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- Allow entry.
- I told the doorman that this was a private party but he still let half the town in.
- Not punish.The judge let her off because of her age.
- He said that at ninety-seven prison would serve no purpose.
- Allow to leave; make clothes bigger.
- I had to sit through the whole concert because the doorman wouldn't let me out.I've put on a stone in the past six months. None of my clothes fit me, and I've had to let my suit out twice so I can wear it to the wedding.
- Begin smoking; illuminate something.
- He lit a cigarette up next to the dynamite. No wonder he blew himself to pieces.They light the palace up when it gets dark. It looks quite spectacular at night with all the floodlights on.
- Cease being embarrassed.
- I can't believe I spilled red wine down the cardinal's surplice. I'll never live it down, and he won't let me, you can be sure of that.
- Play with something carelessly.
- I was messing around with the computer and I think I deleted some important files. Now I can't get it to work
- Mishandle a situation.
- Everything was arranged. All you had to do was shake a few hands, but you messed it all up completely by trying to be cleverer than you are.
- Think about something.
- He said he would have to mull the problem over and tell us his decision in the morning.
- Give something to everyone present.
- Could you pass this leaflet around at your next meeting? I'm sure your delegates will be interested
- Decline an opportunity.
- I don't believe that you passed the chance up to go out with her. Most men would give their right arm just to speak to her.
- Give a message to someone.
- Could you pass the message on to him when you speak to him? Tell him it's very important.
- Repay money; get revenge.
- He said he would pay the money back by last Friday. Well, he hasn't and now it's the time to pay him back for ignoring our little agreement. We need to send out the message that nobody cheats on us.
- Settle a debt.
- We've just paid our mortgage off after twenty years. Now the house is ours.
- Gather together; (vehicle) take passengers.
- Look at the mess in here! Pick all the pieces up and put them back in the box.I'll pick you both up at half-past from outside the bus station. I'll be driving a red Ford Focus.
- Make something seem less important.
- We should play the importance of this accident down. If the press realise the true significance we'll be in real trouble.
- Make people aware of something.
- The ice shelf is melting faster than we anticipated. I think I pointed this fact out to you at our last meeting
- We're going to pull these old buildings down to make way for the new houses.
- Act in a more reasonable manner.
- You had better pull yourself together before the interview, or they'll think you're crazy and you'll never get the job.
- Return something to its place.
- Put the books back on the shelf and leave the library, we're closing
- Install or add to.
- Put some money in the box and you can make a wish.I'm having a new washing machine put in next week.
- We need to put the invasion off until the weather improves. I think we should be able to begin in two days.
- Increase in weight
- He's put about twenty kilos on since the last time I saw him. It's all muscle. He looks like the Terminator!
- Accommodate in your house; increase payments
- Are you sure you can put me up for the week? I'll have my own place again by Friday.
- Great! They're going to put the council tax up again. Another fifty quid a year to find!
- Become silent
- You'll have to quiet that baby down or they'll hear us. It's making far too much noise. Can't you feed it or something?
- Bring back to the public's attention
- Every year the press seems to rake that nonsense up about the accident. Why can't they just forget about it?
- Return a call by telephone
- Florence rang. She seemed upset. Why don't you ring her back and find out what the matter is?
- Telephone someone
- I thought I told you not to ring me up at home? What if my wife answered it?
- Cleanse with water
- Quickly! Rinse that wine off your shirt before it stains.
- Cleanse with liquid
- That's the filling done, Mr Jackson. Now, rinse your mouth out with this antiseptic
- I can't rule the chance out that the police may want to speak to you again. If they do want to, give me a call and I'll go to the police station with you.
- Hit a pedestrian with a vehicle; cause exhaustion
- He ran an old lady down and didn't even stop to see how badly she was hurt. She's in hospital with a broken hip.
- I hate hare coursing. The way the dogs run the hare down and then kill it when it's exhausted.
