if you are better or more important than others Shes been GETTING ABOVE HERSELF since she got promotedThis is normally used in progressive forms and followed by a reflexive pronoun though get above your station is also used Get across Communicate successfully I just couldnt GET my message ACROSS at the meeting Get across Go from one side to the other Its impossible to GET ACROSS the road with all this traffic Get across Move something from one side to the other How are we going to GET these bags ACROSS the river Get across to Be convincing or make a good impression How can I GET ACROSS TO my audience Get after Nag or exhort someone You should GET AFTER them to finish the work Get after Chase GET AFTER her and give her the message before she leaves the building Get ahead Progress Nowadays you need IT skills if you want to GET AHEAD Get ahead of Move in front of I work at home in the evening to GET AHEAD OF schedule Get along Have a good relationship Why dont you two GET ALONG Youre always arguing Get along Leave Its late we must be GETTING ALONG Get along Progess Hows the homework GETTING ALONG Get along in Progress How are you GETTING ALONG IN the company Get along Have a good relationship with someone I dont GET ALONG WITH my sister- we
Learning English with easypacelearningcom with have nothing in common Get along with Deal with handle How are you GETTING ALONG WITH the training course Get around Become known It didnt take long for the news to GET AROUND once it got into the newspapers Get around Visit many different places He GETS AROUND a lot- hes always flying somewhere different Get around Walk or go to places Hes finding it hard to GET AROUND since the operation and spends most of his time at home Get around Avoid a problem Itll be tricky but we will find a way to GET AROUND the regulations Get around Persuade convince She didnt want to accept my application because it was late but I managed to GET AROUND her Get around Have personal or sexual relationships with many people He GETS AROUND a bit hes always with some new girlfriend Get around to Finally manage to do something make the effort to do something It always takes me ages to GET AROUND to replying to letters Get at Criticise His boss is always GETTING AT him for arriving late Get at Mean What do you think shes GETTING AT Ive no idea what she wants Get at Be able to reach find access Its on the top shelf and I cant GET AT it Get at Use threats payments bribes etc to affect someones testimony or decision The gangsters GOT AT the jury who found them not guilty of all charges despite the evidence presented in court Get away Escape The robbers GOT AWAY in a stolen car which the police later found abandoned Get away Go on holiday or for a short break We love to GET AWAY from everything and relax in the country Get away Move leave somewhere He didnt come because he was stuck at work and couldnt GET AWAY Get away from Go somewhere different or do something different Works getting on top of me I need to GET AWAY FROM it Get away from Start to talk about something that is not relevant to the discussion I think were GETTING AWAY FROM the point here- we need to concentrate on the main ideas Get away with Not get caught criticised or punished for doing something wrong Thieves GOT AWAY WITH two Picassos which were never found Get away with Achieve something despite not doing it correctly or properly Do you think we could GET AWAY WITH using the cheaper product Get away An expression of disbelief quotI passedquot quotGET AWAY You couldnt have passedquot Get back Return The train was held up so we didnt GET BACK home until midnight
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Get back Return something Dont lend him any money youll never GET it BACK Get back Revenge He was rude and embarrassed me but Ill GET him BACK Get back Move away The police told the crowd to GET BACK to allow the ambulance through Get back at Take revenge Ill GET BACK AT her for landing me in trouble Get back into Start doing something after stopping for some time I am GETTING BACK INTO my Khmer lessons after the summer break Get back into Find a new enthusiasm for something I lost interest for a while but Im GETTING BACK INTO it Get back to Respond to a contact Ill GET BACK TO you as soon as I hear any news Get back to Respond when you know the answer I dont know at the moment but I will GET BACK TO you as soon as I have the information Get back to Start doing something again after an interruption It took me ages to GET BACK TO sleep after the phone rang Get back together Restart a relationship We split up a few months ago but GOT BACK TOGETHER last week Get behind Support All the students GOT BEHIND the teacher Get behind with Be late paying instalments for something If you GET BEHIND WITH mortgage payments you might lose your home Get by Have just enough money to live on Theyre finding it increasingly difficult to GET BY since their daughter was born Get by Not be noticed problems errors etc I had checked it but there still were a few mistakes that didnt GET BY the editor Get by on Manage on a certain amount of money Its hard to GET BY ON my salary Get by with Have enough of something to do the job We should be able to GET BY WITH three PCs but four would be better Get down Make someone depressed unhappy exhausted etc The miserable weather in winter really GETS me DOWN Get down Write record I couldnt GET DOWN everything he said Get down Manage to swallow The medicine tasted horrible and it was difficult to GET it DOWN Get down Descend leave a vehicle The trained pulled in and we GOT DOWN Get down Leave the table after eating When they had finished dinner the children asked if they could GET DOWN Get down Reduce The doctor says I my GET my cholesterol levels DOWN Get down Have an affair or sexual relations They GOT DOWN at the party last week Get down Criticise My mother used to GET DOWN ON us
Learning English with easypacelearningcom on for not doing enough homework Get down to Start working seriously I find it extremely difficult to GET DOWN TO doing any revision for examinations Get down to Enjoy something a lot People were GETTING DOWN TO the concert Get in Arrange for someone to do a job in your home workplace etc The air conditioning has broken down well have to GET a technician IN to fix it Get in Arrive train plane etc Her plane GETS IN at 2am our time Get in Arrive home She didnt GET IN till well after twelve oclock because shed been out for a few drinks with her mates Get in Enter a car or taxi The taxi pulled up and we GOT IN Get in Buy or obtain supplies like food We need to GET some coffee IN were completely out Get in Arrive at work school home I GOT IN late today because the train broke down Get in Enter a building or place I borrowed her pass to GET IN Get in Be elected The government GOT IN with a very small majority Get in Manage to say or do I couldnt GET a word IN throughout the meeting Get in Be admitted to a university club etc He did badly in the entrance exam and didnt GET IN Get in Bring inside a place Its raining Id better GET the washing IN Get in Submit apply We have to GET the forms IN by the end of this week Get in Pay for drinks He GOT the drinks IN Get in on Become involved The company tried to GET IN ON our market Get in with Become friendly with ingratiate with I tried to GET IN WITH them as I thought it would help me at work Get into Become involved or interested Shes been GETTING INTO dance music recently Get into Become involved in something bad or criminal He GOT INTO drugs when he was at university Get into Be accepted or admitted She did well and GOT INTO Cambridge University Get into Become or be accepted as a member He GOT INTO the first team for football Get into Start a habit or way of acting or behaving It took me ages to GET INTO driving on the left Get into Be small enough to wear something I couldnt GET INTO the boots they were too tight Get into Criticise He GOT INTO me for doing it badly
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Get it Be punished or scolded If you dont stop that right now youll really GET IT Get it off Have sex They GOT IT OFF at the party Get it off with Have sex with She GOT IT OFF WITH her friends husband Get it on Become interested or excited The talk was dull and nobody GOT IT ON Get it on Have sex Did you two GET IT ON Get it on with Have sex with Did you GET IT ON WITH him Get it together Control things in your life to achieve your aims If I dont GET IT TOGETHER I will never reach my targets Get it together Begin a relationship They only GET IT TOGETHER at the very end of the film Get it up Become aroused of a man He couldnt GET IT UP and felt very embarrassed Get off Escape punishment He GOT OFF on a technicality and left the court a free man Get off Leave a bus train etc We GOT OFF the bus and walked to my house Get off Finish leave work I like to GET OFF early on Fridays Get off Start a journey We need to GET OFF early to avoid the rush hour traffic Get off Help a baby or child sleep I cant GET the kids OFF because of the noise from next door Get off Orgasm have sex We GOT OFF last night Get off Manage to fire a gun She GOT OFF a few shots before she was arrested Get off Stop talking on the phone Let me know when he GETS OFF the phone as I need to make a call Get off Write or send letters messages etc I GOT three emails OFF before the meeting Get off Say or write something funny She GOT OFF some jokes at the start of her presentation Get off it A way of expressing disbelief or telling someone that theyre wrong or have an incorrect opinion I knew he was lying so I told him to GET OFF IT Get off on Enjoy a drug He GETS OFF ON crystal meth every night Get off on Become excited by She GETS OFF ON her power over us Get off with Have casual sex with He GOT OFF WITH her at the party Get off Dont touch leave alone If he bothers you just tell him where to GET OFF Get on Continue doing something The teacher asked the pupils to GET ON with some work quietly as she had to leave the classroom
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Learning English with easypacelearningcom Get out of Stop a regular activity or habit If you GET OUT OF a routine it can be hard to start again Get out of Make someone confess or tell the truth The police couldnt GET any information OUT OF him Get out of Make someone give something to you Did you GET a refund OUT OF the travel agency Get out of Derive pleasure or benefit from something Shes GETTING a lot OUT OF her university course Get out of Help someone avoid doing something I GOT him OUT OF having to work at the weekend Get out Expression of disbelief I got 100 on the testGet out Get over Recover from something feel better It took me ages to GET OVER the bout of flu Get over Solve find a solution It took us a long time to GET OVER the problems with the computer system Get over Communicate make people understand He makes jokes to help GET his message OVER Get over Be shocked or surprised that something if real or true I couldnt GET OVER how much weight he had put on Get over Get to the other side We couldnt GET OVER the river because of the floods Get over Come somewhere He said he needed help and ask me to GET OVER as soon as I could Get over with Do something unpleasant that has to be done rather than delaying it any more I GOT the test OVER WITH rather than have to worry about it any longer Get round Become known I dont want this to GET ROUND so please keep it to yourself Get round Find a solution Were nearly ready but there are few little problems we have to GET ROUND before we finish Get round around to Finally manage to do something It always takes me ages to GET ROUND to writing letters In American English around is used Get round or around Persuade someone She didnt want to let me do it but I succeeded in GETTING ROUND her In American English around is used Get through Contact I tried calling her mobile phone but I couldnt GET THROUGH Get through Consume He GETS THROUGH two bottles of wine a day Get through Finish Im going to take some work home because I havent managed to GET THROUGH it all today Get through Succeed in an exam or test My car didnt GET THROUGH its inspection Get through Help someone or something succeed or pass a test or exam My teacher GOT me THROUGH the exam
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Learning English with easypacelearningcom etc Give away Give an unwanted baby to people to bring up She had to GIVE her baby AWAY as she couldnt afford to bring it up Give away Betray report to authorities The gang GAVE him AWAY to the police Give away Give a weight advantage to an opponent in boxing He is GIVING AWAY thirty pounds to the challenger Give back Return something youve borrowed I GAVE the money BACK that shed lent to me Give back Return something that someone has lost Nothing could GIVE me BACK the way I felt before the scandal Give in Stop doing something because its too hard or requires too much energy I couldnt finish the crossword puzzle and had to GIVE IN and look at the answers Give in Submit homework etc The projects have to be GIVEN IN three weeks before we break up for the end of term Give in Surrender accept defeat They GAVE IN when the police surrounded the building Give in Offer or submit for judgement approval They GAVE IN their complaint to the court Give in to Agree to something you dont like The government says it will not GIVE IN TO terrorists Give in to Allow a feeling or desire to control you Eventually I GAVE IN TO my anger and screamed at them Give it to Criticise harshly or punish someone for something They really GAVE IT TO me for forgetting to turn up Give it up for Applaud Please GIVE IT UP FOR our next guest Give it up to Applaud Please GIVE IT UP TO our next guest Give of Contribute without expecting anything in return usually time or money He GIVE OF his free time to help the club Give off Emit pollution or something else unpleasant The police stopped the van because it was GIVING OFF a lot of black smoke Give off Behave in a way that makes people think of you in a certain way She GIVES OFF an air of nobility Give off Expand The company is GIVING OFF all over the country Give off Follow or take one of 2 or more branches instructions in machine code in writing a computer program using system software for a programming language A particular application of a processing code can be GIVEN OFF while requiring minimal run-time support Give onto Open into a place for a door or window The French windows GIVE ONTO the lawn Give out Distribute Somebody was GIVING leaflets OUT in front of the underground station Give out Stop working through age or overuse Id been having trouble with my laptop and it finally GAVE OUT at the weekend
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Give out Have no more of a supply The water GAVE OUT after a week in the desert Give out Make public They GAVE the names of the winners OUT last night Give out Emit The factory GIVES OUT a lot of fumes Give out End or finish somewhere The path GIVES OUT halfway around the lake Give out Make a sound or noise She GAVE OUT a moan Give out Read the wordings of a hymn or psalm aloud for congregational singing He GAVE OUT the psalm Give over Stop doing something bad or annoying They were making a lot of noise so I told them to GIVE OVER Give over Entrust pass on responsibility Weve GIVEN the premises OVER to the new company Give over Stop an activity The police told the rioters to GIVE OVER Give over to Dedicate devote He GAVE himself OVER TO finding his son Give over to Transfer responsibility After her death they GAVE control of the estate OVER TO her niece Give over An expression of disbelief Theyve doubled your salary- GIVE OVER Give up Stop doing something that has been a habit I GAVE UP taking sugar in tea and coffee to lose weight Give up Stop being friendly end relationships She GAVE UP all her school friends when she went to university Give up Stop doing something I have GIVEN UP trying to help them Give up Surrender stop trying I cant think of the answer I GIVE UP Give up Sacrifice or dedicate time etc to something I GAVE UP all my free time to the project Give up Allow someone to sit in your chair take your place etc I GAVE UP my seat to a pregnant woman Give up Allow or give away a run while pitching baseball He has GIVEN UP 14 earned runs in 14 innings Give up on Lose faith in or stop believing in something or someone I GAVE UP ON them when I heard what they were saying about me behind my back Give up on Stop feeling hope I have GIVEN UP ON them they never do what they promise Give up to Denounce report to authorities He GAVE his accomplices UP TO the police Give way Stop to allow vehicles to pass You must GIVE WAY at this junction Give way Collapse break The dam GAVE WAY when the floods rose Give way to Yield surrender retreat Dont GIVE WAY TO your worst fears about this
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Give way to Relinquish position or ascendancy Night GIVES WAY TO day Give way to Be replaced by something better cheaper more modern etc Cottage industries GAVE WAY TO the big companies Give way to Allow a vehicle to pass in front You must GIVE WAY TO oncoming traffic Give way to Surrender to strong emotions He GAVE WAY TO his anger and started screaming at them Give yourself up Surrender to the police or authorities The gang GAVE THEMSELVES UP last night Give yourself up to Dedicate time energy etc to something He GAVE himself UP TO his job Gloss over Try to minimise the importance of something The Minister tried to GLOSS OVER the report that was critical of her department Gnaw at Trouble worry or annoy someone I know it was wrong and guilt has GNAWED AT me ever since I did it Gnaw at Harm gradually The governments dishonesty has GNAWED AT peoples trust in politicians Gnaw away at Harm gradually Their behaviour GNAWED AWAY AT our trust in them Go about Deal with something How should I GO ABOUT telling her the bad news Go about Circulate A rumour is GOING ABOUT involving the Attorney General Go across Move to another side or place He WENT ACROSS to the opposition Go after Chase try to get The cat WENT AFTER the pigeon but it flew away Go against Lose a decision or a verdict of a court If the decision GOES AGAINST me Ill go bankrupt Go ahead Proceed The construction of the bypass WENT AHEAD despite the protests from environmentalists Go ahead with Proceed We now intend to GO AHEAD WITH the final stage of the project Go along with Accept a decision or suggestion I didnt really agree but I WENT ALONG WITH the decision because I was in the minority Go along with Accompany I plan to GO ALONG WITH them as far as Los Angeles Go around Circulate A rumour is GOING AROUND about the Attorney General Go around Be or have enough of something There arent enough jobs to GO AROUND for the numbers of people graduating nowadays Go around Visit I WENT AROUND for dinner at their house
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Go at Attack or approach something with vigour She WENT AT her dinner like she hadnt eaten for days Go away Leave a place or disappear This drug should make the pain GO AWAY Go back Have a long history He and I GO BACK a long way- we were at school together Go back Return to start doing something again We WENT BACK to work after the break Go back on Break a promise The government have GONE BACK ON their promise not to raise taxes Go before Precede We can t ignore what has GONE BEFORE and pretend that everything has been OK Go below Leave the top deck of a ship The captain told the passengers to GO BELOW when the storm started Go by The passing of time Ten years WENT BY before we saw each other again Go by Trust or depend on for correct information Dont GO BY my watch its usually a bit slow Go by Pay a short visit call Nobody was at home when I WENT BY yesterday Go down Decrease get smaller The price of scanners has GONE DOWN recently Go down Sink The Titanic WENT DOWN after it hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage Go down Sunset The sun WENT DOWN at seven oclock Go down Be sent to to prison He WENT DOWN for ten years for armed robbery Go down Become recorded as or known as It WENT DOWN as the worst day in the history of the company Go down Be eaten or swallowed The medicine WENT DOWN easily Go down Fall to the ground The boxer WENT DOWN in the second round Go down Happen take place The police thought that a big crime was GOING DOWN that night Go down Stop working especially computers The computer system WENT DOWN for an hour last night Go down Become dimmer The lights WENT DOWN and the audience stopped talking Go down Be received by people in terms of their reaction My joke WENT DOWN very badly Go down on Perform oral sex He WENT DOWN ON her Go down to Be defeated Chelsea WENT DOWN TO Arsenal in a thrilling game Go down with Fall ill She WENT DOWN WITH a virus
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Go down with Find acceptance Do you think the scheme will GO DOWN WITH the farmers in the area Go for Attack The neighbours dog WENT FOR the postman and bit him Go for Be attracted to She tends to GO FOR guys like him Go for Choose select Ill GO FOR the soup of the day followed by the duck Go for Try to get The player WENT FOR the ball but missed Go for Have something favourable The play didnt have much GOING FOR IT and we left halfway through Go for Pass for or serve as Its a couch that also GOES FOR a bed Go for it Be assertive and ready to initiate actionRelated to the meaning attack He was not always successful but whatever he tried to do he would always GO FOR IT Go forth Leave a place He WENT FORTH and found a wife in another city Go forth Travel abroad leave a place They WENT FORTH to spread the word of the new religion Go forward Move clocks ahead The clocks MOVE FORWARD an hour on Sunday Go forward Progress The top three teams GO FORWARD to the next round Go in Go to hospital for treatment surgery etc He WENT IN for a triple bypass operation two days ago Go in Fit The cable GOES IN here Go in Disappear become obscured by a cloud The sun has GONE IN Go in Attack The troops WENT IN at dawn Go in for Enter a competition or sit an exam He WENT IN FOR the photography prize but didnt win Go in for Support advocate I dont GO IN FOR the claims being made about blogging Go in for Like have an interest in He GOES IN FOR classical music Go in for Make a career choice Have you thought about GOING IN FOR teaching Go in with Form a union or alliance Theyre going to GO IN WITH the Social Democrats Go in with Join enter Ask the other to GO IN WITH them on the plan Go into Discuss in some detail They refused to GO INTO exactly what was wrong Go into Enter a profession hospital trade market She WENT INTO banking after shed finished university Go into Begin a speech or description He WENT INTO a long attack on the way press had handled the issue Go into Be dedicated or devoted A lot of time and effort WENT INTO this
Learning English with easypacelearningcom book Go into Be contained in a larger number Five GOES INTO sixty 12 times Go it Behave in a reckless way Shouting at the boss like that is GOING IT Go it Move or drive very fast After the traffic jam he really WENT IT to make up time Go it alone Do something without help He prefers to GO IT ALONE rather then working with the team Go off Explode bomb start ringing alarm The fire alarm WENT OFF because someone was smoking in the toilets Go off Go bad The milk WENT OFF because I forgot to put it in the fridge Go off Start to dislike I WENT OFF her when she lied to me Go off Leave a place Please dont GO OFF until we have sorted this out Go off Take place follow a plan or pattern The party WENT OFF well Go off Stop working electricelectronic equipment The lights GO OFF automatically when the office is empty Go off with Elope run away with someone She WENT OFF WITH her friends husband Go off with Steal He WENT OFF WITH my credit cards Go on Continue He WENT ON and ON talking and I was so bored Go on Happen There are loads of people out in the street whats GOING ON Go on Start doing or taking something She WENT ON the pill when she met him Go on Be guided The investigators have no clues to GO ON Go on Be nearly a certain period of time Its GOING ON ten years since we met Go on Progress They asked me how the project was GOING ON Go on Spend money Most of my salary GOES ON my mortgage repayments Go on Start working electricelectronic equipment The alarm GOES ON when you close the front door Go on about Talk too much Hes always GOING ON ABOUT his kids Go on at Pester try to make someone do something by repeatedly asking or suggesting He WENT ON AT his parents until they bought him the game Go on to Proceed We had dinner and WENT ON TO a few bars Go on with Continue doing Please GO ON WITH your work Go one A way of encouraging someone GO ON apply for the job Go out Stop burning be extinguished The candle WENT OUT and left us in
Learning English with easypacelearningcom darkness Go out Leave a place He WENT OUT last night Go out Go on strike The workers WENT OUT for more money Go out Become infashionable That sort of tie WENT OUT last year Go out Move backwards of a tide The tide GOES OUT in the evening Go out Be eliminated in a competition England WENT OUT in the second round Go out Be transmitted The item WENT OUT on the news yesterday Go out Be sent The newsletter WENT OUT last night Go out Intend I didnt GO OUT to offend them Go out for Become a candidate apply for something She WENT OUT FOR a place on the team Go out to Feel sympathy with someone Our condolences GO OUT TO all the families who have lost people in this tragic accident Go out with Have a relationship with Hes been GOING OUT WITH his girlfriend for around six months now Go over Look at something revise We WENT OVER our notes before the exam Go over Visit I hadnt seen her for a while so I WENT OVER on Friday night Go over Be approved or accepted My plans WENT OVER well Go over Repeat or explain Could you GO OVER that point again please Go over Clean I WENT OVER the living room with the vacuum cleaner before they arrived Go over to Go on a journey Im GOING OVER TO Hong Kong next month Go over to Become converted She WENT OVER TO Islam when she was living in the Middle East Go over to Change to something different I used to drink beer but I have GONE OVER TO wine Go past Pass without stopping She WENT PAST me without saying hello Go round Be or have enough of something There arent enough jobs to GO ROUND for the numbers of people graduating nowadays Go round Circulate Theres a nasty rumour GOING ROUND about them Go round Visit I WENT ROUND last night to see them Go through Experience You wouldnt believe what I WENT THROUGH when I was ill Go through Read again I WENT THROUGH my notes before the exam
