adhere to We abided by the rules.
explain He accounted for the discrepancy.
request They asked for an extension.
depend on We are banking on good weather tomorrow.
be patient with Please bear with the delay.
be near, be next to Their excitement bordered on hysteria.
enter by force Thieves broke into the store.
develop from We want to build on our success.
suddenly enter He burst into the room.
demand This calls for an investigation.
ask, order We will call on you to give a speech.
find accidentally She came across some old papers.
discover We came upon a small lake.
share a secret The two friends confided in each other.
depend on We are counting on you.
use a short route I cut across the parking lot.
realize Finally the truth dawned on him.
stock, sell He deals in gold and jewels.
handle successfully She can deal with any situation.
settle on They decided on a course of action.
proceed without The chairman dispensed with formalities.
get rid of If he moves, he will have to dispose of his furniture.
emphasize He dwelt on the risks involved.
say more about Please enlarge on your proposal.
begin, commence The brothers entered into an agreement.
say more about Please expand on what you said before.
disapprove of Absenteeism is frowned on.
reach The store was so crowded, it was hard to get at the food.
become involved with I don't want to get into an argument.
recover from Have you got over the flu yet?
survive, finish I don't know how I can get through all this work.
oppose Don't go against the rules.
review I would like to go over the report again.
examine in detail Have you gone through the evidence?
look good with Those shoes don't go with that outfit.
become more attractive to I'm sure the idea will grow on you.
take precautions We must guard against possible attack.
depend on Everything hinges on her decision.
investigate Please inquire into the alternatives.
adhere to The train will keep to the schedule.
mock, make fun of Don't laugh at me!
start He launched into an explanation.
turn the pages She leafed idly through the book.
survive using What did you live on?
take care of I will look after the children.
investigate He will look into the situation.
examine quickly We looked through the magazines while we were waiting.
give up reluctantly She refused to part with her necklace.
be unkind to Because he was the youngest, the other boys picked on him.
hunt and eat; disturb Ospreys prey on fish; the idea preys on my mind.
prepare for We have provided for any emergency.
try to persuade It is hard to reason with an angry person.
calculate on I hadn't reckoned on being the center of attention.
be superior to He rose above his circumstances and managed to succeed.
find accidentally They ran across some interesting information.
meet accidentally I ran into my cousin downtown.
injured by a vehicle Children must be careful not to be run over by cars.
not be deceived by I instantly saw through the disguise.
ask to be sent You will have to send for your transcripts.
reluctantly accept Since there was no kale, we had to settle for cabbage.
support in a dispute Why did you side with him?
sit and endure It was all I could do to sit through the lecture without falling asleep.
support I hope you will stand by me.
represent What does the abbreviation etc. stand for?
adhere to We shall stick to the original plan.
find accidentally He stumbled across an interesting fossil.
survive using During the winter, we had to survive on turnips and parsnips.
resemble an ancestor He takes after his grandfather.
interfere with Someone has tampered with the lock.
mention She touched on many important subjects.
approach His behavior verges on rudeness.
slowly peruse We had to wade through a pile of documents.
guard The shepherd watched over the sheep
involve unwillingly Don't drag me into this discussion!
involve gradually We managed to draw her into the conversation.
teach by repetition We drummed the safety rules into the children.
control by fear The little girl frightened her brother into obeying her.
blame for Please don't hold my mistakes against me.
present to We will lay the evidence before the court.
allow to share Shall we let her into the secret?
understand Can you make anything of this message?
find other meanings You are reading too much into her remarks.
make antagonistic She likes to set people against one another.
order to attack We will set our dogs on any intruders.
persuade Can you talk him into changing his mind?
force upon We thrust the responsibility upon the treasurer.
add to in writing The terms were written into the lease
pass I wonder when the trouble will blow over.
disappear by boiling If the water boils away, the stew will burn.
overflow by boiling The soup boiled over.
recover He bounced back from his previous defeat.
work seriously You may fail your courses if you don't buckle down to work.
be widely accepted Do you think the idea will catch on?
become overcast Although it clouded over in the afternoon, the rain held off.
become less After a few days, the excitement died down.
bend over We were doubled up with laughter.
visit Please drop in any time.
become less The sound gradually faded away.
become less Attendance at the concerts has fallen off.
escape I hooked a fish, but it got away.
barely succeed She studied just hard enough to get by.
admit defeat I will never give in!
continue Please go on. Don't let me interrupt you.
become an adult What do you want to do when you grow up?
persist in He kept on changing the subject.
stop rising Prices finally leveled off.
contact a computer Do you know how to log on?
break contact with a computer system The system was overloaded, so I had to log off.
take possession of living quarters When are you moving in?
give up possession of living quarters He moved out yesterday.
go to sleep Half the bus passengers nodded off.
faint It was so hot, I almost passed out.
help If everyone pitches in, the work will be done in a few minutes.
pretend to agree Let's play along until we find out what his plans are.
arrive (of vehicles) The bus pulled in next to the curb.
leave (of vehicles) The train pulled out at ten o'clock.
leave They set off at six o'clock in the morning.