- Make copies of
- I asked the printer to run a thousand copies off. That's enough for every member of staff to have their own copy of the magazine.
- Accumulate things, especially money
- If you want a new cycle you'll have to save your pocket money up instead of wasting it on sweets and comics.
- I saved all the comics up and sold them to buy a new bike.
- Continue with something to finality
- I started the journey and was determined to see it through to the end, no matter how difficult it was.
- Chase away; say goodbye to travellers
- That bloody cat from next door is always digging up the garden. I'm going to buy a dog to see it off.
- They left on the eight o'clock flight. We went to the station to see them off.
- Return something
- I don't like the colour of the curtains. I'm going to send them back to the shop to get a refund.
- Despatch something somewhere
- I'd be interested in reading the report. Why don't you send it over with the courier?
- That storm set us back by at least a day. It'll be a miracle if we can complete the crossing to New York in time for the celebrations.
- Write something as a record
- I'll set down the rules of the house on this paper so there can be no argument later about what you can or can not do.
- Prepare equipment; start a company
- I set the computer network up myself. I couldn't afford a technician because I had just set the business up and money was tight.
- Display with pride; enhance the qualities of
- She loves to show her piano skill off to anyone who shows an interest.
- That new dress really shows your hair off to best advantage, Julia. You look gorgeous!
- Close, prevent access, stop the flow of
- The police have shut Church Street off after an accident.
- Before you take the cover off you must shut the electricity off. Otherwise you'll be electrocuted.
- Be very critical of
- You can slag me off as much as you want, but I know you're only jealous because I'm the one marrying him, not you!
- Lessen the progress of something
- That burst water pipe will slow the building work up considerably. We'll have to pump the water out before the workers can get back to work.
- Explain in great detail
- She's the slowest student I ever had. If I don't spell everything out for her she just doesn't understand.
- Fail to attend an arranged meeting or date
- She was so upset when he stood her up at the cinema last night. She had to see the film on her own.
- Look intensely at someone with ill feeling
- She tried to stare me down but I just ignored her. So what if she used to be his girlfriend, I'm his wife now.
- Begin something
- I'll start off the meeting by telling the members how much money has been spent in the past year on stationary alone.
- Clean using a brush
- We need to sweep all that dirt out of the stables before we put the fresh straw in.
- Induce nostalgia; retract a statement, admit an error
- That smell takes me back to when I was a little boy. It reminds me of my grandmother's house.
- You'd better take that statement back or you'll be hearing from my lawyers. It's a damn lie!
- Write notes; remove something; stop an opponent
- The policeman took everything down that I said in his notebook.
- You shouldn't take your Christmas decorations down until the twelfth night. It's bad luck.
- Carlisle's defence brought the United striker down unfairly. The referee declared a penalty.
- Comprehend; deceive; make clothes smaller
- I was thinking of something else and didn't take much of what was said in, I'm afraid.
- She took me in with her story until I found out she had lied all along.
- I lost too much weight and they had to take my dress in before the wedding.
- Assume control of a company of organisation
- Mr Nelson's company will take our company over on the first of April. From then on Mr Nelson will be in charge and you should direct further questions to him.
- They tore my house down while I was on holiday. Apparently a lorry crashed into the front and it would have fallen down anyway.
- Rip into pieces; destroy
- You might as well tear that contract up for what it's worth. They've gone out of business and can't honour it.
- They've torn the pavement up to make way for a new cycle path.
- Distinguish between two things
- My husband is a twin. Sometimes it's difficult to tell him apart from his brother because they are both so alike.
- Talk angrily to someone for something they did
- My father told me off for coming home late last night, and now I can't go out for the rest of the week.
- Consider something
- I don't know if I approve of your plans for the caf�. I'll have to think it over for a while and consider the consequences of such dramatic changes.
- Consider all possibilities
- I think the business failed because we hadn't thought all the problems through before we started.
