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add up: His evidence just doesn't add up.
to make sense
ask after: Jim was asking after you.
ask for news of
back down: Sheila was right, so Paul had to back down.
yield in an argument
bargain for: We hand't bargained for there being so much traffic, and we missed the plane.
to take into account
bear out: Helen's alibi was borne out by her sister.
confirm the truth
break down: David broke down and wept when he heard the news.
to lose control emotionally or mentally
break off (sth.): He broke off to answer the phone.
end sth suddenly
break up: The party finally broke up at 3.00 A.M.
to end; to separate (a marriage / a family / a relationship / etc.)
bring about: The crisis was brought about by Brenda's resignation.
cause to happen
bring off: The team tried for years to win the competition and they finally brought it off.
to succeed in doing something
bring on: Sitting in the damp brought on his rheumatism.
cause the onset of an illness
After much discussion, I brought the committee round to my point of view.
influence someone to your point of view
I feel I ought to bring up another small matter.
call up: Mark was called up when the war broke out.
mobilise for military service
Jane had a difficult role to play, but she carried it off.
succeed in doing sth difficult
The attack was successfully carried out.
catch on: This new hair style is beginning to catch on.
to become popular (colloquial)
Let me explain how the situation came about.
Come down to: It all comes down to whether you are prepared to accept less money.
be in the end a matter of
come in for:
The government has come in for a lot of criticism over the decision.
receive - especially criticism, blame
I'm afraid that deal didn't come off after all
take place successfully
come out: All the flowers have come out.
When the news came out, everyone was shocked.
My photos didn't come out very well.
appear or become visible
Look, something has come up, and I can't meet you.
occur - usually a problem (colloquial)
come up against: We've come up against a bit of a problem.
meet a difficulty
come up to: Their play didn't come up to expectations.
equal - especially expectations, standard
come up with:
We still haven't come up with a solution to the problem.
to think of; to produce.
an idea / a plan / a suggestion etc.
Don't worry, you can count on me.
to rely on
I can't come to Your party. something has cropped up.
happen unexpectedly (colloquial)
do away with: Dog licences have been done away with.
to abolish (colloquial)
do up: We are having our living room done up.
to decorate (colloquial)
A white sports car drew up outside the door.
to come to a stop
draw up: The contract is being drawn up at the moment.
organize - especially a document
drop in: Drop in any time you're passing.
to pay a visit (colloquial)
The baby has just dropped off.
to fall asleep (colloquial)
We ended up staying there for lunch.
The car ended up in a ditch.
finish in a certain way or place
Face up to:
You have to face up to your responsibilities.
accept sth and try to deal with it
Everyone fell about when Jane told her joke.
show amusement - especially laughing (colloquial)
to fall back on: If the worst comes to the worst, we've got our savings to fall back on.
use as a last resort
It was an unlikely story but he fell for it.
to be deceived by
fall out with:
Peter has fallen out with his boss.
to quarrel with
to fall through:
Their holiday plan fell through when the children became ill.
to fail to happen or be completed (plans, arrangements, schemes, etc.).
Feel up to: Old Mr Smith didn't feel up to walking all that way.
feel capable of doing
follow up: Thanks for the information about that book. I'll follow it up.
act upon a suggestion
get across: I had the feeling I wasn't getting the meaning across.
make people understand something
get at: What are you getting at?
imply about personal matters (colloquial)
Get down to:
It's time we got down to some real work.
begin to seriously deal with
to get off with: They were lucky to get off with such light sentences.
Get on for:
He must be getting on for seventy.
approach a certain age/time/number
Sue is getting on very well in her new job.
to make progress
I couldn't get over how well she looked.
to get over with: I'll be glad to get this awful business over with.
come to the end of something, usually unpleasant
Get round to: Sorry, but I haven't got round to fixing the tap yet.
find time to do
Get up to:
The children are getting up to something in the garden.
What have you been getting up to lately?
do something bad (colloquial)
bring on: You have brought this on/upon yourself.
cause trouble to happen to oneself
do away with: What if they do away with the old man?
fall for: I fell for you the moment I saw you.
fall in love with (colloquial)
follow up: We'll follow up this lesson next week.
take more action
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