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Go through Examine search I WENT THROUGH my desk looking for the letter Go through Do something in a certain way or following certain procedures You must GO THROUGH the proper channels to get the approval Go through Explain He WENT THROUGH his ideas twice but I couldnt really understand them Go through Be approved formally or sanctioned My divorce WENT THROUGH last week Go through Enter They said I could GO THROUGH the exam room Go through Consume or spend We WENT THROUGH a fortune on our holiday Go through Perform or carry something out I WENT THROUGH my work in a daze after I heard the news Go through with Do or complete something youve agreed to He did promise but I doubt that hell GO THROUGH WITH it Go to Allocate money About half of my income GOES TO pay the mortgage Go together Harmonize or be compatible Drinking and driving dont GO TOGETHER Go towards Contibute The money WENT TOWARDS my university fees Go under Go bankrupt Many small shops are GOING UNDER because they cannot compete with the supermarkets Go under Lose consciousness She WENT UNDER a few minutes after they administered the anaesthetic Go under Sink The ship WENT UNDER in a heavy storm Go up Rise or climb The price of petrol has GONE UP sharply because of the increase in duty in the Governments budget Go up Approach We WENT UP and asked them for some information about the courses Go up Be built Skyscrapers are GOING UP everywhere in the city centre Go up Be heard A huge cheer WENT UP when the president arrived Go up Be promoted The top three teams GO UP at the end of the season Go up to Approach She WENT UP TO him and asked him if he wanted a drink Go up to Attend a university She WENT UP TO Cambridge after she finished secondary school Go up to Reach The book only GOES UP TO the start of the Second World War Go with Combine nicely Does this tie GO WITH my shirt
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Go with Accompany A lot of benefits GO WITH the job Go with Accept agree to Were GOING WITH our original plan in the end Go with Date have a relationship with Shes been GOING WITH him since she was at university Go without Not have I had to GO WITHOUT lunch today because I didnt have any time Go without Cope without having something Theyre not coming so well have to GO WITHOUT their help Goof around Fool around not be serious We spent the weekend GOOFING AROUND Goof off Avoid or leave work We GOOFED OFF for the afternoon to watch the match Goof up Mess spoil They GOOFED UP our plans Grasp at Try to take hold of something quickly He GRASPED AT the rail when he fell Grasp at Take an opportunity without hesitation They GRASPED AT the chance to speak to her Grass on Report someone to a person in authority He GRASSED ON us and got us into a lot of trouble Grass up Report someone to a person in authority She didnt to GRASS them UP even though theyd been bullying her badly Grey out Disable a function in a computer program leaving it visible but not working They GREYED OUT the print button to stop people using itIn American English gray would be used Grind away Keep working at something Although I hated it I GROUND AWAY until I had finished Grind down Reduce or destroy someones enthusiasm Their negativity GRINDS me DOWN Grind into Press or twist something hard into something else She GROUND her cigarette INTO the ashtray Grind on Proceed relentlessly The war GROUND ON for years Grind on Talk endlessly He was still GRINDING ON about football when we left Grind out Produce something with great difficulty I find it very hard to GRIND OUT an original essay every week Grind up Reduce to small pieces She GROUND the beans UP and made some coffee Grow apart Become distant stop having a close relationship because time distance interests etc have changed We used to be good friends at school but have since GROWN APART Grow away from Become less friendly with I have GROWN AWAY FROM many of the people I grew up with Grow back Grow again Nails GROW BACK quickly after you cut them Grow from Result from a process A lot GREW FROM the peace talks Grow into Grow to fit large clothes The jackets a bit big but shell GROW INTO it
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Grow into Mature or change into Shes has GROWN INTO a lovely person Grow into Develop or change over time to fit something It may seem difficult at first but you will GROW INTO the job Grow on Like something that you didnt like at first The painting has GROWN ON me I used to ate it Grow on Have a greater influence or degree of acceptance The plans sounded strange at first but they have GROWN ON me Grow on Become gradually more evident A feeling of distrust of them GREW ON me Grow out Let hair etc with dyes perms grow to get rid of the style Im letting the perm GROW OUT Grow out of Grow too large for clothes He GREW OUT OF those shoes in no time at all Grow out of Lose interest as you grow older or become more mature He was obsessed with computer games but the he GREW OUT OF them Grow out of Result or develop from The idea for the film GREW OUT OF an accident that happened to the director Grow to Eventually do something We GREW TO like the neighbourhood Grow together Gradually become attached united or close We GREW TOGETHER while we were working on the same project Grow up Mature become adult He GREW UP in the West Country Grow up Arise emerge The industry GREW UP very quickly Grow up Develop in a place or for a reason city town etc The town GREW UP as a trading post Grow up on Do or have something when you are a child We GREW UP ON cartoons Grow upon Like something that you didnt like at first The book started slowly and was a bit dull but it has GROWN UPON me Grow upon Have a greater influence or degree of acceptance As we got nearer the date of the meeting their idea GREW UPON me Grow upon Become gradually more evident A feeling of distrust of them GREW UPON me Gun for Try to destroy an opponent Hes GUNNING FOR his rivals at work Gussy up Dress smartly or improve the appearance of something They spent a fortune GUSSYING UP the house Hack around Waste time Ive been HACKING AROUND all morning because I cant get down to doing any revision Hack into Break into a computer system He HACKED INTO the government database and stole a lot of data Hack off Annoy He HACKS me OFF with his endless complaining Hack up Chop or cut into small pieces They HACKED the table UP and burnt it Hack up Expel by coughing I HACKED UP a lot of phlegm while I was ill
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Ham up Perform or act in an excessive way to attract attention or amuse people He HAMMED the part UP to get the audience to laugh Hammer away at Work relentlessly She HAMMERED AWAY AT her PC all night and finished the project Hammer into Repeat something over a period of time to make someone remember it He HAMMERED the rules INTO me Hammer out Negotiate and reach an agreement They HAMMERED OUT their differences and got the contract signed Hand back Return The police officer checked my licence then HANDED it BACK Hand down Pass on to the next generation The jewellery has been HANDED DOWN in my family for generations Hand down Give a formal decision The court HANDED DOWN its ruling yesterday Hand in Submit work for appraisal I HANDED my homework IN late as usual Hand on Give to someone else I HANDED the job ON to a colleague Hand on Transmit knowledge to the next generation The secrets have been HANDED ON from generation to generation Hand out Distribute The teacher HANDED OUT the worksheet to the class Hand over Give The robbers told the clerk to HAND OVER all the money Hang about Spend time somewhere not doing much They HANG ABOUT the station most of the day Hang about Stop what youre doing and pay attention to me HANG ABOUT Were not allowed to do this Hang around Stay in a place They HANG AROUND the station most of the day Hang back Not move forwards to avoid doing something When they raced towards the entrance I HUNG BACK till it was less crowded Hang back from Delay or avoid doing something They were HANGING BACK FROM making the final decision Hang in there Persevere not give up Were were doing badly but we HUNG IN THERE till we finished Hang it up Retire quit Im getting too old for this- Im going to HANG IT UP starting next month Hang on Wait Could you HANG ON for a moment till shes free Hang on Hold tightly The driver told the passengers to HANG ON as the bus pulled off Hang onto Keep I HUNG ONTO my old records even though I never played them Hang out Spend time socially He HANGS OUT in the pub The Monarch hes there most nights Hang out for Wait or refuse to do something until you get what you want Shes HANGING OUT FOR a big raise
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Hang over Worry or trouble I have a lot of financial problem HANGING OVER my head Hang together Work together when things are difficult We have to HANG TOGETHER if were going to finish this project Hang up End a phone call I lost my temper and HUNG UP Hang up on End a phone call with someone A telesales person called so I said something rude and HUNG UP ON them Hang with Spend time with He has been HANGING WITH them for a few months Hanker after Want something a lot especially if you shouldnt want it or cant have it Im supposed to be on a diet and I cant stop HANKERING AFTER some chocolate Hanker for Want something a lot especially if you shouldnt want it or cant have it Harp on Talk repeatedly about something I was late twice last week and my boss keeps HARPING ON about it Hate on Be jealous abuse or have an active hatred of someone She HATES ON people who disagree with her ideas Have against Dislike disagree or hold a grudge Usually negative I HAVE nothing AGAINST their proposals Have around Entertain someone in your home I HAD the neighbours AROUND for dinner last night Have down as Think of someone or something in a particular way I HAD her DOWN AS a liberal but I was very wrong Have in Have a supply of something in a particular place Do we HAVE any beer IN Have in Get someone to do some work We HAD the decorators IN last week Have in Entertain people in your home We HAD them IN last night for dinner Have it away Have sex with someone especially casual sex She HAD IT AWAY with him last Friday Have it in for Hold a grudge He has HAD IT IN FOR me since I beat him last year Have it off Have sex They HAD IT OFF after the party Have it out with Discuss or argue an issue to improve a situation Id been worried for ages so I decided to HAVE IT OUT WITH them Have off Take time off work I HAD a couple of days OFF last week to relax Have on Be wearing What did Jennie HAVE ON at the party Have on Have an electronic device switched on I HAVE my computer ON all the time Have on Have an arrangement I HAVE a lot of meetings ON next week Have on Tease deceive They said theyd failed but they were HAVING me ON Have on Be in possession at a particular time I HAVENT any money ON me but I can get some from the ATM Have on Know something about someone that could harm them I HAVE a lot ON him because we used to work together
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Have over Receive a guest Shall we HAVE them OVER for dinner Have round Entertain someone in your home I HAD a few friends ROUND yesterday Have up Make someone appear in court They HAD him UP for armed robbery Head for Move or travel towards Its getting late- Im HEADING FOR home Head off Stop someone or force them to change direction The sheriff and his men HEADED the bandits OFF at the pass Head off Prevent something bad happening The company made a better offer to HEAD OFF the moves for a strike Head off Leave somewhere to go to another place After work we all HEADED OFF to the pub Head out Go out Were HEADING OUT at seven so dont be late Head up Be in charge Hes HEADING UP the steering committee Hear about Get to know some information Have you HEARD ABOUT the company takeover Hear from Receive a phone call email letter or other communication from someone I havent HEARD FROM them since we left university Hear of Know of something or someones existence Ive HEARD OF the band but dont know their music Hear of Receive news updates or information about someone I have HEARD nothing OF them since they moved house Hear of In the negative this can mean that someone refuse to accept allow or acknowledge something I said it would be a positive step but she wouldnt HEAR OF it Hear out Listen to everything someone has to say I HEARD them OUT before I commented Heat up Make food hot He HEATED the soup UP in the microwave Help out Give assistance She really HELPED me OUT when I was going through my divorce Hide away Put something in a place where it wont be found They HID the money AWAY in secret bank accounts Hide away Go or stay somewhere where you wont be found or away from people Im renting a cottage where I can HIDE AWAY for the summer Hide out Go or stay somewhere to avoid being caught or found The police think hes HIDING OUT in the woods Hinge on Depend very much or completely Everything HINGES ON the results of the negotiations if they go badly well be in real trouble Hinge on Be an essential point for the development of a story The film HINGES ON his not being recognised when hes in disguise Hinge upon Depend very much or completely Everything HINGES UPON the results of the negotiations if they go badly well be in real trouble
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Hit back Attack or criticise The president HIT BACK at her critics in a speech last night Hit for Get someone to pay or donate money They HIT the sponsors FOR a lot of money Hit it off Have a good relationship from the first time you meet a person We HIT IT OFF immediately and became firm friends Hit it off with Like someone from the first time you meet them I HIT IT OFF WITH her immediately Hit on Have an idea I suddenly HIT ON the solution Hit on Talk to someone to try to attract them sexually She HIT ON him at the party and they went back to her house Hit on Ask for money A beggar HIT ON me when I left the restaurant Hit out at Respond angrily to criticism The government HIT OUT AT the media for their negativity Hit up Inject drugs Shes been HITTING UP for years Hit up Ask someone for some money He always tries to HIT me UP for money when we meet Hit up on Inject drugs Hes been HITTING UP ON heroin for years Hit upon Have an idea It took us ages to HIT UPON a solution Hit upon Try to attract someone sexually He tried to HIT UPON her at the pub Hit with Surprise someone with some information or news He HIT me WITH the details of their demands Hive off Separate part of a company or service often by selling it They HIVED OFF the retail operations Hold against Have a grudge against someone or little respect He was very rude but I wont HOLD it AGAINST him Hold back Not show emotion It was really hard to HOLD BACK the tears Hold back Prevent something moving forwards or progressing Lack of funding HELD the project BACK Hold back Not disclose information or make it public The government HELD BACK the findings of the report for fear of alienating voters Hold back from Not allow yourself to do something I had to HOLD BACK FROM losing my temper with them Hold down Keep a job Hes so unreliable that he can never HOLD DOWN a job for more than a couple of months Hold down Stop someone or something from moving It took four of us to HOLD him DOWN and stop the fight Hold forth State your opinions about something especially when talking for a long time and boringly The manager HELD FORTH on the topic for about twenty minutes Hold off When bad weather doesnt appear The rain HELD OFF until wed got back
Learning English with easypacelearningcom home Hold off Stop someone from attacking or beating you Chelsea couldnt HOLD their opponents OFF and lost the game Hold on Wait Could you HOLD ON for a minute shell be free in a moment Hold on To hold tightly We HELD ON as the bus started to move Hold on to Hold tightly I HELD ON TO my luggage while I was waiting fr the taxi so that it didnt get stolen Hold onto Keep as long as possible It tried to HOLD ONTO my cash during the holiday so I could buy some duty free stuff on the way back Hold onto Hold tightly The mother HELD ONTO her daughters hand to keep together in the crowd Hold out Resist When the enemy attacked they HELD OUT for six weeks Hold out Hold in front of you I HELD OUT my hand when she walked in Hold out against Try to reject The staff are HOLDING OUT AGAINST the plans to reduce the workforce Hold out for Wait for something better or refuse something now for something better in the future We are HOLDING OUT FOR a much better deal than the one offered Hold out on Not pay someone or give them information Hes been HOLDING OUT ON me for weeks and I really need the money Hold over Delay The meeting has been HELD OVER till Friday Hold over To continue something for longer than planned It has been so successful that they have HELD it OVER for another fortnight Hold together Not break up The society managed to HOLD TOGETHER despite the crisis Hold up Delay when travelling I was HELD UP by the terrible traffic and arrived half an hour late for my appointment Hold up Rob with violence or threats thereof Two armed men HELD UP the bank in High Street this morning and got away with 75000 Hold with Accept usually negative I dont HOLD WITH their plans Hole up Hide to avoid detection or an unpleasant situation They HOLED UP in a remote cottage while the police were searching for them Home in on Target The government is HOMING IN ON benefit fraud Hone in on Target focus The company HONED IN ON its rival and tried to take it overSome consider this verb to be wrong and that is confused with home in on Hook into Persuade someone to do something they She HOOKED them INTO coming after
Learning English with easypacelearningcom dont want to do all Hook up Meet someone We HOOKED UP at the conference Hook up to Connect to a machine Hes HOOKED UP TO a ventilator in the hospital Hoon around Act in a dangerous or reckless way especially when driving fast He was HOONING AROUND in his new car last night and the police pulled him Horse around Not be serious The class were HORSING AROUND when the teacher came in and told them to sit down Hose down Use a hose to wet clean or wash something They HOSED the patio DOWN Hose down Invest heavily in or throw a lot of money at something They have HOSED DOWN an obscure start-up up with capital Hound out Force someone out of a place job position etc The press HOUNDED the minister OUT after the scandal broke Hover around Move about a place She was HOVERING AROUND to see what we were talking about Hunker down Settle in a place as comfortably as possible to stay there The troops HUNKERED DOWN in the building Hunt down Search for someone to punish or kill them The police HUNTED the killer DOWN Hunt out Search until you find something It took me ages to HUNT OUT the photos Hunt up Search for and manage to find something He HUNTED UP a copy the book in the British library Hush up Try to keep something bad from becoming widely known The company tried to HUSH UP the scandal but it still got into the newspapers Iron out Remove small problems or irregularities The management team IRONED OUT the tax problems before they gave the project the OK Issue forth Come out of a place New initiatives ISSUE FORTH from the government on a daily basis Jabber away Talk fast or incomprehensibly They started JABBERING AWAY about file systems and lost me completely Jack around Make trouble for someone fail to keep promises Dont listen to him- he always JACKS people AROUND Jack in Quit give up I JACKED my job IN because my boss refused to give me a raise Jack up Raise a car to be able to do mechanical work We JACKED the car UP and changed the tyre Jack up Increase sharply They have JACKED UP the price of oil this month Jam on Apply or operate something forcefully Jack JAMMED ON the brakes when the rabbit ran in front of his car Jaw away Talk just for the point of talking rather than having anything to say That shows that your interest is not in helping the student but in JAWING AWAY
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Jazz up Make something more interesting or attractive The show was getting stale so they JAZZED it UP with some new scenes Jerk around Cause someone trouble treat someone badly He was JERKING us AROUND and wouldnt give us the facts Jerk around Behave stupidly They were JERKING AROUND during the lecture Jerk off Waste time doing unimportant things You should get your work done and stop JERKING OFF Joke around Be funny or try to Hes always JOKING AROUND in class Jot down Make a quick note I JOTTED DOWN her number on a scrap of paper and I cant find it now Juice up Make something more exciting or perform better I need to buy some memory to JUICE my computer UP Jump at Accept eagerly Id JUMP AT the chance to go and live in Japan Jump in Enter a conversation He JUMPED IN and told them exactly what he thought Jump off Start quickly often well The IPO JUMPED OFF on the first day Jump on Criticize attack Everyone JUMPED ON me when I raised the issue Keel over Turn upside down The boat KEELED OVER in the storm and the crew drowned Keel over Surrender give in He was going to confront his boss but KEELED OVER and didnt mention the matter Keel over Fall to the ground The drunk KEELED OVER when trying to leave the pub Keep around Keep something near you I KEEP a dictionary AROUND when Im doing my homework Keep at Continue with something difficult She found the course hard but she KEPT AT it and completed it successfully Keep away Dont allow someone near something Medicines should always be KEPT AWAY from children Keep back Maintain a safe distance The police told the crowd to KEEP BACK from the fire Keep down Not vomit The food was so horrible that I struggled to KEEP it DOWN Keep from Control yourself refrain I couldnt KEEP FROM arguing with her Keep in Not allow someone out The teacher KEPT the students IN after school because they had misbehaved Keep off Not talk about She KEPT OFF the subject of her divorce Keep off Not tread on something KEEP OFF the grass in the park please Keep on Continue He KEPT ON trying and succeeded in the end
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Keep out Not allow someone to enter The police KEPT the demonstrators OUT of the building Keep to Stay within limits Please KEEP TO the path Keep up Not let someone go to bed My neighbours KEPT me UP till after 4 am with their loud music last night Keep up Maintain a continuous action persist First I phoned you and left a message that you should phone me then you phoned and I was out so you left a message then How long can we KEEP this UP without ever speaking to each other directly Keep up at Continue not quit Learning a language is difficult but if you KEEP UP AT it youll succeed in the end Keep up with Move at the same rate He walks too fast and its really hard to KEEP UP WITH him Keep up with Stay up to date Its hard to KEEP UP WITH all the latest improvements and breakthroughs in technology nowadays Key down Relax unwind I need to KEY DOWN before I go to bed Key in Enter numbers or information into a computer or electronic system It took me ages to KEY IN all the information into the database Key in on Focus attention on single out They KEYED IN ON the person they believed had done it Key on Target focus on sport We will KEY ON the opposing teams lack of skills on defense Key to Plan things to fit or suit people or situations Promotions are KEYED TO peoples abilities Key up Make someone excited or nervous The noise got us KEYED UP Kick about Discuss We KICKED the idea ABOUT at the meeting Kick around Discuss We KICKED the idea AROUND Kick around with Spend time with I used to KICK AROUND WITH them but havent seen them for a while Kick back Pay someone illegally as part of the price I had to KICK ten percent BACK to the government official to get the contract Kick back Resist They KICKED BACK when we suggested downsizing Kick back Relax Rather than go out tonight we plan to KICK BACK and watch television Kick down Break something with your feet The police KICKED the door DOWN Kick in When a drug starts to take effect Her hayfever didnt feel half as bad once the antihistamines had KICKED IN Kick in Break something with your feet They KICKED his head IN Kick in Contribute money Ill KICK IN for some of the beer if you