become peaceful After the excitement, the students found it difficult to settle down.
become used to How are you settling in to your new job?
arrive She showed up at noon.
not go to bed We stayed up until midnight.
resign He stepped down for health reasons.
intervene The government had to step in to save the business.
leave the ground The plane took off on time.
land (of planes) The plane touched down.
find a station on the radio We tuned in to listen to the hockey game.
beware Watch out! The roads are icy.
gradually disappear The feeling of excitement gradually wore off
support I will back up your story.
rescue If you run into difficulties, who will bail you out?
make something new fit for use I broke in my new hiking boots.
inhale We breathed in the fresh air.
exhale I breathed out a sigh of relief.
return She brought back her library books.
persuade We gradually brought her around to our point of view.
raise Bringing up children is never easy.
flatter We buttered him up, hoping that he would agree to our proposal.
ask to assist I think it is time we called in an expert.
cancel We called off the meeting.
telephone Why don't you call him up?
cheer, encourage I will be there to cheer you on.
fell They chopped down the dead tree.
tidy The mayor asked everyone to help clean up the city streets.
repel The goalie fended off every attack.
find with difficulty We managed to ferret out the information.
solve, understand I can't figure out what happened.
complete Please fill in this form.
complete I filled out the form.
make full We filled up the glasses with water.
return I gave back the bicycle I had borrowed.
send out Skunk cabbage gives off an unpleasant odor.
give to someone younger The tradition was handed down from father to son.
give to person in authority The students handed their assignments in to the teacher.
give to another person I am not sorry to hand the responsibility on to you.
transfer We had to hand the evidence over to the police.
break a telephone connection After receiving a busy signal, I hung up the phone.
restrain, delay He is so enthusiastic, it is hard to hold him back.
remove I am sure we can iron out every difficulty.
make unconscious Boxers are often knocked out.
accept eagerly The public lapped up the story.
put out of work The company laid off seventy workers.
leave, not bring I accidentally left my umbrella behind.
omit Tell me what happened. Don't leave anything out!
disappoint We will let him down if we don't arrive on time.
live so that past faults are forgotten This will be hard to live down!
find (information) We looked up the word in a dictionary.
invent She likes to make up stories.
not take advantage I couldn't pass up such an opportunity.
dismiss with a pension He was pensioned off at the age of sixty.
introduce gradually The new program will be phased in over the next six months.
cease gradually The practice will gradually be phased out.
collect You may pick up the papers at the office.
get a commitment When the guest speaker is pinned down, we can set a date for the conference.
de-emphasize He played down the importance of the news.
draw attention to She pointed out the advantages of the proposal.
finish We polished off the rest of the apple pie.
demolish Many old buildings are pulled down to make way for new ones.
succeed Do you think she can pull off her plan?
put in proper place It is time to put the toys away.
return to original location Please put the book back on the shelf.
postpone We cannot put off the meeting again.
recite a long list She reeled off a long list of names.
persuade to help We roped in everyone we could to help with the work.
erase Be sure to rub out all the pencil marks.
remove from consideration None of the possibilities can be ruled out yet.
reduce Because of lack of funds, we had to scale down our plans.
dispose of by selling We sold off all the books and furniture.
delay This could set back the project by several years.
stop from speaking by shouting The crowd shouted down the speaker.
dismiss as unimportant He attempted to shrug off the mistake.
select from others You have been singled out for special attention.
assess I quickly sized up the situation.
organize It will take some time to sort out this mess.
talk with to learn the opinion of We attempted to sound him out.
stammer They stammered out their apologies.
summarize He summed up the discussion in a few well-chosen words.
gather I attempted to summon up my courage.
absorb We tried to take in the new information.
invite to a restaurant May I take you out for supper?
assume control They will take over at the beginning of June.
discuss Let us talk it over before we decide.
destroy by tearing She tore up the letter.
consider I need some time to think it over.
invent What will they think up next?
search for and find We finally tracked him down at the bookstore.
give as part payment Why don't you trade in your old vacuum cleaner for a new one?
test clothes by putting them on I tried on the new suit, but it didn't fit me.
test by using Would you like to try out my fountain pen?
refuse admission The event was so popular that many people had to be turned away.
reverse direction Every fall the clocks must be turned back by one hour.
deactivate by using a switch I turned off the radio.
activate by using a switch Please turn on the light.
dilute The soup has been watered down.
gradually destroy by wearing or using My jacket is wearing out, although it is only a year old.
make a note I wrote down the instructions.
cancel, regard as They were forced to write off several irretrievable debts.
compose in writing I used my notes to write up the report.
raise She has drummed up support for the plan.
repair superficially They attempted to paper over their differences.
improve We tried to smooth over the situation
make a loud sound The loudspeakers blared out the music.The music blared out.
destroy by an explosion Troops blew up the bridge.The bridge blew up.
break into pieces The icebreaker broke up the ice. The ice broke up.
destroy by fire We burned down the old barn. The old barn burned down.
become calm I calmed down the child. The child calmed down.
become dry The sun dried out the earth. The earth dried out.
transmit We got our point across to the audience.Our point got across to the audience.
