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  1. take a backseat (to SO/STH)
    • My homework had to take a backseat to football during the playoffs.
    • to become less important than someone or something else.
  2. take one's own life
    • Bob tried to take his own life, but he was stopped in time.
    • to kill oneself; to commit suicide.
  3. take one's pick of SO/STH
    • Please take your pick of desserts.
    • to be able to have one's choice of someone or something.
  4. take over
    • She took over the job after he left.
    • To assume the control or management of or the responsibility for:
  5. take part in STH
    to paticipate
  6. take/have/be given precedence over SO/STH
    • Ambulances have precedence over regular cars at intersections
    • My manager's concerns take precedence over mine.
    • the right to come before someone or something else; greater importance than someone or something else.
  7. take shape
    • My plans are beginning to take shape
    • [for something, such as plans, writing, ideas, arguments, etc.] to begin to be organized and specific.
  8. take sides
    • They were arguing, but I didn't want to take sides, so I left.
    • to choose one side of an argument.
  9. take some heat
    • The cops have been taking some heat about the Quincy killing.
    • Sl. to receive or put up with criticism (for something).
  10. take SO around
    show SO around
  11. take/catch SO by surprise
    • Oh! You took me by surprise because I didn't hear you come in.
    • to startle someone; to surprise someone with something unexpected.
  12. take it down a notch (or two)
    take it down a peg
    • The teacher's scolding took Bob down a notch or two.
    • Fig. to reprimand someone who is acting too arrogant.
    • reprimand: to tell SO officially that s/he has done STH wrong
  13. take SO for a ride
    • Would you take us for a ride in your boat?
    • 1. Lit. to carry someone about, usually for recreation, in a car, plane, boat, etc.
    • You really took those people for a ride. They really believed you.
    • 2. Fig. to deceive someone.
    • Mr. Big told Mike to take Fred for a ride.
    • 3. Fig. to take away and murder a person.
  14. take SO in
    • 1.to give SO shelter
    • 2.to deceive SO, suck SO in
    • I try to shop carefully so that no one can take me in.
  15. take SO/STH by storm
    • The army took city after city by storm.
    • 1. Fig. to conquer someone or something in a fury.
    • The singing star took the audience in each town by storm.
    • 2. Fig. to succeed overwhelmingly with someone, some place, or a group.
  16. take SO/STH off SO's hands
    • I would be happy to take your uncle off your hands for a few hours.
    • Fig. to relieve someone of the burden or bother of someone or something.
  17. take wrong
    • You'll probably take this wrong, but I have to say that I've never seen you looking better.
    • to misunderstand SO
  18. take SO out
    • to go out with: George is taking Susan out next week
    • to kill; murder: Two snipers took out an enemy platoon.
    • to give vent to: Don't take your frustration out in such an aggressive manner.
  19. take SO's head off
    • There is no need to take his head off about such a simple matter.
    • Fig. to scold or berate someone severely. to chew SO out
  20. take SO through STH
    • Would you mind taking Jerry through the factory? I would be happy to take him through.
    • to escort someone through something or some place.
  21. take SO under SO's wing(s)
    • One of the older children will usually take a new girl or boy under their wing for the first few weeks.
    • to help and protect someone, especially someone who is younger than you or has less experience than you
  22. take SO up on STH
    • I'll take you up on it!
    • to accept an offer
  23. take STH apart
    • to disassemble/ to damage or ruin / to criticise
    • Bobby took his bicycle apart.
    • The high wind took apart the roof and the fence.
    • The teacher took apart John's essay in front of the class.
  24. take STH at face value
    • He means what he says. You have to take him at face value. I take everything he says at face value.
    • to accept someone or something just as it appears; to believe that the way things appear is the way they really are.
  25. take a beating
    • The candidate took a beating in the primaries.
    • to be beaten, bested, or defeated.
  26. take a chance on SO/STH
    • I just couldn't take a chance on Walter, so I picked David.
    • I would never take a chance on that horse!
    • to gamble that something good might happen or that someone might do well
  27. take/have/give a crack at STH
    • All of us wanted to have a try at the prize-winning shot. Let Sally have a shot at it. If you let me have a crack at it, maybe I can be successful.
    • to take a turn at trying to do something. Give STH a shot!
  28. take a stab at SO
    (try at SO, a crack at SO)
    • Let me have a crack at him. I can make him talk.
    • an attempt to convince someone of something; an attempt to try to get information out of someone; an attempt to try to train someone to do something.