Learning English with easypacelearningcom will buy the pizza Kick in Start having an effect The budget cuts are starting to KICK IN and people are struggling Kick off Start a game of football The match KICKS OFF at three oclock Kick off Die He KICKED OFF last month when he had a massive heart attack Kick off When trouble starts The fight KICKED OFF when he insulted the guys girlfriend Kick off Argue protest and refuse to co-operate He started KICKING OFF big time when the police tried to arrest him Kick out Expel The family KICKED the au pair OUT when they found out that she was planning to move to work for another household Kick up Cause trouble or pain My back KICKS UP when it gets cold Kill off Reduce or exterminate a population by hunting pollution development etc There used to be a lot of wolves around here but most of them have been KILLED OFF Kip down Sleep away from your home often without planning to Its too late to get the train so can I KIP DOWN here tonight Kip down on Sleep on something other than a bed There were so many of us that we had to KIP DOWN ON the floor Kiss off Used to tell someone to go away He was bugging us so we told him to KISS OFF Kiss off Consider something to be unimportant or inferior He KISSED the criticism OFF Kiss up to Try to get into someones favour Hes a creep and is always KISSING UP TO the director Knock about Beat someone He KNOCKED his brother ABOUT after they argued Knock around Discuss casually We KNOCKED the idea AROUND a bit but decided not to bother Knock back Cost someone a lot of money Your holiday must have KNOCKED you BACK a bit Knock back Finish a drink quickly drink a lot of alcohol The pub was closing so we KNOCKED our drinks BACK and left Knock back Shock It really KNOCKED me BACK when I heard they had been killed Knock down Demolish They KNOCKED DOWN the old church and built a block of flats in its place Knock down Hit and injure someone The car KNOCKED her DOWN and she broke her arm Knock it off Stop doing something annoying The were making too much noise so I told them to KNOCK IT OFF Knock off Finish work for the day We KNOCKED OFF early on Friday to avoid the rush hour queues
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Knock off Reduce the price of something They KNOCKED ten pounds OFF when I asked for a discount Knock off Reduce the time required to do something The new road KNOCKS an hour OFF the journey Knock off Steal He KNOCKED it OFF and sold it Knock off Produce or create something quickly I KNOCKED the essay OFF in an hour Knock out Hit and make somebody unconscious The reigning middleweight champion KNOCKED OUT the challenger in the fourth round of the fight Knock out Sell distribute Theyre KNOCKING hundreds OUT a day in the sales Knock together Join houses that had been separate They KNOCKED TOGETHER two outbuilding and turned them into a home Knock up Become or get someone pregnant She got KNOCKED UP when she was on holiday Knock up Play a bit before a match to get ready The teams KNOCKED UP for a few minutes before the final Knock up Produce or create something quickly They KNOCKED a model UP over the weekend Knuckle down Make a great effort Ive got my exams next week and I havent done much work so Id better KNUCKLE DOWN Knuckle under Submit to authority The teacher made the students KNUCKLE UNDER and hand their projects in on time Land in Get someone into trouble He LANDED ME IN it when he told them what I had done wrong Land up in Arrive end a journey in a place often without planning We set out for Manchester but LANDED UP IN Liverpool Land with Create a problem for someone He LANDED ME WITH the job of proofreading the whole thing Lap up Appreciate something He LAPPED UP their praise Large it up Have a good time when intoxicated They were LARGING IT UP in the rave Lark about Behave in a silly way The children made me angry because they were LARKING ABOUT Lark around Behave in a silly way The students wouldnt stop LARKING AROUND Lark it up Enjoy yourself noisily and exuberantly After they won they went to a bar to L ARK IT UP Lash down Fall heavily rain The rain was LASHING DOWN all day and the roads were flooded Lash down Secure something with ropes or cords We LASHED the tarpaulin DOWN to stop the wind blowing it away Lash into Criticise someone strongly He LASHED INTO them for messing thins up Lash out Suddenly become violent He LASHED OUT and broke the mans
Learning English with easypacelearningcom nose Lash out React angrily He LASHES OUT when things dont go his way Lash out Spend a lot of money on luxuries I LASHED OUT in the sales last week Lash out against Criticise something strongly The press has LASHED OUT AGAINST the policy Lash out at Hit someone suddenly usually without warning or try to hit them He LASHED OUT AT me when I laughed at him Lash out at Criticise someone or shout at them She LASHED OUT AT her colleagues when she was sacked Lash out on Spend a lot of money buying something I LASHED OUT a lot ON a new car Latch on Understand often after a long time They were lying but it took her ages to LATCH ON Latch on to Understand something often after a long time The police didnt LATCH ON TO what the crooks were doing for years Latch onto Connect to something The gecko LATCHED ONTO the ceiling Latch onto Decide or realise that something is good or profitable Oil companies have LATCHED ONTO environmental ideas Laugh off Pretend something an injury news etc isnt important He LAUGHED OFF the sprained finger but it obviously affected his golf game Lay down Establish rules or procedures The rules of the sport were LAID DOWN early in the nineteenth century Lay down Kill murder He got LAID DOWN in a turf war about supplying drugs Lay into Criticise angrily His partner LAID INTO him when he arrived two hours late Lay off Make an employee redundant The hotel LAID OFF twenty staff because tourist numbers were down Lay on Organise supply They LAID ON a buffet lunch at the conference Lay out Spend money They LAID OUT thousands of pounds on their wedding reception Lead on Falsely or cruelly raise hopes She LED HIM ON about her desire to get married Lead to Result in The investigation LED TO the arrest of a number of suspects Leak out Become public knowledge The companys plans to close the factory LEAKED OUT and they were very embarrassed Lean on Put pressure on someone to get them to do what you want The government has denied LEANING ON the Attorney General to get his approval of the war Leap at Take an opportunity enthusiastically He LEAPED AT the chance to visit Leap on Show interest in or try to use something to your advantage They have LEAPT ON the bandwagon to increase sales Leap out at Be very noticeable Her face LEAPT OUT AT me the second
Learning English with easypacelearningcom I saw the photo Leap upon Show interest in or try to use something to your advantage They have LEAPT UPON a couple of errors in the document and want to invalidate the agreement Leave on Not turn off LEAVE the TV ON I want to hear the football results Leave out Not include He was LEFT OUT of the side because he hasnt been playing too well lately Let down Disappoint fail to keep an arrangement She failed to turn up and I felt badly LET DOWN Let down Make clothes longer Hes grown so much well have to LET his trousers DOWN Let in Allow someone to enter The doorstaff didnt LET him IN the nightclub because he was wearing jeans Let off Not punish The judge LET him OFF with a fine rather than a prison sentence since it was his first offence Let on Tell a secret I didnt mean to LET ON about the party I just said it without thinking Let out Allow to leave or go out The convict was LET OUT of prison after serving five years of an eight-year sentence Let out Make a sound He LET OUT a huge sigh of relief when he heard the results Let out Make clothes bigger Ive put on so much weight that Im going to have to LET my suits OUT Level off Stabilize the altitude of an airplane The pilot LEVELED OFF at 5000 meters Level out Stabilize the altitude of an airplane The pilot LEVELED OUT at 5000 meters Lie around Act in a lazy or unproductive way Most days he would usually just LIE AROUND the house Lie down Rest Im going to LIE DOWN for a few minutes before we have to go out Lie with Have the right to make a decision The decision about the contract LIES WITH the courts Lift off Leave the ground- rocket or spaceship 5-4-3-2-1- we have LIFT-OFF Light out Leave suddenly When Zeke found out they were coming for him he LIT OUT for the border Light up Light or start smoking a cigarette Asif LIT UP as soon as he got out of the building Light up Illuminate They LIGHT UP the streets at Christmas time Lighten up Be less serious I told them to LIGHTEN UP but they continued complaining about it Limber up Do some exercises to warm up before playing a sport or other physical activity The team LIMBERED UP for a few minutes before the game started
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Limber up for Prepare for something that will require a great effort They are LIMBERING UP FOR the end of the financial year Line up Arrange in a line The police got them to LINE UP against the wall Line up Arrange something in a line He LINED the bottles UP against the wall Line up Arrange events for someone We have LINED UP a lot of meetings for them Link up Connect join The train LINKS UP the cities Link up with Connect with someone or contact them We LINKED UP WITH the firm over the web Listen out for Listen for a particular noise or sound They put their coats on and LISTENED OUT FOR the minicab Listen up Pay attention often used as a command LISTEN UP men Here are your new assignments Live by Follow a belief system to guide your behaviour He tries hard to LIVE BY the Bible Live down Stop being embarrassed about something If I fail the test and everyone else passes Ill never be able to LIVE it DOWN Live for Believe something is extremely important He LIVES FOR football Live in Live in the place where you work or study The university has a residential halls where students can LIVE IN Live it up Have a good time by spending a lot of money Shes been LIVING IT UP like crazy since she won the lottery Live off Use money earned They find it hard to LIVE OFF the money they make Live off Be financially supported Hes 40 and he still LIVES OFF his parents Live on Use money for basic necessities They have to LIVE ON 200 a week Live on Not be forgotten Hes been dead for many years but his name LIVES ON Live out Stay somewhere until you die She LIVED OUT her final years in a nursing home Live out Fulfill an ambition or fantasy Many parents try to LIVE OUT their dreams through their children Live out Not live at the place where you study or work In my final year at university I LIVED OUT with some friends in a flat we rented Live through Experience different times It was hard to LIVE THROUGH the recession but we managed it Live together Have a relationship and live in the same place without marrying We LIVED TOGETHER for a few years before we got married Live up to Meet expectations or standards The concert didnt LIVE UP TO my expectations Live with Accept something unpleasant Its hard to LIVE WITH the pain of a serious illness
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Live with Have a relationship and live in the same place without marrying I LIVED WITH her for a couple of years before the relationship went sour Load down Burden I was LOADED DOWN with all the stuff I had to take there Load up Take illegal drugs Hes been LOADING UP for years Load up Fill a machine or vehicle We LOADED the car UP and left for our holiday Load up on Consume a lot of something for a particular purpose The athletes LOADED UP ON carbohydrates before the race Lock away Lock in a safe place He LOCKED the gun AWAY in a drawer Lock away Put someone in prison or a mental hospital for a very long time They LOCKED him AWAY for life after the murders Lock down Make very secure If you lock down your computer properly it is very difficult for people to access it Lock in Lock a place to stop someone leaving They LOCKED him IN the room until he had calmed down Lock in Commit someone in such a way that they cannot leave They are LOCKED IN now that they have paid their subscription Lock onto Find a target and head for it The missile LOCKED ONTO the plane and blew it out of the sky Lock out Close a workplace to stop workers entering The management LOCKED the staff OUT because they had turned down the pay offer Lock out Lock a place to stop someone getting in I lost my key and LOCKED myself OUT Lock up Close all doors windows etc She LOCKED UP after everyone had left and went home Lock up Lock something in a safe place I LOCKED my money UP in the safe Lock up Put in prison or a mental hospital They LOCKED him UP for burglary Lock yourself away Go somewhere away from people to study or work I LOCK MYSELF AWAY for a few weeks before exams Log in Enter a restricted area on a computer system I had forgotten my password and couldnt LOG IN Log into Enter a restricted area of a computer system I LOGGED INTO the staff intranet to check my email Log off Exit a computer system When shed finished working on the spreadsheet she LOGGED OFF and left the office Log on Enter a computer system He entered his password for the college intranet and LOGGED ON Log out Exit a computer system Danny closed the programs and LOGGED OUT when it was time to go home Look after Take care Their auntie LOOKED AFTER them while their mother was in hospital Look back Think about the past Old people often LOOK BACK on over
Learning English with easypacelearningcom their lives Look down on Have a low opinion of He LOOKS DOWN ON his colleagues because he thinks hes better than they are Look for Try to find Ive been LOOKING FOR all their hidden files but I cant find them anywhere Look forward to Wait for or anticipate something pleasant Im LOOKING FORWARD TO meeting you Look in Make a quick visit Ill LOOK IN on my way home Look in on Visit briefly to see if everythings all right Im going to LOOK IN ON grannie on the way home tonight as shes been a bit unwell recently Look into Research investigate Well LOOK INTO the problem and come back to you when we have the information Look on Watch something like a crime without helping The crowd just LOOKED ON as the old lady was mugged Look on as Consider regard I LOOK ON her AS a close friend Look out Be careful LOOK OUT youre going to drop that Look out for Take care of someone make sure someone is cared for She LOOKED OUT FOR her sister when she started school Look out for Keep alert and try to see We we told to LOOK OUT FOR any suspicious behaviour Look over Inspect They came to LOOK the house OVER with a view to buying it Look round Inspect a house We LOOKED ROUND the house and decided that we didnt like it enough to buy it Look through Read quickly I LOOKED THROUGH the article Look to Expect hope The company is LOOKING TO increase its sales in Asia Look up Consult a reference work dictionary phonebook etc for a specific piece of information I didnt know the correct spelling so I had to LOOK it UP in the dictionary Look up Improve The economy is LOOKING UP Look up Find trace an old friend I LOOKED him UP when I went back to Cambridge Look up to Respect Shes LOOKS UP TO her mother Look upon as Consider regard I LOOK UPON him AS a close friend Loosen up Become more relaxed or comfortable He was very shy at first but has LOOSENED UP and is more talkative now Lord it over Behave in a superior manner She loves to LORD IT OVER her
Learning English with easypacelearningcom employees Lose out Be at a disadvantage Many people LOST OUT when the new regulations were enforced Lose out on Not gain or have something advantageous Because I left the company I LOST OUT ON my bonus Lose out to Be less successful People without IT skills often LOSE OUT TO those with the skills Luck into Get something by chance We LUCKED INTO getting the answer Luck out Be very lucky I really LUCKED OUT when I met my partner Lust after Be attracted sexually He secretly LUSTS AFTER his friends wife Lust after Want something very much He LUSTS AFTER a Rolex Magic away Make something disappear quickly He MAGICKED the bill AWAY and paid for us all before I could get my wallet out Make after Chase The police MADE AFTER the stolen car Make away with Steal The thieves MADE AWAY WITH the painting Make do with Accept something less satisfactory because theres no alternative Theres no coffee so well have to MAKE DO WITH tea Make for Head in a certain direction We MADE FOR home when it started raining Make for Produce a result or situation The low quality of the service MADE FOR a lot of dissatisfaction Make into Change something into something else Many churches have been MADE INTO flats in recent years Make it Arrive or get a result I thought you werent coming so I was really pleased you MADE IT Make it up to Try to compensate for doing something wrong He tried to MAKE IT UP TO her but she wouldnt speak to him Make of Understand or have an opinion What do you MAKE OF your new boss Make off Leave somewhere in a hurry They MADE OFF when they heard the police siren Make off with Steal Thieves MADE OFF WITH over a million dollars in the robbery Make out Make a cheque payable to somebody Please MAKE the cheque OUT to RGM Productions Ltd Make out Pretend He MADE OUT that he was ill so that he didnt have to go to school Make out Progress How are your children MAKING OUT at the new school Make out Kiss and pet They were MAKING OUT at the party last night Make out Discern a small detail I can just MAKE OUT the outline of a flying saucer in this photo
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Make out Be able to see or hear something Can you MAKE OUT what shes saying Make out Understand someones nature or personality Hes strange I cant MAKE him OUT Make over Change appearance The beauty salon gave her a MAKEOVER before the party Make over Give money or possessions to someone in a legal way She MADE OVER her property to her children Make towards Head in the direction We MADE TOWARDS the centre Make up Stop being angry with someone They are always arguing but they MAKE UP again very quickly Make up Put on cosmetics She went to the bathroom to MAKE her face UP Make up Invent a story They MADE UP an excuse for being late Make up for Compensate I sent her a present to try to MAKE UP FOR my appalling behaviour Make up to Increase a sum received to a higher figure The charity collected 2451757 and the anonymous donor MADE the total UP TO 25000 Make with Give usually used as an imperative MAKE WITH the money you owe me Man down Behave without courage or conviction He MANNED DOWN and didnt come with us Man up Behave with courage or conviction She told her anonymous critics to MAN UP and speak publicly Mark down Give a student a lower grade for a particular reason Students who gave obviously rehearsed answers were MARKED DOWN while those who spoke naturally were rewarded accordingly Mark down Reduce the price of something Ill buy a lot more if you MARK them DOWN a bit Mark down as Consider someone or something to be of a certain group type etc I MARKED them DOWN AS conservatives but theyre very liberal Mark off Tick cross out or otherwise mark something to show that it has been dealt with I MARKED OFF the items on the list as I finished them Mark out Draw lines to enclose an area They MARKED OUT the pitch Mark out for Show promise for the future His dedication MARKED him OUT FOR great things Mark out from Stand out because of certain qualities Her speed MARKS her OUT FROM the rest of the group Mark up Increase the price of something They MARK the goods UP by 25 before they sell them Marry in Marry someone of the same ethnicity religion etc Many religions encourage their followers to MARRY IN Marry out Marry someone of a different ethnicity religion etc Her parents disowned her and refused to speak to her when she MARRIED OUT
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Mash up Crush something until it becomes a paste He MASHED UP some bananas for the dessert Mash up Mix sources of audio video or other computer sources She MASHED UP the songs into a single track Mash up Break or damage He MASHED UP my MP3 player and lost my files Max out Take something to the limit reach a limit She MAXED OUT her credit cards Measure against Evaluate or judge by comparison The work doesnt look good if you MEASURE it AGAINST what our competitors have done Measure off Measure something and mark the point where it ends or will be cut The tailor MEASURED OFF the material for my suit Measure off Mark a length on something to cut it He MEASURED OFF a metre of the silk Measure out Measure or weigh the amount needed He MEASURED OUT the flour for the bread Measure out Weigh or measure an exact amount She MEASURED OUT a hundred grammes of the powder Measure up Find the size of something The estate agent MEASURED UP all the rooms Measure up Be good enough meet the required standard She didnt MEASURE UP in her probationary period so we didnt extend her contract Measure up Be good enough They made her a director but she didnt MEASURE UP Measure up Find out the size of something They MEASURED UP the room Measure up to Be good enough or worthy of something I hope to MEASURE UP TO the confidence you have in me Meet with Have something happen to you They MET WITH some problems they hadnt anticipated Melt down Heat something solid especially metal until it becomes liquid They MELTED the gold statue DOWN and turned it into gold bars Mess about Not be serious not use something properly The children were MESSING ABOUT with the TV remote control and broke it Mess about Treat someone badly He is always MESSING me ABOUT and never does what he promises Mess about Have a sexual relationship outside marriage or a permanent relationship Hes not faithful- hes been MESSING ABOUT since they were married Mess about with Have a sexual relationship outside marriage or a permanent relationship Shes been MESSING ABOUT WITH another guy she knows from work Mess about with Try to improve something usually making things worse The computer was working fine until he started MESSING ABOUT WITH it Mess around Not be serious play with something I was MESSING AROUND on the internet because I couldnt be bothered to do any work Mess around Treat someone badly She is always MESSING me AROUND and never does what she promises
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Mess around Have a sexual relationship outside marriage or a permanent relationship Shes not faithful- shes been MESSING ABOUT since they got married Mess around with Have a sexual relationship outside marriage or a permanent relationship Hes been MESSING ABOUT WITH a woman he works with Mess around with Try to improve something usually making things worse The computer was working fine until they started MESSING ABOUT WITH it Mess over Treat someone badly They MESSED her OVER when she applied for the job Mess up Spoil or ruin They MESSED UP the discussions and the contract fell through Mess up Make something untidy or dirty They MESSED UP the room and left stuff all over the place Mess up Cause mental physical or emotional problems He took a lot of LSD and it really MESSED him UP Mess with Become involved in something damaging or dangerous Hes been MESSING WITH cocaine Mess with Annoy bother Dont MESS WITH me or there will be trouble Mess with Associate negative Hes been MESSING WITH some dangerous people Mess with Try to repair or improve usually unsuccessfully Shes been MESSING WITH it for hours and it still doesnt work Mete out Give people harsh punishments or treatment They METED OUT savage penalties to anyone who broke the law Mill around Walk around without going anywhere There were a lot of people MILLING AROUND waiting for the bus Miss out Not do something enjoyable or rewarding Itll be great youll be MISSING OUT if you dont come Miss out Not include Make sure you dont MISS anyone OUT when you call their names Miss out on Lose a chance fail to achieve Trudy MISSED OUT ON the promotion Mix up Confuse I always MIX those two sisters UP because they look so like each other Mix up Make something lively The DJ MIXED UP the night with some hard techno Mock up Make a model of something to show or test it They MOCKED UP an example to show us what they would look like Moggy off Leave moggie off is also used We MOGGIED OFF early Monkey around Not be serious The police officer told the drunks to stop MONKEYING AROUND and go home quietly Mooch about Spend time doing little or nothing I MOOCHED ABOUT the whole afternoon because I didnt feel like working Mooch around Spend time doing little or nothing I MOOCHED AROUND the house all day Mop up Resolve a problem He was left to MOP UP the mess after
Learning English with easypacelearningcom they resigned Mop up Kill or capture the last few enemy soldiers after a victory After the battle it took them a couple of weeks to MOP UP the remaining rebels Mop up Eat a sauce with bread to finish it The sauce was so delicious that I ordered some bread to MOP it UP Mop up Remove a liquid that has been spilt I used a cloth to MOP UP the coffee I had knocked over Mope about Move around being miserable She didnt get the job and has been MOPING ABOUT all afternoon Mope around Move around being miserable Hes been MOPING AROUND since his girlfriend left him Mount up Increase over time My debts MOUNTED UP while I was at university Mouth off Speak angrily about something I always get angry and start MOUTHING OFF when the news is on TV Move ahead Make progress often after a pause or delay The construction can MOVE AHEAD now that permisson has been granted Move along Tell someone to move from a place The police told the people watching to MOVE ALONG Move along Develop or progress in a reasonable or satisfactory manner The projects MOVING ALONG and everything should be ready on time Move away Leave the area where you have been living I MOVED AWAY when the factory shut down Move away from Stop doing or using something to change to something different Theyre MOVING AWAY FROM Windows and are using Linux Move down Move a student to a lower level He was finding the course too difficult so they MOVED him DOWN Move in Start living in a place The house was empty for ages but some new tenants MOVED IN a few weeks ago Move in on Approach often stealthily As he watched the hyenas began to MOVE IN ON the hapless wildebeest Move into Start living in a place They MOVED INTO the house as soon as it was ready Move on Change the subject or your job She MOVED ON to another company where the salary was considerably better Move on Make people move from a place The police MOVED the crowd ON because they were holding up the traffic Move out Leave a place you live or work in Shes tired of living there and is MOVING OUT Move out Remove The president said they would MOVE the troops OUT next year Move out Change lane or position to pass a vehicle I MOVED OUT to overtake the bus Move towards Make preparations for something The government are MOVING TOWARDS free elections Move up Move to make space Could you MOVE UP and let me sit down
