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ask someone out
Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie.
invite on a date
I asked around but nobody has seen my wallet.
ask many people the same question
add up to something
Your purchases add up to $205.32.
back something up
You'll have to back up your car so that I can get out.
back someone up
My wife backed me up over my decision to quit my job.
The racing car blew up after it crashed into the fence.
blow something up
We have to blow 50 balloons up for the party.
Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm.
stop functioning (vehicle, machine)
The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.
break something down
Our teacher broke the final project down into three separate parts.
divide into smaller parts
Somebody broke in last night and stole our stereo.
force entry to a building
break into something
The firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children.
break something in
I need to break these shoes in before we run next week.
wear something a few times so that it doesn't look/feel new
The TV station broke in to report the news of the president's death.
My boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America.
end a relationship
The kids just broke up as soon as the clown started talking.
start laughing (informal)
The prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren't looking.
break out in something
I broke out in a rash after our camping trip.
develop a skin condition
bring someone down
This sad music is bringing me down.
bring someone up
My grandparents brought me up after my parents died.
raise a child
bring something up
My mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports.
start talking about a subject
bring something up
He drank so much that he brought his
dinner up in the toilet.
We called around but we weren't
able to find the car part we needed.
phone many different places/people
call someone back
I called the company back but
the offices were closed for the weekend.
return a phone call
call something off
Jason called the wedding off because
he wasn't in love with his fiancé.
call on someone
The professor called on me for
ask for an answer or opinion
call on someone
We called on you last night but
you weren't home.
call someone up
Give me your phone number and I will call you up when we are in town.
You are still mad. You need to calm down before you drive the car.
relax after being angry
not care for someone/something
I don't care for his behaviour.
not like (formal)
You'll have to run faster than that if you want
to catch up with Marty.
get to the same point as someone else
We will get the hotel keys when we check in.
arrive and register at a hotel or airport
You have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 AM.
leave a hotel
Check someone/something out
The company checks out all new employees.
look at carefully, investigate
check out someone/something
Check out the crazy hair on that guy!
look at (informal)
She cheered up when she heard the good news.
cheer someone up
I brought you some flowers to cheer you up.
If everyone chips in we can get the kitchen painted by noon.
clean something up
Please clean up your bedroom before you go outside.
come across something
I came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.
The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough.
come down with something
My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend.
The woman came forward with her husband's finger prints.
volunteer for a task or to give evidence
come from somewhere
The art of origami comes from Asia.
count on someone/something
I am counting on you to make dinner while I am out.
cross something out
Please cross out your old address and write your new one.
draw a line through
cut back on something
My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods.
cut something down
We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm.
make something fall to the ground
Your father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle.
The bus driver got angry when that car cut in.
pull in too closely in front of another vehicle