  29. take a stab at STH
    take a crack at STH
  30. take a whack at STH
    take/have/give a crack/shot/stab at STH
  31. take a go at STH
    take/have/give a crack/shot/stab at STH
  32. take action against SO/STH
    • The city council vowed to take action against the mayor.
    • I will take action against the company for its negligence.
    • to begin activity against someone or something.
  33. take a dive
    • 1.The A company took a big dive in profitability this year.
    • to plummet, plunge suddenly
    • 2. The boxer took a dive in the second round and made everyone suspicious.
    • to fake being knocked out in a boxing match.
  34. take a gander
    • Wow, take a gander at that new car!
    • to look at someone or something.
  35. take a hike!
    beat it!
  36. take a hint
    • I said I didn't want to see you anymore. Can't you take a hint? I don't like you.
    • to understand a hint and behave accordingly.
  37. take a jab/dig at SO
    • 1.Max took a jab at Lefty and missed. Lefty took a punch at Max.
    • to hit at someone; to poke someone.
    • 2. Jane is always taking digs at Bob, but she never really means any harm.
    • take a dig at someone. to insult or pester someone.
  38. take a leak
    • I gotta go take a leak. Back in a minute. He just went out to take a leak.
    • to go pee
  39. take a load off SO's mind
    • I'm glad to hear that. It sure takes a load off of my mind.
    • to relieve one's mind of a problem or a worry.
  40. take a load off SO's feet
    • to relieve one's mind of a problem or a worry.
    • (the same as take a load off SO's mind)
  41. take a long walk off a short pier
    • Take a long walk off a short pier! You bother me. Go play in the traffic.
    • get out of here
  42. take a lot out of SO
    • Hot days like this take a lot out of me.
    • to drain a lot of energy from someone.
  43. take a spill
    • Ann tripped on the curb and took a nasty spill
    • to have a fall; to tip over.
  44. take a nosedive
    • She took a nosedive and injured her face.
    • to fall to the ground face first.
  45. take a stand
    • The treasurer was forced to take a stand against the board because of its wasteful spending.
    • The treasurer took a stand, and others agreed.
    • to take a position in opposition to someone or something; to oppose or resist someone or something.
  46. take a swing at SO
    • He took a swing at me!
    • Tom took a swing at Bob, but Bob ducked out of the way.
    • to attempt to punch someone.
  47. take a turn for the better
    • Things are taking a turn for the better at my store.
    • to start to improve; to start to get well.
  48. take a turn for the worse
    • My job was going quite well; then last week things took a turn for the worse.
    • to start to get worse.
  49. take a whiff of STH
    • 1.Did you get a whiff of the turkey roasting?
    • Lit. the smell or odor of something.
    • 2. The boss got a whiff of the problems in the accounting department.
    • Fig. a bit of knowledge of something.
  50. take care of number one
    (take care of numero uno)
    • Mike, like everybody else, is most concerned with taking care of number one.
    • to take care of oneself.
  51. take charge
    • The president came in late and took charge of the meeting.
    • to take (over) control of someone or something.
  52. take cover
    • As soon as the firing started, we took cover behind a huge boulder.
    • to seek shelter from gunfire or other projectiles.
  53. take credit for STH
    • I can't take credit for the entire success. Toby helped a lot.
    • to allow people to believe that one has done something praiseworthy, whether or not one has actually done it.
  54. take five
    • Okay, everybody. Take five!
    • to take a five-minute rest period; to take a short break.
  55. take it away!
    • And now, here is the band playing "Song of Songs." Take it away!
    • Sally will now sing us a song. Take it away, Sally!
    • Start up the performance!; Let the show begin!
  56. take it easy on SO
    • Take it easy on Mary. She's been sick.
    • to be gentle on someone, something, or an animal.
  57. take it easy on STH
    • Take it easy on the soup. There's just enough for one serving for each person.
    • to use less of something (rather than more).
  58. take it from me!
    I know out of my experience, listen and believe me
  59. take it from the top
    • The conductor stopped the band and had the players take it from the top again.
    • Let's take it from the top and play it a bit softer this time.
    • to begin [again] at the beginning, especially the beginning of a piece of music.
  60. take it like a man
    • She said some really cutting things to him, but he took it like a man.
    • to suffer misfortune stoically.
  61. take it on the chin
    • They laid some blunt criticism on him, but he took it on the chin. I knew he could take it on the nose.
    • to stand up to something adverse, such as criticism. To endure punishment, suffering, or defeat.
  62. take it or leave it
    • That's my final offer. Take it or leave it.
    • take this one or none.
  63. take it out on SO/STH
    • Don't take it out on others.
    • To abuse (someone) in venting one's own anger.