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Move up Move to a higher level They MOVED her UP to senior management Muddle along Continue without a clear aim or plan If youre ambitious you cannot MUDDLE ALONG Muddle through Do or achieve something without knowing what is required or having a plan We didnt know what to expect and just MUDDLED THROUGH Muddle up Take things that are ordered or sequenced and mess them up My cleaner MUDDLED UP my books and I cant find anything Muddle up Mistake a person or thing for someone or something else because they look similar I MUDDLE her and her sister UP Mug up Study quickly revise I have to MUG UP before the exam Mug up on Study something quickly revise I need to MUG UP ON my history for the test Mull over Think about an issue or problem She said that shed had to MULL IT OVER before deciding what was Muscle in Become involved in something when your involvement is not wanted We tried to exclude him of the committee but he MUSCLED IN Muscle in on Become involved in something despite opposition to your involvement She MUSCLED IN ON the deal even though we wanted to do it without her Muscle into Become involved even though there is opposition to your involvement They are MUSCLING INTO our market and there is very little we can do to stop them Muscle out Use power contacts etc to force someone out They used their contacts in local government to MUSCLE the competitors OUT Naff off Get lost go away used as imperative He was making a fuss so I told him to NAFF OFF Nag at Repeatedly criticise someone verbally My boss is always NAGGING AT me about my arriving a few minutes late for work Nail down Succeed in getting achieve They are having trouble NAILING DOWN the contract Nail down Understand fully I cant NAIL DOWN whats wrong with their idea but Im sure it wont work Nail down Get full information from someone I cant NAIL them DOWN about when theyre going to finish the project Nail down Succeed or achieve something I NAILED the job DOWN in the first interview Name after Give someone a name to remember another person I was NAMED AFTER my uncle who died in the war Narrow down Remove less important options to make it easier to choose I am not sure which university to apply to but I have NARROWED my list DOWN to three Nerd out Play safe and avoid taking a risk Im going to NERD OUT and not go on the river trip Nerd out Discuss something in great detail I had to NERD OUT when they asked about conditionals and deontic modality
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Nip off Go somewhere quickly Im NIPPING OFF to get some milk Nip out Go somewhere quickly Shell be back in a minute- shes just NIPPED OUT to the shops Nod off Fall asleep I NODDED OFF during the speech Nod through Pass a law regulation etc without considering or debating it seriously Parliament NODDED the bill THROUGH Nose about Look for something hidden or secret The police are NOSING ABOUT to see if they can find anything against the gang Nose around Look around for evidence The boss keeps NOSING AROUND our office when we are out at lunch Nose out Find out discover- usually information secrets etc He NOSED OUT their plans Nose out Narrowly beat someone The other candidate NOSED him OUT by a few votes Note down Write something short like a phone number for future reference She NOTED DOWN my fax number so that she could send me the documents when she got to the office Nut out Find an answer to a problem The management and unions had a meeting to NUT things OUT Occur to Enter ones mind Didnt it OCCUR TO you to help me when you saw how much trouble I was in Open up Start to talk freely about something She hates to OPEN UP and discuss her feelings Open up Open a shop or business for the day They OPEN UP at seven in the morning Open up Allow goods into a market Before they joined the WTO they had to OPEN UP their markets Operate on Perform surgery She was OPERATED ON for eight hours Opt for Choose I OPTED FOR an endowment mortgage and lost a lot of money Opt in Choose to be part or a member of something If you want them to notify you of updates you have to OPT IN Opt into Choose to be a member or part of something I OPTED INTO the scheme Opt out Choose not to be part of something The UK OPTED OUT of a lot of EU legislation on working hours and conditions Owe to Be the reason for something She OWES her success TO hard work and determination Own up Confess Nobody OWNED UP to breaking the window Pack away Put something where it belongs I PACKED AWAY the suitcases in the loft after we had emptied them Pack in Stop doing something Im trying to PACK IN smoking Pack in End a relationship She PACKED her boyfriend IN Pack in Fill a venue They really PACK them IN at the club- it
Learning English with easypacelearningcom was so crowded it was impossible to move Pack in Break down stop working The photocopier has PACKED IN again Pack it in Stop doing something used as an imperative The kids were making a fuss so I told them to PACK IT IN Pack off Send someone away His boss PACKED him OFF to a regional office Pack out Fill a venue The stadium was PACKED OUT Pack up Stop doing something You should PACK UP smoking Pack up Finish work We had nothing left to do so we PACKED UP early Pack up Break down stop working My printer PACKED UP last night- Ill have to get a new one Pack up Collect things and put them where you keep them At the end of the presentation I PACKED UP my laptop Pad down Sleep somewhere for the night Im too tired to come home can I PAD DOWN here tonight Pad out Make a text longer by including extra content often content that isnt particularly relevant I couldnt think of much to write so I PADDED the essay OUT with a few lengthy quotes Pair off Begin a romantic relationship They PAIRED OFF shortly after starting university Pair off Introduce people hoping they will start a relationship I tried to PAIR him OFF with my sister Pair off Form pairs The class PAIRED OFF to practise the exam interviews Pair off with Form a pair with someone I PAIRED OFF WITH Trish for the test Pair up Form a pair We PAIRED UP for the last activity Pal about Be friendly and spend time with someone We used to PAL ABOUT when we were at school Pal around Be friendly and spend time with someone We PALLED AROUND at university Pal up Become friends We PALLED UP when I started working with her Palm off Get someone to accept something that isnt true He tried to PALM me OFF with a pathetic excuse Palm off Pretend something is better than it is in order to sell it He tried to PALM his computer OFF as the latest model Pan out The way a situation develops I dont know how things will PAN OUT now the companys been taken over Paper over Try to conceal a problem without really fixing it The government tried to PAPER OVER the problems in the proposal but the press were very critical Pare back If you pare something back you reduce the size or numbers They have had to PARE BACK the services they offer as their funding was reduced
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Pare down Reduce decrease They have PARED DOWN the number of employees as they havent been doing well Part with Give something away especially when you dont want to I found it very hard to PART WITH my old CDs when I digitized my collection Pass around Give out to everybody there The teacher PASSED the handout AROUND Pass as Be believed to be something Although not qualified he managed to PASS AS a doctor for years Pass away Die Sadly Georgias uncle PASSED AWAY yesterday after a short illness Pass back Return I felt awful when the teacher started to PASS BACK the exam papers Pass by Go past without stopping I was just PASSING BY when I saw the accident Pass by Visit briefly I was PASSING BY her house the other day when I heard about it Pass by Miss an opportunity The chance for promotion PASSED me BY Pass down Transmit information or give property to younger generations The tales were PASSED DOWN for centuries without changing ay of the words Pass for Be accepted as something usually when not Youd be surprised at what PASSES FOR good cooking in many restaurants Pass off Convince something that something is real I managed to PASS OFF the fake money in the market Pass off Happen in a certain way The demonstration PASSED OFF peacefully Pass on Give a message to someone Ill PASS the message ON when she gets here Pass on Decline an invitation or opportunity I think Ill PASS ON dinner tonight- Im not hungry Pass on Die Her husband PASSED ON last year Pass on to Change topic or subject Lets PASS ON TO the next item on the agenda Pass out Faint lose consciousness He got so drunk that he PASSED OUT Pass out Distribute The protesters PASSED OUT leaflets to the growing crowd Pass over Ignore someone and give a job reward etc to someone more junior They PASSED him OVER and made his assistant the new director Pass over Ignore refuse to discuss Lets PASS OVER what they said and get on Pass round Distribute give to people present They PASSED ROUND copies of the handbook Pass through Visit a place without stopping or only stopping briefly I didnt see much as I was only PASSING THROUGH the town Pass to Give ownership or responsibility to The shares PASSED TO his daughter
Learning English with easypacelearningcom someone when he died Pass to Become owner of or responsible for something The property will PASS TO her when they die Pass up Decline a chance She PASSED UP the opportunity to go to university because shed been offered a job Pat down Search or frisk someone The police PATTED them DOWN for weapons but found nothing Patch together Create or assemble something quickly without much planning They PATCHED TOGETHER a coalition after the election Patch up Fix or make things better I tried to PATCH things UP after the argument but they wouldnt speak to me Patch up Give an injured person basic medical treatment After the accident they PATCHED her UP and sent her to hospital Pay back Repay money borrowed I PAID BACK the twenty pounds Id borrowed Pay back Take revenge on Im going to PAY him BACK for that insult Pay down Pay a debt over time The British government cant PAY DOWN the national debt Pay for Purchase I PAID twenty pounds FOR the book Pay into Deposit money I PAID the cash INTO my account Pay off Completely repay a debt The mortgage will be PAID OFF in twenty-five years Pay off Produce a profitable or successful result Their patience PAID OFF when he finally showed up and signed the contract Peck at Eat very small amounts The food wasnt very nice so I PECKED AT it to look polite Peel away Leave a group by moving in a different direction Some of the crowd PEELED AWAY to get out of the crush Peel away from Leave a group by moving in a different direction They PEELED AWAY FROM the crowd and went down a side road Peel off Leave a group by moving in a different direction When the police blocked the road a few protesters PEELED OFF and left the march Peel off from Leave a group by moving in a different direction They PEELED OFF FROM the demonstration when the police arrived Peel out Accelerate rapidly from stationary Fearing the police he PEELED OUT in a cloud of tire smoke Peg away Keep working at something I PEGGED AWAY for weeks before my exams Peg down Fasten something to the ground We PEGGED the tent DOWN to stop the wind blowing it about Peg it Die After a long illness she finally PEGGED IT yesterday Peg out Put washing outside to dry I PEGGED the washing OUT after it stopped raining
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Peg out Die He PEGGED OUT last night from a heart attack Pencil in Make a provisional appointment Ill PENCIL Thursday night IN but if anything comes up give me a ring Pep up Make something more interesting You need to PEP your writing UP Pep up Make someone more enthusiastic energetic or interested Her talk PEPPED us UP Perk up Feel better or happier make someone feel better or happier She was ill in bed with flu but she PERKED UP a bit when some friends dropped by Peter out Lose impetus and stop Everyone was keen at first but the enthusiasm PETERED OUT when they saw how long it would take Phase in Introduce gradually They are PHASING IN the reforms over the next two years Phase out Remove gradually They have introduced a compact edition of the newspaper and are PHASING OUT the broadsheet edition over the next few months Pick at Eat unwillingly I wasnt very hungry so I just PICKED AT my food Pick at Criticise There were a few problems that could be PICKED AT but it was generally good Pick off Target individuals to change a group There were many rebels against the policy but the government PICKED OFF the leaders Pick on Bother annoy criticize or make fun of someone My friends always PICK ON me because I dont sing well Pick out Choose She PICKED OUT the ones she wanted to take and left the rest Pick out Identify from a picture The victim couldnt PICK OUT her attacker from the photos the police showed her Pick through Search something that is disordered for something The police have been PICKING THROUGH the wreckage for clues Pick up Improve Sales PICKED UP a bit during the Christmas period Pick up Learn quickly She PICKED UP Spanish in six months Pick up Collect While youre in town can you PICK UP my trousers from the Dry Cleaner Pick up Receive a broadcast When we rent a holiday cottage in Cornwall we cant PICK UP Channel 5 Pick up Collect a person This differs from the collect a thing meaning - as that means collect and bring back whereas this means either i collect and drop off on your way or ii collect and bring to the i Can you PICK me UP and take me to The George when you go to the partyii Can you PICK UP some friends of mine on your way to the party Theyre going too
Learning English with easypacelearningcom same destination Pick up after Tidy a mess someone else has made I always have to PICK UP AFTER him because he leaves things all over the office Pick up on Correct someone when they say something wrong My teacher PICKS UP ON any mistake I make and corrects me Pick up on Notice something that most people dont Hes very quick to PICK UP ON new trends Pick up on React to something The government has PICKED UP ON the reports in the media Pick up on Comment on something said earlier in a conversation Id like to PICK UP ON the point that Jill made Pick yourself up Recover from a fall or problem It took him a long time to PICK HIMSELF UP after his wife left him Pig off Used to tell someone to get lost or leave you alone He told them to PIG OFF and leave him in peace Pig out Eat a lot The food was great so I really PIGGED OUT Pile in Enter a place quickly in a disorganised way The coach stopped and we all PILED IN Pile into Enter a place quickly in a disorganised way We PILED INTO the shop when it opened Pile on Add or give more or something Works crazy- they keep PILING ON the pressure Pile on Exaggerate or talk in a way to affect someones feelings It wasnt very serious but they PILED ON the guilt Pile out Leave a place quickly in a disorganised way The train eventually arrived and we all PILED OUT Pile up Accumulate Work just keeps on PILING UP and I really cant manage to get it all done Pile up Accumulate in a pile or heap The ironings PILING UP as I hate doing it Pin down Get a fixed idea opinion etc from someone Ive asked him to set a date but hes a hard man to PIN DOWN and wont give a definite answer Pin down Discover exact details about something The government cant PIN DOWN where the leak came from Pin on Attach the blame to someone The police tried to PIN the crime ON him Pin up Fix something to a wall or other vertical surface with a pin I PINNED the notice UP on the board Pine away Suffer physically because of grief stress worry etc Hes been PINING AWAY since his wife died and is a shadow of his former self Pipe down Be quiet often as an imperative The lecturer asked the students to PIPE DOWN and pay attention Pipe up To speak raise your voice At first no one answered then finally someone PIPED UP
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Pit against Compete or force to compete The war PITTED neighbour AGAINST neighbour Pit out Go into the pits car racing He PITTED OUT in the twentieth lap Pitch for Try to persuade someone to give your work business a job etc He PITCHED FOR the job but they gave it to someone else Pitch in Work together to help achieve an objective We were behind schedule but the others PITCHED IN and we got it done in time Pitch into Criticise severely or attack someone The shareholders PITCHED INTO the management about their pay rises at the meeting Plant out Put a young plant that has been grown in a pot or greenhouse into the ground They need to be PLANTED OUT in the spring Plate up Put food onto a plate to serve PLATE UP and drizzle with salsa verde Play along Pretend to agree or accept something in order to keep someone happy or to get more information I disagreed with the idea but I had to PLAY ALONG because everyone else liked it Play around Be silly The children were PLAYING AROUND and being annoying Play around Be sexually promiscuous or unfaithful I PLAYED AROUND a lot at college Play at Pretend to be something He just PLAYS AT being a lawyer- he never wins a case Play away Be sexually unfaithful when away from home He travels abroad a lot and his wife thinks he PLAYS AWAY Play back Listen to or watch something youve recorded We PLAYED the recording BACK to see if it was OK Play down Try to make something seem less important The Government has tried to PLAY DOWN the importance of the ministers resignation Play off Play a game to decide who the winner is As both teams had the same points they PLAYED OFF to decide the winner Play off Make people compete against each other so that you benefit He PLAYED them OFF against each other to get the best deal Play on Continue playing a sport though there might be a reason to stop It looked like a foul but the referee told them to PLAY ON Play on Continue playing music The band PLAYED ON for another hour Play on Exploit a weakness They are just PLAYING ON our fears to get us to do what they want Play on Pun The advert PLAYS ON the slogan Play out Progress often till it finishes Lets see how things PLAY OUT Play out Pretend that something is real and reduce its effect Computer games allow people to PLAY OUT their violent urges Play out Play something to the end Rain stopped them PLAYING the game OUT Play out Unwind eg fishing line When he hooked the swordfish his line rapidly PLAYED OUT Play up Behave badly The children PLAYED UP all evening
Learning English with easypacelearningcom and drove the babysitter mad Play up to Flatter someone Im PLAYING UP TO my boss at the moment because I want the promotion Play up to Behave in a way expected Hes got a reputation for being trouble and PLAYS UP TO it Play upon Exploit a weakness They are PLAYING UPON peoples concerns to get their way Play with Touch and move something to occupy your hands He cant stop PLAYING WITH his beard Play with Not eat much of a meal I wasnt hungry so I just PLAYED WITH the food Play with Consider something but not seriously We PLAYED WITH the idea but decided against it Plead out Plead guilty to get a reduced sentence or fine The CEO PLEADED OUT and blamed the CFO for the fraud Plough back Re-invest money you have made into a business We PLOUGHED BACK all the profits to grow the company Plough into Collide into at speed The bus skidded and PLOUGHED INTO the bus stop Plough on Continue doing something you dont want to It was really boring but we PLOUGHED ON Plough through Eat a big meal We PLOUGHED THROUGH all seven courses Plough through Read something that is difficult or takes a lot of time It took me ages to PLOUGH THROUGH Ulysses Plough through Move through somewhere where there is little space or there are obstacles The boat had to PLOUGH THROUGH the ice Plough up Break the surface of soil The tractor PLOUGHED UP the field so they could sow the seed Plow back Re-invest money you have made into a business We PLOWED BACK all the profits to grow the company Plow into Collide into at speed The bus skidded and PLOWED INTO the bus stop Plow on Continue doing something you dont want to It was really boring but we PLOWD ON Plow through Eat a big meal We PLOWED THROUGH all eight courses Plow through Read something that is difficult or takes a lot of time It takes me ages to PLOW THROUGH any of Henry James novels Plow through Move through somewhere where there is little space or there are obstacles The police car had to PLOW THROUGH the crowd Plow up Break the surface of soil The tractor PLOWED UP the field so they could sow the crop Pluck at Pull or fiddle with something nervously He was PLUCKING AT his cuffs during the interview Pluck up Muster acquire gather They PLUCKED UP the courage to complain
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Plug in Connect machines to the electricity supply He PLUGGED the TV IN and turned it on full blast Plump down Put something in a place without taking care He PLUMPED his bag DOWN and kicked his shoes off Plump for Choose I PLUMPED FOR the steak frites Plump up Make something like a cushion bigger and softer by shaking it I PLUMPED UP the pillow and lay down Plump yourself down Sit down heavily She PLUMPED HERSELF DOWN next to me and started asking me what had happened Point out Make someone aware of something He POINTED OUT that I only had two weeks to get the whole thing finished Poke about Move things around or search in a casual way to try to find something I POKED ABOUT in my CD collection to see if I could find it Poke around Move things around or search in a casual way to try to find something I POKED AROUND in my desk to see if the letter was there Polish off Finish consume She POLISHES OFF half a bottle of gin every night Polish up Improve something quickly I need to POLISH UP my French before I go to Paris Pony up Pay for something I had to PONY fifty dollars UP for the meal Poop out Get too tired to do something I was going to write my essay but I POOPED OUT and went to bed instead Poop out on Fail to keep an appointment We were supposed to meet yesterday but she POOPED OUT ON me at the last minute Pootle along Travel in a leisurely way We were POOTLING ALONG at thirty miles an hour Pop in Visit for a short time He POPPED IN for a coffee on his way home Pop off Talk loudly complain Hes always POPPING OFF when things dont suit him Pop off Go out for a short time Hes just POPPED OFF for a break but should be back in a few minutes Pop out Go out for a short time Im just POPPING OUT to the shops Do you need anything while Im out Pop up Appear like windows and boxes opening on a computer screen The dialogue box POPPED UP up when I pressed Enter Pop up Appear unexpectedly Im going to have to work late tonight because something has POPPED UP Pore over Read look at or study carefully She PORED OVER the report looking for mistakes Potter about Spend time doing little things for pleasure On Saturday mornings I POTTER ABOUT the garden if the weathers fine Potter around Spend some time doing little things for pleasure I POTTERED AROUND sorting out my CDS and a few other things
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Pour down Rain hard It POURED DOWN all day so we had to remain indoors Pour forth Emerge from a place in large numbers Useless statistics POUR FORTH from him Power down Cut the electricity supply to a computer or electronic device I POWERED DOWN my computer and went for lunch Power off Cut the electricity to a computer or device to turn it off You mustnt POWER it OFF while it is updating Power up Turn a computer or electronic device on so that it is ready to use I POWERED UP my laptop and started work Prattle on Talk too much Geoff just PRATTLED ON instead of giving a straight answer Press ahead Continue with something They PRESSED AHEAD with the elections despite the violence Press for Apply pressure to get permission or to obtain something The workers are PRESSING FOR better pay and conditions Press forward with Continue or go ahead with a project process plan etc The government are PRESSING FORWARD WITH the new law Press into Bring or force into use When the line was breached reserve troops were PRESSED INTO service Press on Continue with something We PRESSED ON to get to our destination before night fell Press upon Pressure someone to accept something offered The invitations were PRESSED UPON us and it was hard to say no Prey on Catch and kill an animal for food Spiders PREY ON insects Prey on Exploit or harm They PREY ON older people Prey upon Catch and kill an animal for food Cats PREY UPON birds and mice Prey upon Exploit or harm They PREY UPON peoples fears about immigration Price in Include the affects of possible future events when assessing the value of something Speculators have PRICED IN the risk of a war breaking out Price up Charge more for something In rural areas where they have a monopoly some garages PRICE UP fuel because theres nowhere else to buy it Print out Make a hard copy of a computer document He PRINTED OUT the letter and checked through it carefully Prop up Support something both physically and financially politically etc The council have PROPPED UP the museum for years with grants Psych out Work out or anticipate someones intentions We have to try to PSYCH OUT our rivals Psych out Make someone less confident Boxers try to PSYCH their opponents OUT before the fight to gain an advantage Psych up Prepare someone mentally I PSYCHED myself UP for the exam