become lively He livened up the party. The party livened up.
recover from, survive.The doc pulled her through the illness.Shepulledthroughtheillness.
wrap into a cylinder I rolled up the window blind. The window blind rolled up.
close, stop working They shut down the factory. The factory shut down.
stop sleeping I woke her up. She woke up.
remove by washing We washed out the dye. The dye washed out.
gradually remove Water wore away the rock. The rock wore away.
gradually destroy by using I wore out the sweater. The sweater wore out
appear The sun broke through. The sun broke through the clouds.
survive without We had to do without. We had to do without electricity.
hit and bounce off The ball glanced off. The ball glanced off the wall.
not have They went without. They went without food.
stay near We hung around. We hung around the movie theater.
become involved in I joined in. I joined in the game.
relax in We lounged around. We lounged around the living room.
(of a crowd)move randomly. The students milled around.The studentsmilledaround thelobby.
pass I passed by. I passed by the house.
gather to give support We rallied round. We rallied round our class president.
succeed easily She sailed through. She sailed through the exam.
barely succeed They scraped through. They scraped through the course.
leave a road We turned off. We turned off the main highway
put a line through I crossed his name off. I crossed his name off the list.
distribute I passed the papers around. I passed the papers around the class.
conduct on a tour.We showed the visitors around. We showed the visitors around the city.
provide for temporarily.This money will tide me over.Thismoneywilltideme over the weekend.
warn to leave We were warned off. We were warned off the premises
add up to
amount to It is hard to see what that adds up to.
back down from
withdraw, avoid She never backs down from a challenge.
back out of
not fulfill I wish I could back out of the agreement.
boil down to
can be reduced to All his arguments boil down to a belief in the supernatural.
bow out of
withdraw He bowed out of the race.
brush up on
refresh knowledge of I must brush up on my English.
carry on with
continue with We carried on with our conversation.
catch up to
overtake The boy ran quickly to catch up with his friends.
clean up after
tidy for She spent half her time cleaning up after the children.
come down to
can be reduced to Your choices come down to these.
come down with
become ill with She came down with a cold.
come out in
develop He came out in a rash.
come up against
meet an obstacle They came up against many difficulties.
come up with
produce She came up with a solution to the problem.
creep up on
approach undetected Old age tends to creep up on one.
cry out for
urgently require The education system is crying out for improvement.
cut back on
reduce The government has cut back on spending.
do away with
abolish We want to do away with delays.
face up to
accept and deal with It is best to face up to one's problems.
fall back on
turn to for help Because of unexpected expenses, we had to fall back on our savings.
fit in with
be suited to You don't fit in with this group.
fool around with
not be serious, have as a hobby He likes to fool around with computers.
get away with
not be punished He got away with being late for school.
get down to
begin dealing seriously with It is time to get down to business.
get in on
manage to participate in I want to get in on the planning for the new school.
give up on
stop trying I've given up on the situation.
go along with
agree, not resist I'm willing to go along with your idea.
go back on
break a promise He never goes back on his word.
go through with
fulfill, carry out Are you going to go through with your plan to conduct a survey?
grow out of
become too big for My son has grown out of most of his clothes.
hold out for
not compromise We want to hold out for better conditions.
keep up with
be on the same level as She has a hard time keeping up with her brother.
lead up to
be a preparation for The first thirty chapters of the book lead up to the dramatic conclusion.
live up to
maintain a standard She has lived up to her reputation as a great singer.
log on to
contact a computer She logged on to the new system.
look down on
regard as inferior He looks down on his classmates.
look forward to
anticipate I'm looking forward to the holidays.
look out for
watch for Look out for fallen branches.
look up to
admire We looked up to her.
make up for
compensate for She tried to make up for her past mistakes.
pull out of
leave (of vehicles) The train pulled out of the station.
push on with
go ahead, continue I must push on with my work.
put up with
endure, tolerate Bus passengers must often put up with crowded conditions.
read up on
read about Whenever I travel, I like to read up on the place I am going to visit.
rub off on
acquire from someone Some of his enthusiasm has rubbed off on me.
run up against
meet One runs up against many different kinds of people.
send away for
order by mail We sent away for warm winter boots.
stick up for
defend, support Will you stick up for me?
stock up on
lay in supplies We should stock up on bananas.
talk down to
speak patronizingly He always talks down to people younger than he is.
walk away with
win easily They walked away with all the prizes.
watch out for
beware of Watch out for snakes.
wriggle out of
avoid She always tries to wriggle out of her responsibilities.
zero in on
focus on Let us zero in on the heart of the problem.
get over with
undergo, finish If I must visit the dentist, I prefer to get it over with as soon as possible.
let in on
allow to share We let them in on the secret.
play off against
encourage to fight In the last century, the British weakened their enemies by playing them off against one another.
put down to
attribute to We put his bad temper down to fatigue.
put up to
urge to do wrong She put me up to playing a trick on the teacher.
take out on
vent bad feelings on She took her dissatisfaction with her job out on her neighbors.
take up on
accept an offer I would like to take you up on your offer.
talk out of
dissuade from We tried to talk him out of retiring.