    • 人、物に八つ当たりする。
  64. take it slow
    • Just relax and take it slow. You've got a good chance.
    • to go slowly and carefully
  65. take it to one's grave
    • I will never tell anyone. I'll take your secret to my grave
    • to carry a secret with one until one dies.
  66. take it upon oneself to do STH
    (make it one's business to do STH)
    • I know it doesn't concern me, but I made it my business to (or I took it upon myself to) call city hall because someone had to.
    • to do something on one's own even if it means interfering in something that does not directly concern one.
  67. take kindly to STH
    • My father doesn't take kindly to anyone using his tools.
    • to be agreeable to something.
  68. take my word for it!
    • Don't just take her word for it - go and see for yourself.
    • to believe that something is true because someone tells you it is, without making sure that it really is true
  69. taken aback
    • When I told my parents I was married, they were completely taken aback.
    • surprised and confused.
  70. take names
    • The boss is madder than hell, and he's taking names.
    • to make a list of wrongdoers. Often figuratively, referring to a schoolteacher making a list of the names of misbehaving students to be sent to the principal.
  71. take no prisoners
    • 1.The soldiers' orders were to take no prisoners.
    • Lit. to kill the enemy rather than seize the enemy as prisoners.
    • 2. The new manager takes no prisoners. He is ruthless and stern.
    • Fig. to be extremely ruthless with the opposition.
    • ruthless; not caring if you have to harm others to get what you want
  72. take off
    • I'm taking off, see ya!
    • to leave a place
  73. take off from work
    • Is Joseff taking off from work today?
    • to take a day off
  74. take on a new meaning
    • All these monuments take on a new meaning when you realize the amount of human artistry and skill it took to design and build them.
    • to become more meaningful or more significant , to acquire a new interpretation
  75. take one's eyes off (of) SO/STH
    • I couldn't take my eyes off Daisuke (or eyes off of him)
    • to cease looking at someone or something.
  76. take STH down
    • to beat
    • to destroy
    • to take notes
  77. Take it in stride
    • She faced a serious problem, but she was able to take it in her stride.
    • We were afraid that success would spoil her, but she just took it in stride.
    • Fig. to accept advances or setbacks as the normal course of events.
  78. take STH lying down
    • He insulted me publicly. You don't expect me to take that lying down, do you?
    • to endure STH unpleasant without fighting
  79. take STH out of context
    • You took her remarks out of context! You're the dishonest person, not her!
    • removed from the surrounding context of the event, thereby misrepresenting the intent of the utterance or report.
    • 言葉尻をとらえる
  80. take it personally
    • I want to tell you something, but please don't take it personally.
    • to interpret a remark as if it were mean or critical about oneself.
  81. take STH public
    • You gotta take it public—put it on the street—even when it's none of your business.
    • to make something known to the public.
  82. take STH to heart
    • Mary listened to Bob's advice and took it all to heart.
    • All Sue's advice was taken to heart by the show committee.
    • Fig. to consider that some comment is significant to oneself.
  83. take STH under advisement
    • It's a good idea, but I'll have to take it under advisement.
    • to hear an idea and think about it carefully.(=sleep on STH)
  84. take steps
    • I took steps to prevent John from learning what we were talking about.
    • Fig. to do what is necessary to prevent something.
  85. take the bitter with the sweet
    • If you intend to get married, you must be prepared to take the bitter with the sweet.
    • Prov. Accept the bad things as well as the good things that happen.
  86. take the easy way out
    • You can depend on Kelly to take the easy way out of a tough situation.
    • I'm not the type that takes the easy way out.
    • to get free of something by taking the path of least resistance.
  87. take the floor
    • 1.When I take the floor, I'll make a short speech.
    • Fig. to stand up and address the audience.
    • 2. They took the floor for the foxtrot. When the band played, everyone took the floor.
    • Fig. to go to the dance floor in order to dance.
  88. take the heat
    • The cops have been taking some heat about the Quincy killing.
    • Sl. to receive or put up with criticism (for something).
  89. take the initiative
    • Sometimes, in order to get things done, you have to take the initiative.
    • to activate oneself to do something even if one has not been asked to do it.
  90. take the law into one's own hands
    • The shopkeeper took the law into his own hands when he tried to arrest the thief.
    • Fig. to attempt to administer the law; to pass judgment on someone who has done something wrong.
  91. Take the liberty of doing STH
    • I took the liberty of ordering an entree for you. I hope you don't mind.
    • to do something for someone voluntarily; to do something slightly personal for someone that would be more appropriate if one knew the person better.