- Create or invent
- Flight! Whoever thought that up must have been either crazy or a genius
- Discard without consideration
- There are people out there who want to use you and then just throw you away when they have finished with you
- Cover with something
- They came racing up the stairs with a bucket of sand, ready to throw it over what we assumed was an incendiary bomb.
- Secure something with cord, string, rope etc.
- White attacked the couple, tied them up and forced him and Sheila Stroud to drive to the beach.
- Drain the energy from, exhaust
- All you end up doing is millions of conferences that just tire you out and exhaust you.
- Improve the appearance of; touch sexually
- I'm too lazy to paint the whole room so I just touched the bits up that were very dirty or worn.
- Dirty sod tried to touch me up in the lift. Put his hand under my skirt. I didn't half slap him on the face, I can tell you. He won't try that again in a hurry.
- Wear clothes to check the fit
- I tried the jacket and the trousers on before I bought them. They were a perfect fit.
- Test something
- I'd like to try the car out before I buy it. Do you have one I could borrow for the day?
- The good thing about the computer program is you can try it out before you buy it.
- Reduce in intensity; reject an offer
- Turn the fire down. It's very hot in here.
- Thanks for the invitation, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to turn it down. I've already agreed to go to Mary's party.
- Attract or give pleasure; start a machine or device
- She really knows how to turn me on! I just can't get enough of her.
- Turn the lights on! It's very dark in here.
- Produce something; extinguish a light source
- My factory can turn thirty thousand clips out an hour. That's much faster than an army could do it by hand.
- Quick! Turn the lights out! There's a cop coming and he'll see us.
- Removal of a structure by the action of water
- That was a very high tide last night. It's completely washed my front wall away.
- Have a drink to help swallow something
- Here, have a drink of water to help wash those tablets down.
- Remove contaminant with water
- That's paint stripper! You'd better wash it off your car roof or you'll have no paint left. Use plenty of water.
- Ruin of an event due to rain
- The rain washed the festival out this year. It's a shame. So many people put in so much work to make it happen. Perhaps it'll be better weather next year.
- Remove gradually, erode
- The action of the waves over millennia has worn the cliffs away leaving strange columns of limestone standing in the water.
- Weaken; reduce through use
- My job has begun to wear me down. It's so stressful. I think I have to get another one soon.
- Fifty thousand miles and I've worn two sets of tyres down on my car. Now I have to replace them for the third time this year.
- se something to destruction
- I only ever buy one pair of shoes. A good pair that will last a long time. Then I wear them until I wear them out. Then I buy another pair.
- Slowly close a company
- At least we had plenty of warning of the closure. No one buys cathode ray tubes anymore so we've been winding production down for the past six months. With TFT screens becoming more popular it was inevitable that we should close the company.
- Irritate; close and unprofitable company; tighten
- It really winds me up that the management didn't pre-warn us that they were winding the company up.
- Twice a day I have to wind every clock up in the house or they stop working. Twelve clocks is eleven too many.
- Remove contaminants using a cloth or similar
- Waitress! Can you wipe the crumbs off this table? We'd like to eat.
- Kill an entire population
- If a big meteorite or an asteroid hit the Earth they think that it would completely wipe humans out, just like the dinosaurs.
- Physical action to lose weight or change mood
- Lose weight! Work those pounds off in the gym.
- Japanese factories have a stress room where employees can work their frustrations off by hitting life-size dummies resembling their
- Find a solution to a problem
- They had some big difficulties in the first years of their marriage but they worked them out. They're still married after forty years.
- Work the answer out for yourself. Just read the instructions.
- Destroy something in an accident
- How is your car now? It was a bad accident."
- They say I've written it off. I hope the insurance pays out soon because I really need a new one."
- Write something entirely
- I normally have to write my notes out completely if I'm to remember anything at all about the lessons. It takes a long time, but I get much better exam results.
- Make a complete written account
- I wrote the report up and submitted it to the prosecutor. Now they knew as much about the incident as I did.