C2.2, Objective Proficiency, Unit 11.1, Page 93 Phrasal verbs
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Blurt something (out)| blurt that...| blurt what, how, etc...|
to say something suddenly and without thinking carefully enough. E.g. She blurted it out before I could stop her.'She's pregnant,' Jack blurted. Blurt out a problem/ a secret.
Bottle something up
to not allow other people to see that you are unhappy, angry, etc, especially when this happens over a long period of time. E.g. Try not to bottle up your emotions. Bottle up a problem/ emotions.
Choke something back
to try hard to prevent your feelings from showing. E.g. to choke back tears/ emotions/ anger/ sobs
to protect yourself from difficult questions, criticisms, etc, especially by avoiding them. E.g. She managed to fend off questions about new tax increases. The Prime Minister fended off three challenges to her leadership.Fend off criticism/ a problem/ blows/ accusations.
to continue something at the same, usually high, level. Sp. mantener. E.g. The enemy kept up the bombardment day and night. We're having difficulty keeping up our mortgage payments. Well done! Keep up the good work/Keep it up! Keep up appearances. Even though they had lost their fortune, the Joneses wanted to keep up appearances.
Shoot sth down
to be very critical of somebody's ideas, opinions, etc. His latest theory has been shot down in flames. Shoot down an argument/ accusations.
Sweep something aside
to ignore something completely. E.g. All their advice was swept aside. Sweep aside an argument /accusations/ criticism.
Tease sth out
to spend time trying to find out information or the meaning of something, especially when this is complicated or difficult. E.g. The teacher helped them tease out the meaning of the poem. Tease out a problem/ a secret.
Tone something down
to make a speech, an opinion, etc. less extreme or offensive. E.g. The language of the article will have to be toned down for the mass market. Tone down criticism/ accusations.
Whip somebody/something up
to deliberately try and make people excited or feel strongly about something. To encourage strong emotions or behaviour in people. E.g. The advertisements were designed to whip up public opinion. He was a speaker who could really whip up a crowd.
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