  92. Take the plundge
    • I'm not ready to take the plunge yet.
    • Sam and Mary took the plunge.
    • to marry SO
  93. take the rap for STH
    • I won't take the rap for the crime. I wasn't even in town.
    • Inf. to take the blame for (doing) something.
  94. take/pick up the slack
    • When Sue starts going out to work each day, Bob and the kids will have to take up the slack and help more at home.
    • to do the work which someone else has stopped doing, but which still needs to be done
  95. take the stage
    • Later in the day, the problems in the warehouse took the stage, and we discussed them until dinnertime.
    • Fig. to become the center of attention; to become the focus of everyone's attention.
  96. take the stand
    • I was in court all day, waiting to take the stand.
    • The lawyer asked the witness to take the stand.
    • to go to and sit in the witness chair in a courtroom.
  97. take the trouble to do STH
    to make an effort to do something (that one might not otherwise do).
  98. Take the words out of SO's mouth
    • That is exactly right! You took the words right out of my mouth!
    • When you said "expensive," you took the words right out of my mouth!
    • Fig. to say something just before someone else was going to say the same thing;
  99. take time out
    • He's taking time out between high school and starting at the university.
    • to spend time away from studying or working.
  100. take too much on
    • Don't take too much on, or you won't be able to do any of it well.
    • Ann tends to take on too much and get exhausted.
    • to undertake to do too much work or too many tasks at one time.
  101. take up SO's time
    • You're taking up my time. Please go away.
    • This problem is taking up too much of my time.
    • to require too much of someone else's time; to waste someone's time.
  102. take up space/room
    • John, you're not being any help at all. You're just taking up space.
    • to occupy space
  103. take up where one left off
    • I had to leave the room for a minute, but when I got back, I took up where I left off.
    • It's time to stop for lunch. After lunch, we will take up where we left off.
    • to start up again in the very place that one has stopped.
  104. take years off SO/STH
    • My exciting vacation took years off of me.
    • Your shorter haircut has taken years off your face.
    • Shaving beard took 10 years off your face.
    • to make someone seem or look younger.
  105. That takes care of that
    • That takes care of that, and I'm glad it's over.
    • I spent all morning dealing with this matter, and that takes care of that.
    • Inf. That is settled.
  106. That takes the cake
    • 1. Inf. That is good, and it wins the prize!
    • "What a performance!" cheered John. "That takes the cake!"
    • 2. Inf. That is too much; That does it!
    • Bob: What a dumb thing to do, Fred! Erik: Yeah, Fred. That takes the cake! Bob: Wow! That takes the cake! Bill: What is it? Bob: That stupid driver in front of me just hit the car on the left and then swung over and hit the car on the right.
  107. Winner take all
    • The contest was a case of winner take all. There was no second place or runner-up.
    • a situation where the one who defeats others takes all the spoils of the conflict.
    • Hitori Gati
  108. You can't take it with you
    • Don't be greedy, enjoy everything within things you own
    • You can't take all your belongings when you pass away
  109. Point well taken
    • I understand what you are saying (but I want you to stop saying about it.)
    • Use this in response to SO's opinion, coment.
  110. No offence taken
    • "No offence" --> "No offence taken"
    • I dont take it personally, I dont care about it.
  111. like taking a candy from a baby
    • Getting to the airport was easy. It was like taking candy from a baby.
    • Very easy
  112. Just taking care of business
    • Bill: Hey, man. What you been doing? Tom: Just taking care of business.
    • Fig. doing what I am supposed to do; an answer to the question "What are you doing lately?" (Also abbreviated T.C.B.)
  113. It would take an act of Congress to do something.
    • It would take an act of Congress to get Bill to wear a necktie.
    • It is almost impossible to do something.
  114. it takes one to know one
    • A: I don't like him cuz he is a liar.
    • B: It takes one to know one. (You are the same as him. He must be thinking about you in the same way.)
  115. it takes money to make money
    • I've been reading a lot of books about how to become wealthy, and they all make it depressingly clear that it takes money to make money.
    • Prov. In order to make money, you must first have some money to invest.
  116. do a double take
    Prov. In order to make money, you must first have some money to invest.
  117. Give someone an inch and he'll take a mile/yard.
    • If you let Mark borrow your tools for this weekend, he'll wind up keeping them for years. Give him an inch and he'll take a mile.
    • Prov. Be generous to someone and the person will demand even more.
    • (Describes someone who will take advantage of you if you are even a little kind to him or her.)
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2011-07-07 11:42:56

This flashcard has a lot of phrasal verbs that consist of "take".
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