plug sth in
look out for
pay attention in order to try to notice something
For example: When I'm writing, I need to _____ ____ ____ silly mistakes and try to avoid them.
to manage to get something (with some effort/by chance)
For example: Jobs are hard to ____ ____ these days.
I _____ ___ this teddy when I was looking in my mum's house last year.
work out (1)
do some exercise (often at the gym)
For example: I ____ ____ for 3 hours every day.
work out (2)
to find the answer to something
For example: We ____ed ____ the answers very easily.
begin doing sth (hobby)
For example: I ______ ____ ice hockey last year.
give something to a person in authority, especially a piece of work or something that is lost
For example: Somebody _____ed in my glasses when I lost them at the station.
(of a person) to arrive
For example: The students ____ed ___ late for class.
to be communicated or understood; to succeed in communicating something
For example: The teacher always _____s her ideas ______ very well.
to continue studying, working, etc. somewhere for longer than expected or after other people have left
For example: She's _____ing ____ at university to do research.
get down to
to begin to do something; to give serious attention to something
For example: Let's ____ ____ ____ business.
I like to ____ ____ ____work by 9.
pick sb up
to go somewhere in your car and collect somebody who is waiting for you
Synonym = collect
For example I'll ____ you ____ at five.
keep up with (1)
to know what is happening in the news
For example: It's difficult to _____ ___ ____ the news without a TV.
keep up with (2)
to stay level with / move at the same pace as
For example: Slow down—I can't ____ _____ _____ you!
I can't ____ _____ _____ all the changes.
to do and complete a task
For example: to ___ ____ an inquiry/an investigation/a survey
We ______ed ___ a survey on staff attitudes.
to examine or check something carefully
For example: ____ _____ your work before you hand it in.
if a supply of something runs out, it is used up or finished
For example: Time is ____ing ____ for the trapped miners.
drop out (of)
1. to no longer take part in or be part of something
For example: He has _____ed _____ of active politics.
2. to leave school, college, etc. without finishing your studies
She started a degree but _____ed _____ after only a year.
to stop doing or having something
For example: She didn't ____ ___ work when she had the baby.
I want to ____ ____ smoking.
to reject or refuse to consider an offer, a proposal, etc. or the person who makes it
Synonym = reject
For example: Why did she _____ _____ your invitation?
He has been ______ed _____ for ten jobs so far.
recover from + illness / a person you have ended a relationship with
For example: Medecine will help you ____ ____ your cold faster.
It took me ages to ____ ____ my last boyfriend, but now I'm happy with David.
to break into pieces because the object is old or badly made
For example: I bought a new table, but when I got it into my house it ____ _____.
The house is _____ing apart.
to be all sold
For example: The tickets _____ ____ within hours.
This week's performances are completely _____ _____.
to remove something because it is not wanted or needed, or in order to leave a clear space
For example: It's time your toys were _____ed ______.
to make sth better
For example: I need to _____ ___ my speaking if I want to pass the exam.
help sb out
For example: Tell me if I can ___ you ____ in any way.
to begin something or become involved in something
For example: to _____ _____ an agreement
to _____ _____ negotiations
to meet somebody, especially by arrangement (often about social situations)
For example: We will _____ ____ again later for a drink.
to say that something is true when it may not be
Synonym = claim
For example: She's not as rich as people _____ ____.
to manage to do or complete something
For example: Let's start—there's a lot to _____ _____.
put yourself out
to make a special effort to do something for somebody
For example: Please don't ____ ____ ____ on my account.
She's always ready to _____ _______ _____ for other people.
to stop having a relationship with somebody
For example: My parents ____ ___ last year.She's ____ ___ with her boyfriend.
to have enough money for the basic things you need to live
For example: You can't _____ _____ forty pounds a week.
pick sth up (1)
learn / to get information or a skill by chance rather than by making a deliberate effort
For example: She _____ed _____Spanish when she was living in Mexico.
For example: _____ two ____ from six and you get four.
put up with
to accept somebody/something that is annoying, unpleasant, etc. without complaining
Synonym = tolerate
For example: I don't know how she ____s ___ ____ him.
to have an argument with somebody so that you are no longer friendly with them
For example: When I was a kid, I used to ____ ____ WITH my best friend at least once a week!
come down with
to get an illness that is not very serious
For example: I think I'm _____ing _____ ____ flu.
to meet or find somebody/something by chance
For example: I _____ ______ a man sleeping on the stairs.
to not be completed, or not happen (of plans)
For example: Our plans _____ _______ because of lack of money.
pick sth up (2)
For example: I'd advise you not to _____ that heavy suitcase ______.
to make somebody lose interest in or enthusiasm for something/somebody
For example: He was _____ _____ science by bad teaching.
to happen, especially after previously being arranged or planned
Synonym = be held
For example: The film festival _____s ______ in October.
to create something or start it
For example: to _____ ____ a business
A fund will be _____ ____ for the dead men's families.
to delay the progress of something/somebody by a particular time (often used with plans / projects)
For example: The bad weather _____ ______ the building programme by several weeks.
to delay or block the movement or progress of somebody/something (often used with vehicles e.g. place, car, train)
For example: An accident is _____ing ____ traffic.
get round to
to find the time to do something
For example: I meant to do the ironing but I didn't ____ ______ _____ it.
come up with
to find or produce an answer, a sum of money, etc
For example: She _____ ______ _____ a new idea for increasing sales.
be fed up
bored or unhappy, especially with a situation that has continued for too long
For example: People are _____ ____ WITH all these traffic jams.
She was _____ _____ WITH her job at the supermarket.
get sb down
to make somebody feel sad or depressed
For example: Don't let it ____ you ______ too much.
return sth to the place/person you bought/borrowed it from
For example: Don't forget to _____ _____ the broken clock - we need to get our money back.
to reduce something
For example: If we don't sell more we'll have to _____ _______ production.
to ____ ______ ON spendING
I really need to _____ ______ ON the amount I'm drinking.
to mention a subject or start to talk about it
For example: ______ it ____ at the meeting.
to move something to an earlier date or time
Also = move forward
For example: The meeting has been _______ ________ from 10 October to 3 October.
to put your possessions into a bag, etc. before leaving a place
For example: Are you ______ing ____ already? It's only 4 o'clock.
We arrived just as the musicians were ______ing _____ their instruments.
...TO sb FOR sth
to write to somebody and ask them to send you something by post/mail
For example: I've _____ ____ for some books for my course.
catch up with
to reach the same level as someone else
For example: I found out really hard to _____ ____ _____ everyone in the class after I was off sick.
I couldn't _____ ____ _____ him.