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Pucker up Move your lips into position to receive a kiss She PUCKERED UP when he leant forwards to kiss her Pull ahead Overtake move in front The lorry was going slowly but we managed to PULL AHEAD Pull apart Destroy an argument theory etc My tutor PULLED my essay APART Pull apart Stop people or animals fighting A fight broke out in the pub and it was hard to PULL the people involved APART Pull apart Make someone unhappy or upset It PULLED me APART to see them arguing so much Pull away When a vehicle moves from a place The car PULLED AWAY from the lights at high speed Pull back Score a goal or point when losing They were two-nil down until five minutes before the end when they PULLED BACK a goal Pull back Move away from a place especially when talking about soldiers They have PULLED the troops BACK from the front line Pull back Move away from someone She PULLED BACK when he tried to kiss her Pull back Decide not to do something or not to be involved with it any longer They PULLED BACK from the deal Pull down Demolish They PULLED the old cinema DOWN to build a new shopping mall Pull down Make someone depressed Losing her job PULLED her DOWN Pull down Earn Hes PULLING DOWN a fortune Pull for Support Who will you be PULLING FOR in the final Pull in When a train arrives at a station The train PULLED IN and we rushed to meet her as she got off Pull in Attract Their last tour PULLED IN millions of fans Pull in Stop a car by the side of the road I PULLED IN to let the passengers out Pull in Areest or take someone to a police station for questioning The police PULLED them IN after the trouble Pull off Manage to do something difficult or tricky No-one thought that she would be able to do it but she PULLED it OFF in the end Pull off Start moving vehicles When the lights turned green the car PULLED OFF Pull on Put clothes on I PULLED ON a jumper when the sun went in Pull out Start moving train The train was PULLING OUT when I got there Pull out Move into traffic The traffic was so bad that it took me ages to PULL OUT Pull out Withdraw The project was going badly and they decided to PULL OUT
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Pull out Remove soldiers from an area People want the government to PULL the troops OUT Pull over Stop by the side of the road The police PULLED the car OVER Pull over Make a vehicle stop The police PULLED the car OVER and tested the driver for alcohol Pull through Recover from and illness or problem At one stage it looked as if she was going to die but she PULLED THROUGH in the end Pull to Close a door or window that has been left open Could you PULL the door TO please Pull together Work together as a team If we all PULL TOGETHER well have it finished in no time Pull up Slow and stop a car The cab PULLED UP outside my house and I got out Pull up Inform someone that they are wrong He PULLED me UP because I had got my facts wrong Pull yourself together Become calm or regain control of your emotions He was so angry that he couldnt PULL HIMSELF TOGETHER Push in Get in a queue without waiting She just PUSHED IN the queue in front of me at the supermarket checkout Put across Communicate convey a message He found it difficult to PUT ACROSS what he wanted to say at the meeting Put away Put something back in the correct place He PUT the dictionary BACK on the shelf after hed finished the crossword Put away Put someone in prison The judge PUT him AWAY for ten years for robbery Put back Rearrange something for a later time The AGM has been PUT BACK until July the seventeenth Put by Save for the future I try to PUT some money BY every month towards our summer holiday Put down Kill an animal because its old ill etc He had his dog PUT DOWN because it was in a lot of pain from its tumours Put down Stop holding but withdraw support gently PUT the gun DOWN slowly and keep your hands where I can see them Put down for Commit to make a payment PUT me DOWN FOR 50p per mile Put down to Give as an explanation He didnt score many but we can PUT that DOWN TO inexperience Put in Install They had to PUT IN a whole new central heating system because the house was so cold Put in for Make a request He PUT IN FOR a transfer to the new branch Put off Postpone The concerts been PUT OFF until next month because the singers got a throat infection
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Put off Stop liking something or somebody I was really PUT OFF by the way he eats with his mouth open Put on Get fat Hes PUT ON a lot of weight since he gave up smoking Put on Deceive lie I am not PUTTING you ON Put on Start wearing I PUT my coat ON before we went out Put out Broadcast Several charities PUT OUT an appeal on TV for money for the victims of the flooding in Mozambique Put out Disturb or trouble someone Would it be PUTTING you OUT greatly if I asked to change to another day Put out Extinguish a cigarette fire etc He PUT OUT his cigarette before entering the building Put over Successfully execute a scam trick etc They PUT OVER a clever practical joke on us Put through Connect someone by phone Could you PUT me THROUGH to extension 259 please Put towards Make a financial contribution She PUT 250 TOWARDS the cost of the repairs and we had to pay the rest Put up Allow someone to stay at your house for a night or a few days She PUT me UP for the night because Id missed the last bus and there were no night buses running Put up Increase prices taxes duties etc The government has PUT tuition fees for undergraduate students UP again Put up Show skill or determination in a contest competition fight etc They PUT UP a great fight but lost Put up to Encourage someone to do something His friends PUT him UP TO stealing it Put up with Tolerate I cant PUT UP WITH my neighbours noise any longer its driving me mad Quarrel out Argue with someone about a specific subject The girls mother was QUARRELING OUT with her daughter about the party Quarrel with Dispute or disagree with something I am not QUARRELLING WITH their idea but I think there are other possibilities Queer up Mess up ruin I QUEERED the exam UP Quieten down Fall silent The audience QUIETENED DOWN when the lights were switched off in the auditorium and the play was ready to begin Quit on Stop working associating or being friends with someone especially when they need support They QUIT ON me just when things got rough Quit on Stop working or functioning My phone has QUIT ON me- can I borrow yours Race off Hurry away leave somewhere quickly They RACED OFF when the police arrived
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Rack off Used to tell someone to go away because theyre annoying you He told her to RACK OFF Rack out Sleep take a nap Im tired- Im going to RACK OUT Rack up Acquire a lot of something Hes RACKED UP a number of convictions for speeding Rack up Damage They RACKED UP the car in an accident Rain down on Fall in large numbers Bombs RAINED DOWN ON the city all night Rain off Be postponed or stopped by rain usually passive The match was RAINED OFF Rain out Be postponed or stopped by rain usually passive The game was RAINED OUT Rake in Earn make money easily Shes RAKING IN thousands a day Rake it in Make a lot of money Its the only shop in the area and theyre RAKING IT IN Rake off Cheat someone by charging them too much They RAKE tourists OFF all the time Rake over Talk think etc about something negative in the past They keep RAKING OVER the rows we had last year Rake up Bring something back to peoples attention The press have RAKED UP some scandals from her past Ramble on Talk at length without getting to the point Quit RAMBLING ON- Im tired of listening to you Ramp up Increase price speed or power of something The company has RAMPED its prices UP because of higher oil prices Rap out Say something firmly and loudly She RAPPED OUT the command Rat on Inform authorities about someones wrongdoings She RATTED ON her neighbours to the police because they were smuggling alcohol from France Rat on Fail to keep a promise He always RATS ON his promises Rat out Inform the authorities about someone He RATTED me OUT to the police Rat through Look for something hurriedly I RATTED THROUGH the papers on my desk but couldnt find the letter Ratchet up Increase The media are trying to RATCHET UP the pressure on the president Rattle off Quote figures rapidly She RATTLED OFF loads of statistics which nobody could understand Reach out Stretch your arm to get something I REACHED OUT and caught the ball Reach out for Try to achieve something difficult They are REACHING OUT FOR major economic reforms Reach out to Ask for help I REACHED OUT TO you when I was in trouble and you were a great help Reach out to Offer help Charities are REACHING OUT TO those who lost their homes in the floods Reach out Try to communicate and establish good The candidates are REACHING OUT TO
Learning English with easypacelearningcom to relations with people the poor to get their votes Read off Read a list aloud for someone to write down I READ OFF the figures and she wrote them down in her notebook Read out Read aloud rather than silently The teacher READ OUT the names of the students whod passed Read up on Research Ive been READING UP ON Japan as Im going to live there next year Reason out Come to a conclusion or solution after some thought He REASONED OUT the answer to the math problem Reckon on The minimum expected Jeff says we can RECKON ON there being at least fifty people there tonight Reel in Catch a fish on a line and pull the line to land He REELED IN a ten-pound salmon Reel in Attract people especially customers to get them to do what you want them to They hope the discounts will REEL people IN Reel off Quote statistics or facts rapidly The minister REELED OFF a load of figures to support her position Reel off Score a lot of points or win a lot of games one after the other They REELED OFF five victories and became the champions Reel out Unwind I REELED OUT the hose and watered the lawn Rein in Control someone or something to stop them causing more trouble They had to REIN the minister IN after her dreadful performance on TV Rent out Let grant a service or allow usage for a fee They RENTED their house OUT while the were abroad Ride off Go away on a bike horse etc She got on her motorbike and RODE OFF Ride on Depend on His reputation is RIDING ON this deal working out Ride out Survive a difficult time They managed to RIDE OUT the recession Ride up Move higher on the body of clothes Her skirt RODE UP when she sat down Ring back Return a phonecall I phoned and left a message this morning but she still hasnt RUNG me BACK Ring in Telephone to inform or confirm something I RANG IN and told them I would be late Ring off Finish a phone conversation Dave RANG OFF guiltily when he saw his boss coming Ring out Make a sudden loud sound Two shots RANG OUT and then we heard a scream Ring round Telephone a number of people usually to try to get some information I RANG ROUND to see if anyone knew where shed gone Ring up Telephone Helen RANG me UP earlier Ring up Achieve an amount or number They RANG UP several victories Ring up Enter figures into a till or cash register They RANG UP the bill for the groceries Ring with When a place is full of a loud sound The room RANG WITH their laughter
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Rip off Charge excessively or obtain money unfairly Tourists get RIPPED OFF a lot when they dont speak the language Roll back Retreat The army ROLLED BACK when they came under attack Roll back Reduce or remove The government want to ROLL BACK the freedom of the press Roll by Pass time The years ROLLED BY Roll in Arrive somewhere especially if late They ROLLED IN very drunk at three oclock in the morning Roll in Arrive in large numbers for military vehicles The tanks ROLLED IN and took control of the capital city Roll on When something continues to happen The competition ROLLED ON despite the administrative problems Roll on Said when you cant wait for something nice in the future Roll on Friday Its been a dreadful week Roll out Launch or introduce a new product initiative etc The company ROLLED OUT its takeover plans last week Roll up To appear in large numbers for an event Thousands ROLLED UP to see the stars at the film premiere Roll up An imperative used to attract people to a public event Roll up Come and see the circus tonight Romp in Win easily In the first race the favourite ROMPED IN Romp through Do something easily or quickly We ROMPED THROUGH the tasks because they were so simple Room in To keep a mother and baby together after the birth Nowadays most hospitals have a policy of ROOMING IN mothers and their babies Root about Look in a place to try to find something He ROOTED ABOUT in his briefcase trying to find a pen Root around Look in a place to try to find something I ROOTED AROUND my flat trying to find the letter Root for Support Everyone was ROOTING FOR Arsenal to win the Champions League Root out Look for and find The police ROOTED OUT the informer Root out Find the source of a problem and remove it They are trying to ROOT OUT the troublemakers Root up Dig a plant out of the ground He ROOTED UP the plants and replanted them Rope in Get somebody to help The teacher ROPED her students IN to carry her stuff when she had to change classroom Rope into Get someone to help or become involved usually when they dont want to I got ROPED INTO helping them set the stall up Rope off Extend ropes or barriers across or around an area The celebrity entrance was ROPED OFF from the general public Rough up Assault The mugger ROUGHED him UP when
Learning English with easypacelearningcom he refused to hand his wallet over Round off Finish something in a satisfactory manner Winning the FA Cup ROUNDED OFF a wonderful season for Arsenal Row back Retreat from a position The prime minister refused to ROW BACK and lost the vote Rub along Have a reasonably good relationship Theyre not friends but we RUB ALONG Rub down Dry or clean something with a cloth She RUBBED the horse DOWN with a towel after riding it Rub down Massage or rub someone to help them relax The trainer RUBBED her DOWN after the race Rub in Apply a substance like cream or ointment and rub it until it is absorbed He applied the steroid cream and RUBBED it IN Rub it in Emphasise how bad a situation is to make someone feel worse Even though the minister had resigned the press RUBBED IT IN by publishing more details of the scandal Rub off on Pass a quality or characteristic to people His enthusiasm RUBS OFF ON everyone around him Rub out Delete ink or pencil with an eraser He RUBBED OUT the figure and wrote the correct one in Rub out Kill The gangsters RUBBED him OUT for stealing from them Rub up against Touch someone in a sensual or sexual way The cat RUBBED UP AGAINST my leg purring Rub up on Revise I need to RUB UP ON my Portuguese before I go to Brazil Rule out Exclude a possibility The police have RULED OUT suicide and are treating it as a case of murder Run across Meet or find accidentally I RAN ACROSS an old friend in the library Run after Chase pursue The police RAN AFTER the guy whod stolen it but he was too fast for them Run after Try to become romantically involved with someone He was RUNNING AFTER her for ages never managed to get a date Run against Oppose make difficulties Opinion is RUNNING AGAINST his policies and he has very little support Run along Go away leave often as an imperative They kept disturbing him so he told them to RUN ALONG and leave him in peace Run around Be very busy doing many things Im exhausted- Ive been RUNNING AROUND all day Run away Escape from people chasing you He RAN AWAY from his attackers Run away Leave home because of problems with other family members or to elope She RAN AWAY to avoid a forced marriage Run down Hit a pedestrian with a vehicle The minicab RAN him DOWN on the zebra crossing Run down Lose energy or power You should only recharge the battery when it has fully RUN DOWN
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Run down Criticise disparage Theyre always RUNNING me DOWN and I am sick and tired of it Run down Find the source or origin of something The police RAN DOWN all the leads they had and caught them Run for Campaign for a position Shes thinking about RUNNING FOR the presidency Run in Arrest take to police station for questioning They RAN him IN last night Run in Drive a new car carefully in order not to damage the engine She RAN the car IN for a thousand miles Run in Pay a casual visit We RAN IN and chatted for an hour Run in Insert He RAN a graph IN next to the text Run into Cost The project has RUN INTO millions of dollars without any prospect of a return on this investment Run into Meet by accident I RAN INTO James in a bar in the City on Friday Run off Make photocopies Could you RUN OFF two hundred copies of this report please Run on Be powered by The van RUNS ON diesel Run out of Have none left Weve RUN OUT OF sugar Im going to the shops for some Run over Explain quickly Could you RUN OVER that point again Im afraid I didnt quite understand it Run over Hit with a vehicle The driver couldnt stop in time and RAN the fox OVER when it ran in front of his car Run over Exceed a time limit The meeting RAN OVER by twenty minutes Run through Practise a dramatic work like a play quickly The cast RAN THROUGH the play the day before it opened to the public Run through Stab or wound deeply with a knife sword etc The musketeer RAN his enemy THROUGH with a sword and killed him Run to Go to someone for help Whenever he gets into debt he RUNS TO his parents for help Run to Include in things you like His musical tastes RUN TO the Residents who are hated by most people Run to Have enough money to buy something often negative Things are a bit tight and wont RUN TO going abroad for a holiday Run up Move quickly to where someone is He RAN UP next to me and started shouting Run up Hoist raise a flag They RAN UP the Union Jack Run up Do or make something very quickly He RAN UP a few examples for them to look at Run up Spend a lot of money on credit He RAN UP a lot of bills at the hotel Run up Encounter problems often unexpected They RAN UP AGAINST a lot of
Learning English with easypacelearningcom against opposition to the construction Run up on Approach someone without their knowing Robert was sitting in his car and a guy RAN UP ON him and shot through the car but missed Run with Keep company normally bad She RUNS WITH some dodgy characters Rush away Leave a place in a hurry They RUSHED AWAY when the police arrived Rush into Do something too quickly They dont want to be RUSHED INTO giving an answer and have asked for more time Rush off Depart in a hurry Zac RUSHED OFF to get to his medical appointment Rush out Release or put something on sale quickly They RUSHED the single OUT after it started getting airplay Rustle up Make something quickly without much preparation We RUSTLED UP dinner from what was in the fridge Saddle up Put a saddle on and prepare an animal to ride She SADDLED UP the horse and rode off Saddle with Give someone a task or responsibility that is difficult or hard work They SADDLED me WITH preparing the visit Sag off Not go to school or work or leave early when you shouldnt I was bored so I SAGGED OFF work early and went home Sail into Criticise angrily He SAILED INTO me for turning up an hour late Sail through Pass easily succeed He SAILED THROUGH the final test Sally forth Leave somewhere safe or comfortable The townspeople SALLIED FORTH to fight the invading army Sally out Leave somewhere safe or comfortable Though it was pouring with rain we SALLIED OUT to meet her Salt away Save money Shes making a lot of money but SALTS it AWAY rather than spending it Save on Reduce or avoid consumption to cut costs I use Skype to SAVE ON my phone bills Save up For money for a particular purpose Hes SAVING UP to buy a car Save up Collect or store something for future use Im SAVING UP the receipts to claim on them all at once Saw off To remove something by cutting it with a saw He SAWED OFF the legs of the chair Saw up Cut into pieces with a saw We SAWED the plank UP to make the shelves Scale back Make something smaller than originally planned They had to SCALE BACK the project because of the costs Scale down Make something smaller than originally planned They have had to SCALE DOWN the project because of the costs Scale up Increase make bigger They are SCALING UP the programme because it has been so successful
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Scare away Frighten someone some much that they go away The cat SCARED the birds AWAY Scare off Make someone so frightened that he or she away The vicious Doberman guard-dog SCARED the burglars AWAY Scout about Look in different places for something The company is SCOUTING ABOUT for new staff Scout around Look in different places for something We SCOUTED AROUND to find the best price Scout out Search for something The researcher spent months SCOUTING OUT the answer Scout round Look in different places for something I SCOUTED ROUND for a bargain Scout up Try to find someone for a task or requirement Wed better SCOUT UP a replacement for her Scrape along Manage with little money Ive been SCRAPING ALONG on temporary work since I lost my job Scrape by Just manage to pass something I thought I was going to fail but SCRAPED BY with 51 Scrape in Just get enough to succeed pass or be accepted The government SCRAPED IN with 51 of the votes cast Scrape into Be accepted somewhere but only just She got mediocre grades and just SCRAPED INTO university Scrape through Pass a test but only just I did no revision and only just SCRAPED THROUGH the final exams Scrape together Manage to collect enough of something you need usually money I had to search my flat for money to SCRAPE TOGETHER what I needed Scrape up Manage to collect enough of something you need usually money It took me ages to SCRAPE UP the money for the tickets Screen off Separate a part of a room with something like a curtain screen etc We SCREENED OFF the area where we had the discussion from the rest of the meeting Screen out Exclude Applicants without the right qualifications were SCREENED OUT Screen out Block light The sun cream SCREENS OUT UV light Screen out Stop noticing something There are so many notices and signs that I have started SCREENING them OUT Screw around Waste time He spent the afternoon SCREWING AROUD and got nothing done Screw around Be sexually promiscuous He SCREWED AROUND a lot at university Screw over Treat harshly or cheat The IRS really SCREWED him OVER Screw up Do badly or fail David SCREWED UP his oral exam but still managed to scrape a pass See about Arrange consider Ill SEE ABOUT whether we can manage it See into Accompany someone into an office Her secretary SAW me INTO her office See off Chase somebody or something away A cat came into the back garden but the
Learning English with easypacelearningcom dog soon SAW it OFF See off Go to the airport station etc to say goodbye to someone I went to the station to SEE them OFF See out Accompany a guest to your front door when they are leaving your house Are you sure youre going Ill get your coats and SEE you OUT See through Continue with something to the end They had a lot of difficulties in implementing the project but the team SAW it THROUGH successfully See through Realise someone is lying or being deceitful The police quickly SAW THROUGH her disguise and arrested her See to Deal with something He SAW TO the arrangements and everything ran smoothly and efficiently Sell off Sell a business or part of it They SOLD OFF their research subsidiary Sell off Sell something cheaply because you need the money or dont need it She SOLD OFF her furniture before she emigrated Sell on Convince someone We managed to SELL him ON the expansion plans Sell on Buy something then sell it to someone else We buy them wholesale and SELL them ON to the public Sell out Have no more of something left because it has been bought The tickets for the Primal Scream concert at the Brixton Academy SOLD OUT in a couple of hours Sell out Lose all artistic integrity in return for commercial success Most bands SELL OUT when they sign to a major record label and forget all their principles when pursuing chart success Sell up Sell a house or business to move somewhere or do something different We want to SELL UP and move to the country Send back Return something I SENT my food BACK because it was overcooked Send for Ask someone to come and help I had to SEND FOR a plumber because the radiator was leaking Send in Order people into a place to handle a problem The police were SENT IN to quell the riot as the protesters had started burning cars and wrecking shops Send in Write to get information If you want to enter the competition you have to SEND IN for an entry form Send off Expel a sports player from a match The football striker was SENT OFF for arguing with the referees decision Send off Post a letter I must SEND this letter OFF today otherwise it wont get there in time Send off for Order something by post I SENT OFF FOR some jeans that I liked in the catalogue Send out Send something to a lot of people They SENT OUT a mailshot to all their existing customers Send out for Order takeaway food by phone We couldnt be bothered to cook so we SENT OUT FOR a pizza
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Send up Imitateimpersonate for comic effect The mischievous schoolboy was standing at the front of the class SENDING the teacher UP when the teacher opened the door behind him Set about Start doing something We SET ABOUT the cleaning and got it done before lunchtime Set about Attack The gang SET ABOUT her as she left the bank Set apart Distinguish be better than or different from others The quality of their work SETS them APART from their rivals Set aside Overturn a court verdict or decision The Appeal Court SET ASIDE the guilty verdict because the evidence was unsatisfactory and declared her not guilty Set back Cost The car repairs SET me BACK eight hundred pounds Set back Delay The accident SET the project BACK several months Set forth State or outline an opinion He SET FORTH his ideas in his autobiography Set forth Start a journey We SET FORTH at daybreak for the summit of the mountain Set in Change season noticeably Winter has SET IN its started snowing Set off Explode a bomb Terrorists SET OFF a car bomb in the city centre last night Fortunately no-one was hurt or killed Set off Ring an alarm The smoke SET the fire alarm OFF Set off Start a journey We SET OFF for work at seven-thirty Set off Counterbalance a debt The company SET OFF its overseas debts against it profits at home Set off Provide a visual contrast that looks good The dark frame SETS the pale drawing OFF well Set off Cause trigger events The pay freeze SET OFF a wave of strikes Set on Attack He was SET ON when he left the bar Set out Display show The figures are SET OUT in the councils annual report Set out Start a journey The explorers SET OUT for the South Pole yesterday morning Set out Arrange organise The contract SETS OUT all the details of the agreement Set to Work hard or enthusiastically If we all SET TO we should be able to finish this in a few hours Set up Prepare equipment software etc for use The technician SET UP the computer network perfectly Set up Start a company They SET UP a dot com company floated it a couple of years later on the Stock Exchange and made an absolute fortune
