Card Set Information
This card set has PVs from various sources.
1.used when something is activated, or when something explodes.
The bomb went off. (The bomb exploded.)
The gun went off. (The gun was fired.)
The alarm is going off. (The alarm is sounding.)
2. to lose one's temper
My boss went off on me for coming to work drunk.
My wife will go off on me if I lose my job.
trade STH in ( for STH)
I traded my old car in on a new one. I traded in my old jalopy for a newer car.
to return something, such as a car, to a place where cars are sold as partial payment on a new car.
swing back around/by
I'll swing back by
I"ll go around and come back to you, later
We were waiting in line for the gates to open when someone came out and told us to sit tight because it wouldn't be much longer before we could go in.
to wait patiently
I told Paul we'd swing by his office about five today.
to visit a place briefly
stay calm, smart and don't be stupid
keep a low profile
He's been keeping a low profile at work ever since his argument with Peter.
to behave in a way that does not attract attention
We've decided to stay put and not to move to Florida.
not to move; stay where one is
stay on top of SO/STH
You have to stay on top of her if you want her to do it right. I will stay on top of this project.
to keep well-informed about someone or something; to keep watch over someone or something.
stay clear of SO/SHT
Stay clear of me! I have a flu.
to keep a distance from something, usually something from dangerous
Keeping busy?/ keeping cool?/ keeping out of trouble?
How are you doing?
keep a firm grip on SO/STH
The manager keeps a firm grip on all the employees.
to keep someone or something under firm control.
keep a lid on it!
We can't keep the lid on this any longer. The press has got wind of it.
a scheme to suppress a scandalous or embarrassing situation and keep it secret.
Keep the lid on the pot until the stew is almost done.
a cover on something, such as a pot, pan, etc
keep a tight rein on SO/STH
The office manager kept a tight rein on the staff.
Mary keeps a close rein on her children.
to watch and control someone or something diligently.
keep/be/get/remain/stay ahead of the game
Without the full cooperation of my office stafj', I find it hard to stay ahead of the game.
being early; having an advantage in a competitive situation; having done more than necessary.
keep an eye out for SO/STH
Please try to have an eye out for the bus.
Keep an eye out for rain.
Have your eye out for a raincoat on sale.
to watch for the arrival or appearance of someone or something.
keep one's eyes peeled
Keep your eyes peeled for any policemen
pay attention; be watchful
out and about
I am out and about on the town
regularly going out of the house to work, take part in social activity, etc.,
(out like a light)
I fell and hit my head. I was out cold for about a minute.
Tom fainted! He's out like a light!
Four beers and he was out cold.
He sat in his chair at the table, out cold.
After a few minutes of tossing and turning, she was out like a light.
out/down for the count
He was injured at the last game and he is out for the count this week.
not count someone on something
out in left field
Sally is a lot of fun, but she's sort of out in left field.
What a strange idea. It's really out in left field.
offbeat; unusual and eccentric.
out in the open
Is this matter out in the open, or is it still secret?
Let's get this out in the open and discuss it.
[for something] to be public knowledge.
out of character
It was out of character for Ann to act so stubborn.
behave in an unusual way for SO, unlike SO's usual behavior