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Set up Provide someone with the money needed to live Winning the lottery SET them UP for life Set up Trick deceive The police SET them UP Set upon Attack They SET UPON her when she was in the car park Settle down Start living a fixed and routine life After years of partying and drinking she finally got married and SETTLED DOWN Settle for Accept whatever is available We were upset not to win and had to SETTLE FOR the second prize Settle in Get used to It took him a while to SETTLE IN when he moved to Japan Settle on Agree They couldnt agree at first on a name for their daughter but finally SETTLED ON Alice Settle up Pay a debt Lets SETTLE UP for the dinner the other night Sex up Change information to make it more attractive to the reader or listener The government denied that they had SEXED UP the report to make the front page Shack up Live with someone when you are in a relationship They SHACKED UP a few months after they started going out Shack up Live somewhere temporarily We had to SHACK UP with friends while our house was being decorated Shade in Make a part of a picture darker She SHADED IN the area under the tree Shake down Search The police SHOOK the house DOWN looking for drugs Shake down Extort or cheat money from someone He SHOOK the guy DOWN with some story about needing the money for an operation Shake off Get rid of an illness It took me ages to SHAKE OFF the cough Shake out Shake clothes cloths etc to remove dirt or creases He took the tablecloth outside and SHOOK it OUT after dinner Shake up Upset or shock The news of her death really SHOOK me UP Shake up Make major changes to improve or save a company organisation etc The management are SHAKING things UP and getting rid of a lot of workers Shake up Mix things in a container by shaking hard Pour the ingredients into a container and SHAKE them UP Shape up Develop in a positive way Things are SHAPING UP at work- everythings going well again Shape up Improve to reach an acceptable standard If they dont start SHAPING UP theyre going to lose their jobs Shave off Shave completely He has SHAVED OFF his moustache and looks much younger Shave off Reduce by a small amount He SHAVED a few thousand OFF the
Learning English with easypacelearningcom budget for the year Shell out Spend money on something especially when you think its too expensive I had to SHELL OUT a hundred pounds on the dinner Ship off Send someone away often because of a problem He was causing a lot of trouble so they SHIPPED him OFF to another branch Ship out Send goods to a place We SHIPPED the order OUT two days ago Ship out Leave a place If youve finished your work Im ready to SHIP OUT Shoot away Leave somewhere quickly He SHOT AWAY as soon as the bell rang for the end of the lesson Shoot back Return quickly Im SHOOTING BACK home to pick up some things I forgot to bring with me Shoot for Have as a goal Im SHOOTING FOR nothing less than the presidency Shoot off Leave promptly and quickly Ill have to SHOOT OFF as soon as the lesson finishes otherwise Ill miss my train Shoot out Go out for a short time Im SHOOTING OUT to the shops for a paper Shoot up Increase quickly The share prices of internet companies have been SHOOTING UP lately Shoot up Take illicit drugs intravenously The heroin-user would SHOOT UP in shop doorways Shoot up Damage with gun-shots The gangsters SHOT UP the pub Shoot up Increase quickly grow Johnny has SHOT UP since I last saw him Shop around Look around for the best price quality etc If you SHOP AROUND you can find some real bargains for air tickets Short out Short circuit The battery SHORTED OUT when it got wet Shout down Make so much noise to stop someone being heard His efforts to raise the issue were SHOUTED DOWN Shout out Say something loudly often to attract someones attention She SHOUTED OUT my name Show around Take someone to a place to show them certain parts The estate agent SHOWED us AROUND the house but we didnt like it much Show in Take someone into an office or other room The secretary SHOWED me IN to speak to the manager Show off Behave in a way so as to attract attention The children were SHOWING OFF and irritated me Show off Display something you are proud of He wanted to SHOW OFF his new sound system Show off Make the qualities of another thing more apparent The shirt really SHOWED OFF his new tie Show out Take someone to out of a room or building Her secretary SHOWED me OUT after the interview
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Show over Take someone around a site He SHOWED us OVER the scene of the accident Show round Take someone to a place to show them certain parts The guide SHOWED them ROUND the historic part of the city Show through When a feeling can be seen despite attempts to conceal it His anger SHOWED THROUGH despite his smile Show up Attend something or arrive somewhere Very few SHOWED UP at the meeting Show up Become clear or apparent The downturn in sales SHOWED UP in the companys accounts Show up Make someone feel embarrassed or ashamed He SHOWED us UP when he arrived drunk and started arguing Shrug off Disregard something not consider it important or harmful He SHRUGGED OFF the criticism and carried on the same way Shut away Imprison or remove someones freedom Many people have been SHUT AWAY in psychiatric hospitals for disagreeing with the government Shut down Turn a computer off You should close all programs before you SHUT a computer DOWN Shut in Prevent someone from leaving I SHUT the cat IN until it was time to go to the vet Shut off Close prevent access They SHUT the water OFF while they did the repairs Shut out Exclude You have to SHUT your feelings OUT to deal with it Shut out Not allow a player or team to score The Dodgers SHUT OUT the Giants 3-0 Shut out of Exclude someone from an activity etc Hes been SHUT OUT OF the discussions Shut up Stop talking or making noise He told us to SHUT UP and start working Shut up Close for a period of time They SHUT the shop UP for a fortnight while they were on holiday Shut yourself away Withdraw from company Shes SHUT herself AWAY to revise for her exams Shy away from Avoid doing something because you lack confidence Many learners SHY AWAY FROM using phrasal verbs Side with Support someone The lecturer SIDED WITH her students and got sacked for her pains Sidle up to Approach someone discreetly He SIDLED UP TO me and whispered his name Sift through Examine a lot of things carefully We had to SIFT THROUGH thousands of files before we found what we were looking for Sign away Give away legal or property rights He SIGNED AWAY his rights to compensation when he signed the
Learning English with easypacelearningcom contract Sign for Write a signature on behalf on someone My boss was out for the day so I SIGNED her letters FOR her Sign in Register in a hotel We SIGNED IN and went straight to bed Sign in Open a computer program that requires a name and password I SIGNED IN and started chatting online Sign in Write your name when entering a place You have to SIGN IN before you can enter the club Sign into Open a particular computer program that requires a name and password I SIGN INTO MSN Messenger automatically when I boot up Sign off End a message Ill SIGN OFF now but will write again next week Sign off Close a claim for unemployment benefit I SIGNED OFF when I got my new job Sign off Give someone a letter to be away from work My doctor SIGNED me OFF for a month with back problems Sign off on Give official approval The director SIGNED OFF ON the plans to increase sales Sign on Open a claim for unemployment benefit I had to SIGN ON when I lost my job Sign on Agree to participate Ive SIGNED ON to help at the village fete Sign on Start broadcasting He SIGNS ON the same way every show Sign on Employ Weve SIGNED ON two new teachers Sign on with Sign a document joining or agreeing to something Hes SIGNED ON WITH Manchester United for the next three years Sign out Close a computer program that requires a name and password I SIGNED OUT and then shut the computer down Sign out Sign something to show you have borrowed something Could you SIGN those books OUT please Sign out of Close a particular computer program that requires a name and password I SIGNED OUT OF MSN Messenger and shut the computer down Sign up Give your name to do something Ive SIGNED UP as a volunteer Sign up Subscribe I SIGNED UP for their newsletter Sign with Make a contract with Shes SIGNED WITH EMI for the next few years Simmer down Become calmer make less noise He told them to SIMMER DOWN because they were disturbing the class next door Sing along To sing when a piece of music is being played or performed by someone else I SANG ALONG when they played it on the radio Sing out Reply loudly When you hear your name SING OUT Sing out Sing loudly Everyone SANG OUT during the chorus Sing up Sing louder We cant hear you- SING UP Single out Select or choose one from a group Many people applied for the job but we
Learning English with easypacelearningcom will SINGLE OUT the best one Sink in Slowly come to be understood The truth finally SANK IN about her death when it was broadcast on TV Sit about Sit and do nothing especially when you should be working We spent the afternoon SITTING ABOUT chatting instead of doing any work Sit around Sit idly doing nothing They just SAT AROUND while the others did all the work Sit back Wait for something to happen without making any effort We SAT BACK and waited for them to make the first mistake Sit back Relax in a chair I SAT BACK and enjoyed the show Sit by Not try to stop something I cant SIT BY while they are punished wrongly Sit down Help someone to sit The nurse SAT me DOWN in a chair Sit for Pose for an artist or photographer The Queen SAT FOR another official portrait Sit for Look after children while their parents are out She SITS FOR her neighbors when they go out Sit in Occupy a building to protest about something The students SAT IN the Library as a protest against the increase in tuition fees Sit in for Take on someones responsibilities while they are absent Her deputys SITTING IN FOR her while shes away Sit in on Attend as an observer She SAT IN ON the meeting and took notes but said nothing Sit on Be on a committee Shes SAT ON the finance committee from the beginning Sit on To handle somebody firmly who behaves impertinently conceitedly If his girlfriend finds out shell get mad and SIT ON him Sit on Hold information back or keep it secret The government have been SITTING ON the report because it was so critical Sit out Not take part I had to SIT the game OUT because I was ill Sit over Eat or drink slowly WE SAT OVER dinner discussing the plans Sit through Stay till the end of something dull I was bored and wanted to leave halfway through but we SAT THROUGH the film Sit with Reconcile different positions Its hard to see how their new plan SITS WITH the promises they made Size up Assess a situation or person carefully The doorstaff SIZED UP everyone entering the club Size up Make something bigger or produce bigger products Soft drinks manufacturers have SIZED UP their products in recent years Skin up Make a cannabis joint She SKINNED UP a fat spliff Skin up Make a cannabis joint Whos going to SKIN UP Skive off Avoid doing work or other duty I pretended I was ill and SKIVED OFF
Learning English with easypacelearningcom on Monday Slack off Reduce ones effort perform with less enthusiasm and energy Students usually begin the term well then SLACK OFF near the end of the semester Slacken off Become less busy or intense Work SLACKENS OFF during the holiday period Slag off Criticise heavily The concert was terrible and all the papers SLAGGED the band OFF Slant toward Favour one viewpoint bias That travel magazine is totally SLANTED TOWARD the ultra-rich Sleep in Sleep longer than usual Lets SLEEP IN tomorrow morning- we wont have another chance for weeks Sleep off Sleep in order to recover from excess alcohol drugs etc She went to bed TO SLEEP OFF the effects of the tequila Sleep on Think about something My boss said shed have to SLEEP ON it when I asked her for a raise Sleep over Spend the night at someone elses house The au pair made tea for the friends who were SLEEPING OVER Sleep through Not wake up I SLEPT THROUGH the storm even though the wind blew some slates off the roof Slice off Cut remove an amount or part of something They CUT 10 OFF the original price Slice up Cut completely into pieces or slices I SLICED the cake UP and handed it round to the people there Slip away Lose an opportunity or the chance of winning succeeding etc Their hopes of getting back into the game SLIPPED AWAY after the second goal Slip away Pass quickly time The year has SLIPPED AWAY and it is hard to believe its over Slip by Pass quickly time The years SLIP BY as you get older Slip by Lose an opportunity or the chance of winning succeeding etc He didnt follow the offer up and let it SLIP BY Slip down Be enjoyable to drink or eat The cold beer SLIPPED DOWN a treat after the walk Slip in Try to include something discreetly when speaking He SLIPPED IN a mention of his exam results to remind us how well he did Slip into Put clothes on quickly I got out of my suit and SLIPPED INTO my pyjamas Slip into Acquire bad habits or fall into a bad or negative state or condition The economy SLIPPED INTO recession and shows no signs of recovery Slip off Leave a place discreetly It was very boring so we SLIPPED OFF before it finished Slip off Remove clothes I SLIPPED my shoes OFF when I entered Slip off to Go somewhere discreetly We SLIPPED OFF TO the pub Slip on Put clothes on quickly I SLIPPED my coat ON and rushed outside
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Slip out Leave discreetly The party was really dull so we SLIPPED OUT and went to the pub instead Slip up Make an error The waitress SLIPPED UP and didnt bring us what we had ordered Slob about Be lazy do nothing I SLOBBED ABOUT all day as I couldnt be bothered to do any work Slob around Be lazy do nothing I spent the day SLOBBING AROUND at home Slope off Leave somewhere without letting others know The lecture sounded really boring so I SLOPED OFF and went to the pub Slough off Get rid of dispose The government is increasing its powers but is SLOUGHING OFF responsibility for its failures Slough off Lose or shed outer layers of skin Snakes SLOUGH OFF their old skin Slough off Ignore or trivialize an injury or insult He SLOUGHED OFF the pain and continued running Slow down Reduce speed The car SLOWED DOWN when they saw the police Slow down Become less active It is important to slow down rest and eat sensibly Slow up Slow the progress of something The negotiations were SLOWED UP by the arguments Slug it out Fight or argue They SLUGGED IT OUT for hours but never came to an agreement Smack of Appear to have a negative quality The governments decision SMACKS OF hypocrisy Smash down Demolish or break something down The police SMASHED the door DOWN to get into the house Smash in Break something by hitting it repeatedly He SMASHED the windscreen IN Smash up Destroy break into many pieces The burglars SMASHED UP the office as there was no money to steal Smoke out Force someone out of a place theyre hiding in The police SMOKED the gang OUT and arrested them Snaffle up Consume take buy something other people may want They SNAFFLED UP all the food before we got there Snap off Break a piece off something He SNAPPED OFF a bit of chocolate from the bar and gave it to me Snap out of Control negative emotions I was feeling depressed and knew I had to SNAP OUT OF it Snap to it Do something quickly He had taken ages so I told him to SNAP TO IT and get it finished Snap up Get acquire or buy something quickly Collectors SNAPPED UP every copy the day it was released Snarl up Entangle My line was all SNARLED UP after I caught that last fish Sneak out Depart furtively Although the thieves tried to SNEAK OUT after dark we were ready for them
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Sneak up on Approach someone furtively Dave tried to SNEAK UP ON the guard but was seen anyway Sniff around Look around to see how good something is or to try to find something better I SNIFFED AROUND to see if I could find a better deal Sniff at Disapprove or be scornful A job opportunity like that is not to be SNIFFED AT Sniff out Find something by smell usually for dogs Customs use dogs to SNIFF OUT illegal drugs being smuggled in Sniff out Find out information especially when people dont want anyone to know Our rivals are trying to SNIFF OUT our plans for expansion Snitch on Divulge secrets inform authorities about someone Reggie was caught after someone SNITCHED ON him to the teacher Snuff out Extinguish a small flame by covering it I SNUFFED OUT the candles before I went to bed Snuff out Kill He got SNUFFED OUT in a gang war Snuff out End something suddenly I messed up the first question which SNUFFED OUT my chances of getting a good grade Sober up Stop showing the effects of alcohol or drugs Keith SOBERED UP a bit when we left the pub and walked home Soften up Weaken The bombardment SOFTENED UP their defenses I think we can move in tomorrow Soften up Do things to please someone in the hope that they will do what you want I paid for everything to SOFTEN them UP before they made the decision Soldier on Continue even when things get difficult Life got hard for my dog when he went blind but he just SOLDIERED ON and never complained Sort out Resolve a problem Has the firm SORTED OUT its tax problems yet Sound off To express your opinions forcefully He SOUNDED OFF about the quality of the food Sound out Check what someone thinks about an issue idea etc You should SOUND her OUT to get her opinion before you go ahead with the plan Spaff away Waste money time resources etc The council is SPAFFING AWAY our taxes on bonuses and consultants Spark off Cause something usually unpleasant to happen The riot was SPARKED OFF by the police raid on the club Spark up Light a cigarette or joint They SPARKED UP in a no smoking area Speak out Talk openly and freely People are afraid to SPEAK OUT in oppressive political regimes Speak up Talk more loudly They couldnt hear the speaker and asked him to SPEAK UP a bit Spell out Explain something in great detail He wont understand you unless you SPELL everything OUT for him
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Spell out Write or say the individual letters that make up a word I had to SPELL my surname OUT to him as he didnt know how to spell it Spew out Expel throw out The volcano is SPEWING OUT lava and hot gases Spew up Vomit He SPEWED UP when he was drunk Spill out When large numbers of people leave a place at the same time The crowd SPILLED OUT onto the streets after the match had ended Spill out Come or flow out of a box container etc The container was cracked and the chemicals SPILLED OUT Spill out Express or display emotions openly I let my frustration SPILL OUT Spill over When something bad has a wider impact on other people or situations The protests and demonstrations have SPILLED OVER into neighbouring states Spill over Flow over the edge or top of a container I forgot to turn the tap off and the water SPILLED OVER Spin off Produce an unexpected additional benefit The research SPUN OFF a number of new products as well as solving the problem Spin off Form a separate company from part of an existing one They SPUN OFF the retail division last year Spin off Create a TV show using characters from a popular show They SPUN it OFF from the main show but it didnt really attract many viewers Spin out Lose control vehicle The car hit the water and SPUN OUT Spin out Make something last as long as possible I SPUN the work OUT to make as much money from the job as I could Spirit away Remove someone secretly from a place They SPIRITED her AWAY before the police arrived Spirit off Remove someone secretly from a place They SPIRITED him OFF before any trouble started Spit it out An informal way of telling someone to say something they are unwilling to say Hurry up SPIT IT OUT I cant wait all day for the truth Spit out Say something angrily He SPAT her name OUT when he saw her arrive Splash down Land in the sea space capsules Apollo 13 SPLASHED DOWN after a harrowing flight Splash out Spend a lot of money on something that is not essential We went to an expensive restaurant and SPLASHED OUT to celebrate Splash out on Spend a lot of money on something I SPLASHED OUT ON a new camera Split up Divide into groups The teacher SPLIT the class UP into groups of four Split up Finish a relationship They are always SPLITTING UP and then getting back together again Spoil for Really want something Hes been SPOILING FOR an argument all day Sponge down Clean something with a sponge Ill SPONGE it DOWN before putting it away
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Sponge off Accept free food and support without any shame or qualms Lets go to New York we can always SPONGE OFF my brother there Sponge on Accept or get money without doing any work A lot of people are SPONGING ON the state by claiming benefits theyre not entitled to Spring back Return to original position after being bent forced or when pressure is removed The lock SPRINGS BACK when the key is turned Spring for Pay for often generously She is going to SPRING FOR all their medical bills Spring from Appear suddenly and unexpectedly He SPRANG FROM the bushes when I walked past Spring from Be the cause of something His anger SPRINGS FROM his feelings of insecurity Spring on Surprise someone They SPRUNG a birthday party ON me at work Spring up Appear suddenly Charity shops are SPRINGING UP in the recession Spruce up To smarten make something neat and tidy We SPRUCED the flat UP before we put it on the market Spur on Encourage someone to continue The thought of the bonus SPURRED her ON to complete the work on time Square away Finish or sort something out There are few things I have to SQUARE AWAY before I can leave Square off Confront someone or prepare to fight them The two drunks SQUARED OFF and the barman had to intervene before a fight broke out Square off against Confront someone or prepare to fight them They SQUARED OFF AGAINST the police when they arrived Square up Pay back a debt Can I SQUARE UP with you for last night Square up Confront someone or prepare to fight them The companies are SQUARING UP for a fight Square up to Accept responsibility or guilt They need to SQUARE UP TO what they did wrong if we are to make any progress Square with Match conform to What he said doesnt SQUARE WITH what the others said Square with Check with someone that something is OK Ill have to CHECK that WITH my boss before I can confirm it Squeeze up Get more people into a space than normal or comfortable Four of us had to SQUEEZE UP in the back of the car Stack up Put things in a pile I STACKED UP the boxes Stack up Accumulate Work STACKED UP while I was away on holiday Stack up Increase accumulate something Ive been STACKING UP a lot of air miles Stack up Be logical make sense The budget figures dont STACK UP Stack up Build up the number of planes waiting to Planes were STACKING UP while the
Learning English with easypacelearningcom land at an airport airport was closed after the bomb threat Stack up against Be as good as something The new model doesnt STACK UP AGAINST the old one Staff up Employ someone for something specific They havent STAFFED the project UP yet Stamp out Get rid of something The government has started a campaign to STAMP OUT drugs in schools Stand about Spend time in a place waiting or doing nothing or very little We STOOD ABOUT drinking coffee before the lecture Stand around Spend time in a place waiting or doing nothing or very little We STOOD AROUND for an hour waiting for them to turn up Stand aside Leave a position so that someone else can take it The prime minister should STAND ASIDE and let a new leader head the party Stand back Keep a distance from something We STOOD BACK while he lit the firework Stand back Try to understand something by taking a different perspective We need to STAND BACK and look at the problem differently Stand by Support someone He STOOD BY her throughout the trial as he believed her to be innocent Stand by Be ready and waiting for something to happen The emergency services were STANDING BY waiting for the plane to land Stand down Leave a job or position so that someone else can take it The minister announced her intention to STAND DOWN at the next election Stand down Finish being asked questions in a court The judge told the witness to STAND DOWN after the questioning Stand for Accept or tolerate behaviour Im not going to STAND FOR their rudeness any longer Stand for The words represented by certain initials WHAT do the letters BBC STAND FOR British Broadcasting Corporation Stand in for Substitute someone temporarily She had to STAND IN FOR the editor while he was on holiday Stand out Be extraordinary and different She STOOD OUT from the crowd in selection and was offered the job Stand up Move from a sitting or lying down to a vertical position Everybody STOOD UP when the judge entered the court Stand up Fail to keep an appointment He agreed to meet me last night but he STOOD me UP Stand up for Defend support Hes the kind of manager who will always STAND UP FOR his staff Stand up to Keep your principles when challenged by an authority She STOOD UP TO the police when they tried to corrupt her Stand up to Resist damage This coat will STAND UP TO the roughest weather conditions Stare down Look at someone until they cannot look at you He was angry but I STARED him DOWN and he left without saying much
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Start off Make something start They STARTED OFF the meeting with an attack on our performance Start off Begin life a career or existence She STARTED OFF as a receptionist and ended up as the CEO Start off Begin a journey We STARTED OFF early because we knew the journey would take all day Start off Make someone laugh I was trying to be serious but their comment STARTED me OFF Start off on Help someone to start a piece or work or activity I STARTED her OFF ON the project then left her to finish it Start on Begin to use or consume Its time to START ON that bottle of wine Start on Criticise angrily The manager was furious and STARTED ON her staff for not trying hard enough Start on at Criticise or nag He STARTED ON AT me for being late Start out Begin a journey We STARTED OUT early in the morning Start out as Begin life existence or a career What had STARTED OUT AS a protest quickly turned into a full-blown rebellion Start out to Intend plan I didnt START OUT TO become the boss- it just happened Start over Begin something again Its a mess- I think we should just START OVER Start up Open a business The firm STARTED UP on a shoestring budget Start up Begin especially sounds There was a pause then the noise STARTED UP again Start up When an engine starts working The car STARTED UP first time Start up Make an engine work I STARTED the car UP Start up Sit or stand upright because someone has surprised you He STARTED UP when I entered the room and tried to hide what he was doing Stash away Store or hide something in a safe place I STASHED some money AWAY behind some books Stave in Push or break something inwards The police STOVE the front door IN and arrested them Stave off Delay prevent something from happening The medicine STAVED OFF the worst of the disease Stay away Not come He said he didnt like them coming and wanted them to STAY AWAY Stay away from Avoid not come He told them to STAY AWAY FROM him Stay in Not go out Im going to STAY IN and chill tonight I cant be bothered to go out Stay on Remain longer than anticipated She STAYED ON after she graduated to do a Masters degree Stay out Not go home We STAYED OUT all night Stay over Stay overnight I STAYED OVER at a friends house last
Learning English with easypacelearningcom night because of the train strike Stay up Not go to bed The children STAYED UP until way past their bedtime Steal away Leave a place quietly or secretly We didnt want to wake them so we STOLE AWAY in the middle of the night Steal out Leave in a stealthy or quiet manner Not wanting to attract attention she STOLE OUT early Steal over Be gradually overcome by an emotion or feeling A feeling of pride STOLE OVER me as I watched Steal up Approach quietly or secretly The lights were off and everything was quiet so we STOLE UP as quietly as we could Steal up on Approach a place or someone quietly or secretly We STOLE UP ON them so that they couldnt sound the alarm Steer clear of Avoid Hes trying to STEER CLEAR OF his lecturer because he hasnt finished his assignment yet Stem from Originate be caused by The trouble STEMS FROM their refusal to discuss the matter Step aside Leave a job or position so that someone else can take over Everyone thinks that the prime minister should STEP ASIDE so that someone new can lead the party into the election Step back Look at something from a different perspective We should STEP BACK and try to see how our customers will view the scheme Step down Leave a job or position so that someone can take over The CEO STEPPED DOWN after the share price dropped Step down Reduce Production is being STEPPED DOWN because demand has dropped Step forward Offer help When I had the accident a lot of people STEPPED FORWARD to help me Step in Get involved by interrupting something I had to STEP IN when they started fighting Step on it An imperative used to tell someone to go faster especially when driving I told the taxi driver to STEP ON IT as I was late for the meeting Step out Leave a place for a very short time Theyve STEPPED OUT for a cigarette Step to Confront Dont STEP TO those guys theyll kill you Step to Chat talk to He tried to STEP TO her in the bar Step up Increase The police have STEPPED UP the pressure on beggars working the Underground Stick around Stay in a place for some time Hes late but Ill STICK AROUND for another few minutes before I leave Stick at Continue doing something despite difficulties She found the course very tough but she STUCK AT it and did well in the end Stick by Support someone when they are having difficulties No one STUCK BY him when the scandal became public
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Stick by Support a plan opinion or decision They are STICKING BY their claims Stick down Write something quickly or without thinking about it I couldnt answer the test so I just STUCK anything DOWN that I could remember Stick down Join surfaces with glue I STUCK the label DOWN Stick it to Criticise someone She STUCK IT TO me for turning up half an hour late Stick it to Treat someone badly or unfairly My boss always STICKS IT TO me when shes in a bad mood Stick out Be easily noticed Hes so much better than the others that he STICKS OUT Stick out Extend part of your body He STUCK his tongue OUT at me Stick out Continue doing something difficult or unpleasant I STUCK it OUT even though I hated every minute of it Stick out for Demand a salary raise Were STICKING OUT FOR a 5 increase Stick to Not change The Prime Minister decided to STICK TO the original plan despite the criticism in the media Stick to Restrict or limit and not change I STUCK TO the path and didnt take the shortcut Stick together Support each other If we dont STICK TOGETHER things will be much worse for all of us- we need some unity Stick up Stand on end The static electricity made my hair STICK UP Stick up Rob using weapons They STUCK the bank UP and stole tens of thousands Stick up for Support or defend You have to STICK UP FOR yourself here because no one will back you Stick with Not change something Wed better STICK WITH our original idea Stick with Stay near someone He told the children to STICK WITH him in the station Stick with Not be forgotten The details have STUCK WITH me ever since Stick with Continue with something difficult or unpleasant I STUCK WITH the job though I found it very stressful Stiffen up Become rigid My back STIFFENS UP in cold weather Stiffen up Make something rigid They used starch to STIFFEN the collars UP Stir up Make trouble for someone else He STIRRED things UP by complaining to senior management about his line manager Stitch up Sew something so that it is closed I STITCHED UP the hole in my sleeve Stitch up Finalise a deal We get the contract STITCHED UP this
Learning English with easypacelearningcom week Stitch up Cheat someone or make them look guilty when they arent The police STITCHED them UP because they couldnt find any evidence against them Stomp off Leave somewhere angrily He lost his temper and STOMPED OFF home Stomp on Treat badly or defeat They STOMP ON their competitors Stop around Visit someone for a short time Why dont you STOP AROUND my place on your way back Stop back Return somewhere Ill STOP BACK this afternoon when youre free Stop behind Stay somewhere when other people leave I STOPPED BEHIND at the end of the lecture to ask a couple of questions Stop by Visit somewhere briefly or quickly I must STOP BY the supermarket and pick up some things for dinner Stop in Stay at home I was feeling tired so I STOPPED IN last night Stop in Visit briefly I STOPPED IN at my aunts after work Stop off Break a journey We STOPPED OFF for lunch about halfway there then carried on driving Stop out Be out late especially when you are expected home Her parents were annoyed because she STOPPED OUT all night Stop over Stay somewhere when on a journey I STOPPED OVER in Bangkok for a couple of days on my way back from Tokyo Stop up Stay up late I STOPPED UP last night watching the film Stop up Fill or block something I STOPPED UP the bottle with a cork Storm off Leave a place angrily They had a row and he STORMED OFF Storm out Leave a place angrily He lost his temper and STORMED OUT OF the bar If you dont mention the place you can just say He stormed out Stow away Hide in a vehicle to travel without people knowing She STOWED AWAY on the plane but was caught when it landed Stow away Store something in a safe place We STOWED it AWAY in the garage to keep it dry Straighten out Make something straight Im always having to STRAIGHTEN OUT the wires connected to my computer Straighten out Deal with a problem I had to STRAIGHTEN OUT things after the mess they had made Straighten out Make clear and resolve There are a few issues Id like to STRAIGHTEN OUT first Straighten out Improve someones behaviour Starting work has STRAIGHTENED him OUT and calmed him down Straighten Stand straight She STRAIGHTENED UP when her boss
Learning English with easypacelearningcom up walked in Straighten up Tidy I STRAIGHTENED UP the room before they arrived Strike back Attack take action against someone who has hurt you At first he ignored them but when things got very serious he STRUCK BACK Strike down Kill A hitman STRUCK him DOWN as he entered the buildingThis verb is often used in the passive- He was struck down as he entered the building Strike down Make someone ill I was STRUCK DOWN with food poisoningThis verb is mostly used in the passive Strike down Disallow a law decision etc The Appeal Court STRUCK DOWN the lower courts ruling Strike off Remove someones professional licence to practise The Medical Council STRUCK him OFF for malpractice Strike on Have a good idea I STRUCK ON the solution when I was out with my dog Strike out Start doing something new and different After doing the same job for five years I decided to STRIKE OUT and change careers Strike out Try to hit someone When he pushed me I STRUCK OUT Strike out Start going towards a place We got up early and STRUCK OUT for our final destination Strike out Cross writing out As they arrived I STRUCK their names OUT on the list I had Strike out Fail I tried to get the government to support us but I STRUCK OUT Strike up Start conversation relationship He STRUCK UP a conversation with me in the bar Strike up Start performing music The band STRUCK UP and everyone turned to listen Strike upon Have a good idea It took us a long time to STRIKE UPON a solution String along Deceive someone for a long time They kept saying they were interested but they were just STRINGING me ALONG String along Accompany someone because you havent got anything better to do Is it alright if I STRING ALONG with you tonight String out Make something last as long as possible There was half an hour to go so I STRUNG the questions OUT as long as I could String together Put words together into a coherent text I was so nervous in the interview that I could hardly STRING a sentence TOGETHER String up Hang somebody The rebels STRUNG the soldiers UP after they captured them
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Stub out Extinguish a cigarette He STUBBED his cigarette OUT in a saucer because he couldnt find an ashtray Stuff up Make a mistake do badly spoil I STUFFED the exam UP Stumble across Find something accidentally Youll never guess what I STUMBLED ACROSS when I was packing my stuff Stumble upon Find something accidentally I STUMBLED UPON these photos when I was clearing my room up Stump up Pay for something He didnt want to pay me back but I got him to STUMP UP in the end Suck in Become involved in something unpleasant Everyone around her was taking drugs and she got SUCKED IN Suck into Become involved in something unpleasant The country got SUCKED INTO the war Suck up Try to ingratiate yourself He is always SUCKING UP to try to get the bosss approval Suck up to Ingratiate yourself with someone Hes always SUCKING UP TO our boss Suit up Get dressed or put on a uniform for an activity or task They SUITED UP and went to the interview Sum up Summarise At the end of the lecture she SUMMED UP the main points again Summon up Get the energy or courage to do something Andrea couldnt SUMMON UP the enthusiasm to apply for the position Suss out Come to understand It took her ages to SUSS OUT what was going on Swan about Move in a dramatic or affected manner He SWANNED ABOUT at the party Swan around Move in a dramatic or affected manner She SWANNED AROUND trying to impress people Swan in Enter in a dramatic or attention-seeking manner He SWANNED IN surrounded by photographers Swan off Leave somewhere in a defiant or pompous manner He didnt like the way the spoke to him so he SWANNED OFF angrily Swear by Have great confidence in I SWEAR BY their products- theyre the best on the market Swear down Promise that something is true He SWORE DOWN that he hadnt done it Sweep through Pass easily succeed She SWEPT THROUGH the exams Sweep through Move quickly through The disease SWEPT THROUGH the population Swing around Change your opinion quickly They SWUNG AROUND to our idea after reading the press reports Swing around Turn around quickly He SWUNG ROUND to see what had made the noise Swing at Try to hit He SWUNG AT me but missed Swing by Visit a person or place on your way I will SWING BY this afternoon and pick
Learning English with easypacelearningcom somewhere you up Swing round Change your opinion quickly They were against it at first then SWUNG ROUND and supported it Swing round Turn around quickly She SWUNG ROUND and greeted them Syphon off Take business support or votes from someone The candidate SYPHONED OFF a lot of votes because of his anti-war stance Syphon off Divert money illegally The minister had been SYPHONING OFF funds from his department for years Tack on Add something that wasnt planned They TACKED ON a new ending to the film when they found that test audiences didnt like the original Tack onto Add or attach something that wasnt planned to something I TACKED a quick message ONTO the end of the letter after Id printed it Tag along Accompany someone especially if they havent specifically invited you Youre off to the cinema can we TAG ALONG Tag on Add an additional point to something written or spoken He TAGGED ON a few comments after reading my report Tag onto Add an additional point to something written or spoken He TAGGED his ideas ONTO the end of my report Tag with Add a keyword link or bookmark to a blog entry or webpage The post was TAGGED WITH keywords Tail away Become silent or inaudible His voice TAILED AWAY when he was speaking about what hed done wrong Tail back Form a traffic jam The traffic TAILED BACK for several miles after the accident Tail off Become silent or inaudible The voices TAILED OFF when she entered Tail off Decrease Profits TAILED OFF sharply in the last quarter of the year as a result of the increase in the price of oil Take after Look like resemble He TAKES AFTER his mother Take apart Take something to pieces She TOOK the photocopier APART to see what had got stuck in it Take aside Get someone alone to talk to them The teacher TOOK her ASIDE and said that shed failed the exam Take away Remove The police TOOK the protestors AWAY Take back Make someone nostalgic That song always TAKES me BACK to when I was at university Take back Retract a statement admit that something was wrong I had to TAKE BACK everything bad Id said about them when I learned how theyd helped out Take down Make notes or write down in full The police TOOK DOWN his answers to their questions Take down Remove People TAKE DOWN their Christmas decorations twelve days after Christmas
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Take in Absorb information The lecture was rather boring and I didnt TAKE IN much of what the lecturer said Take in Deceive She TOOK me IN with her story until someone told me the truth Take in Make clothes smaller The jacket was far too big around the shoulders so I had it TAKEN IN so that I could wear it Take in Assume care or support The family TOOK IN the three homeless kittens Take it Accept criticism Hes good at criticising others but cant TAKE IT himself Take it out on Abuse someone because youre angry Whenever things go wrong he always shouts and TAKES IT OUT ON me even if I had nothing to do with the problem Take it upon yourself Take responsibility often without consulting other people I TOOK IT UPON MYSELF to make sure he got up on time Take off Make great progress The software house really TOOK OFF when they produced the latest version of their DTP package Take off Reduce the price of an item Theyve TAKEN ten percent OFF designer frames for glasses Take off When a plane departs or leaves the ground The flight for Dublin TOOK OFF on time Take off Remove It was hot so I TOOK my jacket OFF Take on Allow passengers on a ship or plane The plane stopped at Zurich to TAKE ON some passengers Take on Assume a responsibility She TOOK ON the task of indexing the book Take on Employ The council has had to TAKE ON twenty extra employees to handle their increased workload Take out Borrow a library book I TOOK OUT all the books I needed for my essay from the library Take out Borrow money from a bank or other official lender Jackie and Anil TOOK OUT a mortgage to buy a bigger flat Take out Extract or remove The dentist TOOK OUT all of my wisdom teeth before they started causing any problems Take out Go out socially with someone especially a date He TOOK her OUT to a restaurant last Friday night Take out Obtain insurance I TOOK OUT some health insurance before I went backpacking around Latin America Take out Kill murder The gang TOOK him OUT after he spoke to the police Take over Assume control of a company or The bank was TAKEN OVER by a Hong
Learning English with easypacelearningcom organisation Kong bank that needed to buy a bank to get into the British market Take over Start a job or position that someone had occupied before you She TOOK OVER responsibility for the project last month Take through Explain something to someone He TOOK me THROUGH the procedures before we started Take to Make a habit of something Hes TAKEN TO wearing a baseball cap since his hair started thinning more noticeably Take up Fill or occupy time or space An awful lot of my time at work is TAKEN UP with pointless bureaucracy nowadays Take up Make clothes shorter The trousers were too long so I TOOK them UP to make them fit Take up Start a new hobby pastime etc He TOOK UP squash as he felt he had to lose some weight Talk around Persuade He TALKED them AROUND to accepting his point of view Talk around Talk about a problem or issue without really dealing with it They TALKED AROUND the issue without reaching a conclusion Talk at Talk to someone and not give them a chance to reply or listen to them up Talk back Respond rudely to a person in authority The teacher was cross because the pupil TALKED BACK to her Talk down Try to make something sound less important The company CEO TALKED DOWN the recent fall in shares Talk down Persuade someone not to jump off a high place to kill themselves A man was threatening to jump off the building but the police TALKED him DOWN Talk down to Talk in a way to show your superiority not communicate Shes a dreadful teacher and TALKS DOWN TO her students instead of teaching them Talk into Persuade someone to do something She didnt want to let me go but I finally managed to TALK her INTO it Talk out Discuss a problem or issue to find a solution They had a meeting to TALK OUT how people felt Talk out of Persuade someone not to do something He was going to drive home after drinking half a bottle of wine but his friends TALKED him OUT OF it Talk over Discuss We TALKED OVER the problems in our relationship but couldnt sort things out Talk round Persuade She TALKED them AROUND to accepting her point of view Talk round Talk about a problem or issue without really dealing with it WE TALKED ROUND the issue but didnt reach a conclusion Talk through Guide someone through an issue The teacher TALKED me THROUGH the test so I knew what to expect
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Talk up Make something appear more important or significant than it really is The government are trying to TALK UP the effect of their policies Talk yourself out Talk until you have nothing left to say He TALKED himself OUT after a couple of hours and calmed down Tap for Get money off someone I TAPPED him FOR a loan Tap into Use or exploit a plentiful resource for your benefit The company is hoping to TAP INTO the Chinese market Tap off with Have sex with He TAPPED OFF WITH someone at the party on Saturday Tap out Play a rhythm quietly He TAPPED OUT the tune with his pencil while he was thinking Tap out Use all the money available How can we buy a new house without TAPPING OUT our savings account Tap up Approach a footballer illegally to get them to change teams Chelsea were accused of TAPPING him UP even though he was under contract Team up Work with someone or a group to achieve something They TEAMED UP to publicise the issue Tear apart Disturb or upset greatly People were TORN APART when news of the train crash came through Tear at Pull or try to pull something to pieces The fighters TORE AT each other Tear away Stop someone doing something unwillingly I had to TEAR him AWAY from the office for dinner Tear away Remove a surface violently The roof was TORN AWAY in the hurricane Tear down Demolish The estate was TORN DOWN so that they could develop the land into luxury flats Tear into Criticise strongly or angrily She TORE INTO me for losing it Tear off Remove part of a form or letter using your hands not scissors She TORE the slip OFF the bottom of the form and sent it with her cheque Tear off Leave at high speed The police TORE OFF in their car after arresting her Tear off Remove with force The storm TORE the roof OFF Tear out Depart rapidly The sheriff TORE OUT after the escaping criminals Tear up Rip into pieces He TORE the fax UP and threw the bits of paper in the bin Tear up Destroy They are TEARING UP the old part of town to build a new shopping centre Tear up Have eyes fill with tears After hearing the tragic news he TEARED UP and could hardly speak Tee off Start or launch an event The new project will TEE OFF next month Tee off Place a golf ball on a short plastic or wooden stick before hitting it at the start of a hole He TEED OFF at the first hole
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Tee off Annoy someone It TEES me OFF when they turn up late Tee off on Criticise She TEED OFF ON me about the work I gave her Tee up Place a golf ball on a short plastic or wooden stick before hitting it at the start of a hole She TEED UP two strokes ahead at the last hole Tee up Make preparations before starting or launching something They are TEEING UP for the conference tomorrow Tell apart See a difference between two things Theyre identical twins so I cannot TELL them APART Tell off Chide talk angrily to someone about something theyve done wrong His fiance TOLD him OFF for arriving nearly an hour late Tell on Report someone to an authority The pupil TOLD ON the others for cheating and the teacher failed them Text out Cancel an appointment by sending a text message I was feeling too tired to go and TEXTED OUT Think over Consider something carefully Ive THOUGHT it OVER and have made up my mind Im going to take the job in Leeds Think through Consider all the possibilities and outcomes of a situation The plan fell through because they hadnt THOUGHT it THROUGH properly Think up Create or invent something especially when lying Id better THINK UP a good reason for handing the work in late Throw away Discard something when no longer needed I THREW the alarm clock AWAY because it had stopped working Throw in Join accompany May I THROW IN with you My companions left me behind Throw in Add something to a deal They THREW IN a printer so I bought it from them Throw off Remove item of clothing quickly I THREW OFF my shoes and flopped on the settee Throw off Get rid of It took me ages to THROW OFF the cold Throw off Produce light or heat The lamp THROWS OFF a lot of heat Throw on Put clothes on quickly I THREW ON a jacket and rushed outside Throw out Get rid of I THREW OUT all my old clothes to make some space in my wardrobe Throw out Dislocate Edward slipped on the ice and THREW OUT his shoulder Throw out Reject The committee THREW the proposal OUT Throw out Produce heat fumes The car THROWS OUT a lot of smoke Throw out Expel The school THREW him OUT for smoking Throw over End a relationship with someone She THREW me OVER last year Throw over Reject refuse to accept They THREW OVER the agreement
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Throw together Make or arrange quickly I THREW a quick dinner TOGETHER before we left Throw up Vomit The prawns she ate at lunch made her THROW UP and she had to go home early Throw up Produce problems results ideas etc The talks THREW UP some interesting possibilities Throw up Leave a job or position suddenly She THREW UP her job to go travelling Throw up Create clouds of dust or splash water into the air The road was bumpy and the car in front was THROWING UP so much dust that we could hardly see where we were going Throw yourself at Make it clear you are sexually attracted to someone He THREW HIMSELF AT her but she wasnt interested Throw yourself into Do something enthusiastically or energetically She THREW herself INTO the project Tick along Make reasonable progress without any serious problems Things are TICKING ALONG at work while the directors away Tick away Pass of time The last few seconds TICKED AWAY and the team couldnt come back Tick by Pass of time The seconds TICKED BY and the team failed to score Tick off Annoy She really TICKS me OFF when she doesnt reply to my emails Tick off Scold He TICKED me OFF for arriving late Tick off Put a mark on an item in a list when it has been dealt with She TICKED OFF our names when we arrived Tick over Continue working but without improving The company TICKED OVER while she was away on holiday Tick over Operate but without moving engines The mechanic left the engine TICKING OVER for a while to see if he could see what was causing the problem Tide over Use something carefully so as not to finish it This 50 will have to TIDE me OVER until I get paid Tidy up Put things in the correct place in a room I TIDIED UP my bedroom because it was a complete mess Tie back Fasten or secure so that it doesnt obstruct She TIED her hair BACK before playing tennis Tie down Secure something to prevent it moving They TIED him DOWN to stop him escaping Tie down Remove or restrict freedom Marriage TIES you DOWN Tie down Stop people often police or military going where they are needed The army were TIED DOWN with the rebellion and couldnt help Tie in Agree be connected or support The theory TIES IN with what the police have been saying Tie in Associate with He is TIED IN somehow with the crime
Learning English with easypacelearningcom syndicate Tie in with Occur at the same time The publication TIES IN WITH the twentieth anniversary of the incident Tie up Tie or fasten something securely They TIED UP the hostages so that they couldnt escape Tie up Stop someone doing something Work has TIED me UP all week Tie up Fasten I TIED UP my shoelaces Tie up Block a road etc The convoy TIED UP the road for an hour Tighten up Make something more secure or function better Theyre TIGHTENING UP security for the presidents visit Time out End or close because of a time limit The program TIMED OUT before I could reply Time out End or close something because of a time limit The program TIMED me OUT after twenty minutes Tip off Secretly inform the police or authorities The police arrested the drug dealer after someone TIPPED them OFF Tip over Spill make something fall on its side I TIPPED my coffee OVER and ruined my keyboard Tire of Get bored of something She soon TIRED OF the course and dropped out Tire out Make someone exhausted Working so much TIRES me OUT Toddle off Leave go home Its geting late so Im going to TODDLE OFF home Tone down Make something sound more moderate The Minister tried to TONE DOWN what she had said when the press started attacking her Tool up Provide equipment The company spent a lot on TOOLING the factory UP Tool up Arm yourself or somebody The gangsters got TOOLED UP before they went into the club Tootle off Leave depart Its getting late so were going to TOOTLE OFF home Top off Finish something in a special way He complained for an hour and to TOP it OFF started shouting his head off Top out Stop increasing reach the highest point The temperature TOPPED OUT at forty degrees yesterday Top up Refill something that isnt empty yet Shall I TOP UP your drink while Im pouring myself one Toss about Discuss something freely and openly but not very seriously WE TOSSED ideas ABOUT before the negotiations Toss around Discuss something freely and openly but not very seriously We TOSSED their plan AROUND a bit and then rejected it Toss back Drink quickly I TOSSED BACK my beer and left Toss down Drink quickly I TOSSED a couple of drinks DOWN before they arrived
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Toss for Make a decision by throwing a coin and seeing which side lands face up We TOSSED FOR who would start Toss off Write something quickly and carelessly I TOSSED OFF the essay the night before I had to hand it in Toss up Decide something by throwing a coin and seeing which side lands face up We TOSSED UP to see who would kick off Touch down Land planes The plane TOUCHED DOWN at Narita airport an hour late Touch for Borrow money I TOUCHED him FOR some cash as Id forgotten my cards Touch off Cause a problem to occur The governments decision TOUCHED OFF riots in the capital Touch on Mention The talk TOUCHED ON the issue but didnt give any new information Touch up Improve the appearance of something I couldnt be bothered to redecorate so I just TOUCHED UP the bits that needed painting the most Touch up Touch someone in a sexual way She got angry when he tried to TOUCH her UP in the elevator Touch upon Mention They didnt TOUCH UPON the subject because of the controversy Tow away Remove a vehicle especially if parked illegally I parked in a no-parking zone and they TOWED my car AWAY Toy at Pretend to think about or think about in a casual way She TOYED AT getting them to help her but then did it alone Toy over Think about something I TOYED OVER the idea for a while but decided not to go ahead with it Toy with Not eat much of a meal It was horrible so I just TOYED WITH the food Toy with Consider something but not very seriously We TOYED WITH the idea of moving to the country but it isnt really practical Toy with Move or play with something to occupy your hands He TOYED WITH his cup Toy with Treat insincerely He thought she loved him but she was just TOYING WITH him Track down Find after a long search It took me ages to TRACK them DOWN in the crowd at the football game Trade down Sell something and replace it with something cheaper Their house it too large now that their children have left home so theyre going to TRADE DOWN to something smaller Trade in Exchange something old as part of the price of something new She TRADED IN her old car for the new model Trade in Leave your wife or husband to marry someone younger He TRADED IN his wife when he became the chairman Trade off Bargain make a deal or compromise A longer working week was TRADED OFF for a pay rise Trade off Accept something you dont really want to We had to TRADE OFF space for the
Learning English with easypacelearningcom get something you do want location when buying the apartment Trade on Exploit use something to your advantage He TRADES ON their insecurity to get his way Trade up Buy larger or more expensive items British wine drinkers have TRADED UP over the last few years from cheap plonk to expensive wines Trade up Leave your wife or husband and marry someone better looking richer etc She supported him for years while he was struggling but when he hit the big time he left her and TRADED UP Trade upon Exploit use to your advantage They TRADE UPON their reputation to scare rivals Train up Teach someone the specific skills they will need to carry out a job or task I have been TRAINING my new assistant UP Trickle down Pass benefits from economic expansion through the economy to the less fortunate Despite the economic boom few benefits have TRICKLED DOWN to the poor Trip out Be under the influence of psychoactive drugs After taking the LSD he TRIPPED OUT for hours Trip over Fall I TRIPPED OVER and hurt my knee Trip over Fall because you hit an obstacle I TRIPPED OVER the kerb and broke my nose Trip up Make a mistake I TRIPPED UP in the interview when they asked me about what I could offer the company Trot off Leave The meeting was over so I TROTTED OFF Trot off to Go somewhere I TROTTED OFF TO see the dentist Trot out Make a statement meant negatively The spokeswoman TROTTED OUT the same old unconvincing excuses Trump up Charge or accuse someone falsely The police TRUMPED UP the charges against him and he ended up in prison though he hadnt done it Try back Phone back I called but they werent in so Ill TRY BACK later Try for Make an attempt to get something Im going to TRY FOR the job Try it on Provoke someone by being annoying or behaving badly The children were TRYING IT ON all night until I lost my temper Try it on Attempt to get something usually by deceit without great hopes of success He knew I wasnt got to let him do it- he was just TRYING IT ON Try on Put clothes on to see if they fit I TRIED the jacket ON before I bought it Try out Test Scientists are TRYING OUT a new drug in the fight against the disease Try out Test something to see if you like it or want to buy it I TRIED OUT the program before I bought it Try out for Be tested for a sports team He TRIED OUT FOR the baseball team Tuck away Put something in a safe place I TUCKED the money AWAY in my drawer
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Tuck away Eat a lot We TUCKED AWAY a huge dinner before we went out Tuck in Tidy the ends of items of clothing by placing them inside something I forgot to TUCK my shirt IN Tuck in Start eating enthusiastically The dinner smelled so good I couldnt wait to TUCK IN Tuck in Arrange the sheets duvet or blankets to make someone usually a child comfortable in bed He TUCKED her IN and read her a story Tuck into Start eating something I was starving and TUCKED INTO the food Tuck up Arrange the sheets duvet or blankets to make someone usually a child comfortable in bed She TUCKED her children UP in bed and switched the lights off Tune in Watch or listen to a TV or radio show Be sure to TUNE IN next week for the next episode Tune in to Watch or listen to a TV or radio programme Make sure you TUNE IN TO next weeks show Tune out Ignore not pay attention I TUNED him OUT because he was talking such rubbish Tune up Improve the performance of a machine or engine Hes TUNED his car UP for the race Tune up Tune a musical instrument before playing The orchestra TUNED UP their instruments before the concert Turn against Stop liking and start disliking The public TURNED AGAINST the government when they became arrogant and ceased to listen Turn away Not allow someone to enter a place The doorman TURNED him AWAY from the nightclub because he was wearing trainers Turn down Reduce volume temperature etc The room was too hot so she TURNED the heating DOWN Turn down Reject an offer invitation etc They offered her the job but she TURNED it DOWN Turn down Fold the top covers of a bed down to make it ready for someone to go to sleep The hotel staff TURNED DOWN the bed and scattered flower petals on it while we was having dinner Turn in Go to bed I TURNED IN at half past eleven because I had an early start the next morning Turn in Hand in submit She TURNED IN her paper Turn into Become Tadpoles TURN INTO frogs Turn off Stop a machine I TURNED the TV OFF and went to bed Turn on Cause someone to feel attraction or pleasure He really TURNS me ON Turn on Start a machine I TURNED the radio ON to get the weather forecast Turn on Attack The neighbours dog TURNED ON me
Learning English with easypacelearningcom when I tried to stroke it Turn out Produce The factory TURNS OUT three thousand units a day Turn out Produce an unexpected result It looked as if we were going to fail but it TURNED OUT well in the end Turn out Stop a light She TURNED OUT the lights and went to bed Turn out Attend Thousand TURNED OUT for the demonstration Turn over Give to the authorities The court ordered the company to TURN OVER their financial records Turn to Try to get help She had nobody to TURN TO when her husband died Turn to Take up a habit He TURNED TO drink after he lost his job Turn up Appear She didnt TURN UP for class today Turn up Increase volume temperature etc I TURNED the music UP full blast Type in Enter computer data or text He TYPED the text IN and printed it off Type out Write a full or finished version of a text on a computer She TYPED her essay OUT and handed it in a the last minute Type up Type a finished version She TYPED UP her lecture notes and printed them out Urge on Encourage The crowd URGED the players ON Urge on Persuade or pressure to accept something They URGED the deal ON the company Urge upon Persuade or pressure to accept something They URGED the contract UPON us Use up Finish or consume all of something We USED UP all the olive oil Usher in Be at mark or celebrate an important point in time We always give a party USHER IN the NEW YEAR Usher in Make important changes happen Her appointment as CEO USHERED IN a whole new phase in the companys growth Vacuum up Consume He VACUUMED UP all of the food Vamp up Make something more exciting attractive etc The place is dull and you need to VAMP it UP Vamp up Invent maker up improvise I had to VAMP UP a reason for being so late Veg out Relax do nothing Im going to VEG OUT in front of the TV tonight Venture forth Leave somewhere safe or comfortable If the storm has finished we could VENTURE FORTH Wade in Start something or get involved often without thinking or to forcefully He just WADED IN without listening to what anyone had to say Wade in Attack The hooligans WADED IN when they saw fans from the other team Wade into Become embroiled or involved in a They WADED INTO the negotiations and
Learning English with easypacelearningcom situation without thinking or planning usually the deal collapsed Wade through Get to the end of something with difficulty It took me ages to WADE THROUGH the book Wait about Wait somewhere doing nothing I WAITED ABOUT for an hour but they didnt come Wait around Wait somewhere doing nothing They were just WAITING AROUND to see if anything was going to happen Wait behind Stay somewhere after other people have left I WAITED BEHIND to ask the lecturer a question Wait in Stay at home because someone is going to visit I WAITED IN for the guy to fix the TV Wait on Serve people in a restaurant They have two people WAITING ON each table Wait on Sell goods in a shop He WAITS ON customers in an electronics store Wait on Provide someone with everything they need or want He has a butler who WAITS ON him Wait on Wait for a result before being able to make a decision Theyre WAITING ON the results of the vote before taking a final decision Wait out Wait till something has finished usually something unpleasant Well have to WAIT OUT this uncertainty Wait up Not go to bed because you are waiting I was worried and WAITED UP until they got home safe and sound Wait up Stop imperative Wait up I need to talk to you Wait upon Provide someone with what they require They used to have servants WAITING UPON them Wait upon Wait for a result before being able to make a decision They must WAIT UPON the outcome of the match before they know who theyll be playing Wake up Stop sleeping I WOKE UP at half past six this morning Walk away from Leave something you dont like You cant just WALK AWAY FROM your problems Walk away with Win easily She WALKED AWAY WITH the first prize Walk back from Retract a statement They declined to WALK BACK FROM their comments despite the controversy Walk in on Enter somewhere unexpectedly and see something He WALKED IN ON them planning to sack him Walk into Get work without effort He WALKED INTO a great job straight after university Walk into Be unaware of the presence of something and either enter it a trap or bump into it an obstruction You WALKED INTO that one You became victim to a trap I setorI WALKED INTO a door and broke my nose Walk off Go for a walk to reduce the effects of an illness or bad feeling I tried to WALK OFF my hangover
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Walk off with Win easily He WALKED OFF WITH the award Walk off with Take something without permission or steal Someone WALKED OFF WITH my umbrella so I got soaked Walk on Continue walking I saw the accident but just WALKED ON as I didnt want to have to give a statement Walk out Leave work because of a dispute with the management The workers WALKED OUT because the felt that safety wasnt being handled correctly Walk out Leave a place angrily or because you are not satisfied The film was a bore so I WALKED OUT halfway through Walk out on Leave somebody angrily He WALKED OUT ON his wife last year Walk through Explain or demonstrate something carefully to someone He WALKED me THROUGH the procedures Walk up Go to someone A man WALKED UP and asked me the time Waltz through Pass or succeed easily She WALTZED THROUGH the tests and got the highest score Wander off Leave a place usually without telling other people She WANDERED OFF and got lost in the crowd Wander off Stop paying attention The lecture was boring and my mind WANDERED OFF after ten minutes Want out Want to leave a relationship or arrangement Jackie wasnt happy with her marriage and WANTED OUT Warm up Do exercises before a sport The team WARMED UP half an hour before the volleyball match Wash away When floods or waves completely remove a structure building etc The ice cream stall on the beach was WASHED AWAY in the storm last night Wash down Drink in order to swallow something solid I WASHED the antibiotics DOWN with a glass of water Wash out Rain so heavily that an event has to be cancelled The rain WASHED OUT the championship final Wash over Suddenly experience a strong emotion He felt numb as grief WASHED OVER him Wash up Clean everything used to prepare food and eat it The children WASHED UP after lunch Wash up When something in the sea or river is left on the shore or bank After the crash several bodies WASHED UP on the beach Wash up Wash face and hands Be sure you and the kids WASH UP before dinner Waste away Become very thin and weak usually due to illness He WASTED AWAY as the cancer got worse Watch out Be careful imperative Watch out- theres ice on the road Watch out for Be careful of something WATCH OUT FOR bats in the caves many have rabies Watch over Keep an eye on something or someone to The lecturer WATCHED OVER the
Learning English with easypacelearningcom check that theres no trouble students as they did the experiment Water down Make something weaker and less effective The Freedom of Information Act was WATERED DOWN by the Government and didnt give ordinary people much access to official data files Wave aside Ignore or refuse to consider what someone says They WAVED ASIDE our objections and carried on with the plan Wave down Make a hand signal to stop a vehicle They WAVED the van DOWN and got a lift after the accident Wave off Go to a place where someone is leaving to wave goodbye We WAVED her OFF at the station Wave on Make a hand signal to tell someone to keep moving The accident was bad but the police WAVED us ON Wean off Slowly stop a dependency on something We will have to WEAN him OFF his obsession Wear away Erode remove gradually The lawn has been WORN AWAY by people walking across it and its just bare soil now with hardly a blade of grass Wear down Make something weaker The stress of my job is WEARING me DOWN Wear off Stop having an effect The anaesthetic WORE OFF and my tooth started hurting Wear out Use something until it stops working She played the video so many times that she WORE the tape OUT Weed out Remove get rid of The company WEEDED OUT the unsuccessful sales reps Weigh down on Burden with responsibilities duties etc The requirements of her new job WEIGHED DOWN ON her Weigh in Have a certain weight in sports like boxing The champion WEIGHED IN at 120 kilos Weigh in Enter an argument forcefully He disliked the plan and WEIGHED IN with some heavy criticism Weigh in on Enter an argument or discussion to express a strongly felt idea She WEIGHED IN ON their immigration policies Weigh on Make someone consider carefully The issues raised WEIGHED ON her mind Weigh out Measure a certain amount of something by weight Could you WEIGH OUT 200 grammes of that for me Weigh up Assess They WEIGHED the pros and cons UP carefully before deciding Weird out Disturb cause concern or worry The way he spoke was WEIRDING me OUT Well up Feel tears starting I felt tears WELLING UP when I heard the news Well up Feel an emotion strongly Anger WELLED UP inside us when we saw what they had done Well up Experience an emotion or feeling start to Tears WELLED UP when I heard they
Learning English with easypacelearningcom cry had died Wheel around Turn quickly and face in the opposite direction When he heard the whistle he WHEELED AROUND to see what was happening Wheel out Use something like an explanation that has been used many times before and has lost its impact They WHEELED OUT the same old excuses last time this happened Wheel round Turn quickly and face in the opposite direction She WHEELED ROUND when he told her to stop While away Spend time doing something because you have nothing better to do We WHILED a couple of hours AWAY playing computer games Whip into Enter rapidly as for a brief errand Ben WHIPPED INTO the convenience store for a bag of crisps Whip out Remove quickly The police officer WHIPPED OUT her radio and called for back-up Whip out of Exit rapidly Lola WHIPPED OUT OF a side street without looking and broadsided a police car Whip through Do something quickly She WHIPPED THROUGH the task Whip up Make food quickly We got back late and WHIPPED UP dinner Whip up Mix liquid food quickly to make it thick and creamy I WHIPPED UP the egg whites Whip up Make people feel more strongly about something The boss tried to WHIP UP some support for her new policies Whisk away Take to another place quickly The police WHISKED the minister AWAY when the trouble started White out Use correction fluid to cover a mistake in a written text Could you pass the Tippex I need to WHITE this mistake OUT Wig out Become excited and lose control He WIGGED OUT when he heard that he had failed Wiggle out Avoid doing He was supposed to be in charge but tried to WIGGLE OUT Wiggle out of Avoid doing something I WIGGLED OUT OF having to work late Wimp out Not be brave enough to do something I was going to have the hottest curry on the menu but I WIMPED OUT and had a mild lamb Korma instead Wind down Relax Im going to WIND DOWN in the country this weekend and do nothing Wind down Slowly close a business or organisation They WOUND the committee DOWN after the inquiry Wind on Forward a film or tape to a certain point He WOUND the video ON to show us the scene Wind up Close a company because its unprofitable The company was WOUND UP when the creditors demanded payment
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Wind up Tighten the spring in a watch or clock to make it work I forgot to WIND UP my alarm clock and overslept Wind up Irritate someone or increase their stress level especially if done deliberately The children are really WINDING me UP Winkle out Find or get something that takes a great deal of effort It took me a while to WINKLE the truth OUT of him Wipe out Make someone very tired Revising for the exam last night WIPED me OUT Wipe out Kill all of a population make extinct A meteor crashing into the planet WIPED the dinosaurs OUT Wire up Make electrical connections She WIRED her new stereo system UP as soon as she got home Wise up Stop being stupid His supervisor told him to WISE UP and start following the rules or else hed lose his job Word up Give someone information advice The solicitor WORDED her UP client before the police interview so they go very little out of him Word up A phrase that was used a greeting Word up You OK Work off Exercise to remove stress or weight She goes to the gym to WORK OFF her anger Work on Improve or develop Scientists are WORKING ON genetically modified crops and foods Work out End nicely Things were going wrong for them but fortunately it all WORKED OUT in the end Work out Find the answer or solution I couldnt WORK OUT all the answers to the crossword puzzle Work over Assault beat up They WORKED him OVER and robbed him Work over Repeat do again They WORKED it OVER until they had got it right Work over Examine carefully They WORKED OVER the market looking for bargains Work through Deal with resolve a problem often emotional It took him a long time to WORK THROUGH his anger after he lost his job Wrap around Cover with clothing usually to keep warm She WRAPPED a scarf AROUND her head because it was so cold Wrap around Cover or encircle with part of your body He WRAPPED his arms AROUND her Wrap round Cover with clothing usually to keep warm He WRAPPED the cloth ROUND his fingers to keep warm Wrap round Cover or encircle with part of your body She WRAPPED her arms ROUND him Wrap up Cover in paper They WRAPPED UP the presents then put a ribbon around them Wrap up Dress warmly WRAP UP carefully or youll catch your
Learning English with easypacelearningcom death of cold outside in that rain Wrap up Finish That WRAPS things UP so well end this meeting Wriggle out of Avoid doing something in a way other people dont like He always manages to WRIGGLE OUT OF any extra work we get Write down Make notes I WROTE her mobile number DOWN on a scrap of paper and Ive lost it Write in Send a letter to a TV station etc They asked viewers to WRITE IN with their opinions and suggestions Write off Destroy a car in an accident He WROTE the car OFF in an accident on the motorway Write out Write something completely I WROTE OUT my notes in full to help me remember them Write up Make complete written version I WROTE UP the report and submitted it Yack on Talk continuously especially if it is an annoying way He YACKED ON for an hour Yammer on Talk continuously especially if it is an annoying way She YAMMERED ON for ages Yield to Surrender I tried hard to resist but in the end I YIELDED TO temptation and ate it all Zero in on Direct or focus attention on The police have ZEROED IN ON the man they believe to be responsible for the murder Zero in on Head for move towards The hurricane is ZEROING IN ON Florida Zero out Cut off funding for a project The debt was ZEROED OUT by the department Zero out Reduce to zero cancel remove The entry was ZEROED OUT of the database Zip around Move quickly We ZIPPED AROUND the supermarket to get the shopping done Zip by Pass quickly The motorbike ZIPPED BY the cars stuck in the traffic jam Zip it Keep quiet say nothing He told me to ZIP IT so I said nothing Zip up Keep quiet He was being stupid in the meeting so we told him to ZIP UP Zone in Pay attention after not doing so I was bored at first but then ZONED IN when things started getting more interesting Zone in on Pay attention after not doing so I ZONED IN ON what they were saying when they started gossiping Zone out Not pay attention She ZONED OUT during the lecture because it was so boring Zone out Dissociate yourself from a situation I put some ambient music on and ZONED OUT Zonk out Fall asleep I ZONKED OUT during the film and missed most of it
Learning English with easypacelearningcom Zoom in Focus more closely The camera ZOOMED IN to show peoples faces Zoom in on Focus more closely The camera ZOOMED IN ON his face Zoom off Go somewhere quickly He rushed out of the building and ZOOMED OFF in his car Zoom out Focus less closely The camera ZOOMED OUT to show all the crowd
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