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  • try out:
    use a machine briefly to determine how well it works. "I really like the way this car looks. May I try it out?"
  • run into:
    meet by chance. "Yesterday at the supermarket, Jan ran into her former roommate. Before yesterday, they hadn't seen each other for nearly five years."
  • put up with:
    tolerate. "It's really important to come to work on time. The boss won't put up with tardiness."
  • knock out:
    make unconscious. "That medicine really knocked me out. I slept for 14 hours straight!"
  • make up:
    invent imaginary information. "Judy's story is hard to believe. I'm sure she made it up."
  • turn around:
    move so that you are facing the opposite direction. "Everyone turned around and stared when I entered the meeting late."
  • turn up:
    appear unexpectedly. "We were all surprised when Pam turned up at the party. We didn't even know she was in town."
  • pick out:
    choose; select. "Billy's grandmother especially liked her birthday card because Billy had picked it out himself."
  • hold up:
    delay. "I'm sorry I'm late. There was an accident on the freeway and traffic held me up."
  • pull over:
    drive a vehicle to the side of the rode. "When the policeman indicated that I should pull over, I knew he was going to give me a ticket."
  • stand for:
    represent. "These letters seem to be an abbreviation. Do you know what they stand for?"
  • put off:
    postpone; delay; avoid. "I can't put this work off any longer. If I don't do it soon, it'll be impossible to finish it in time."
  • find out:
    learn, get information. "I'm sorry that you didn't know the meeting had been canceled. I didn't find out myself until just a few minutes ago."
  • break up:
    end a personal relationship. "I'm sorry to hear that their marriage broke up. I'm sure the divorce will be difficult for the children."
  • do over:
    do something again. "Oh, no! I forgot to save my report before I turned the computer off! Now I'll have to do it over!"
  • make fun of:
    make jokes about. "I agree that Bob looks ridiculous since he shaved his head, but don't make fun of him. You'll hurt his feelings."
  • get by:
    survive, financially, in a difficult situation. "It's going to be hard to pay the rent now that you've lost your job, but somehow we'll get by."
  • catch up with:
    stop being behind. "Terry stopped to rest for a few minutes. He'll catch up with us later."
  • work out:
    exercise to build muscles, body tone, etc. "Instead of eating lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Sheila goes to the recreation center to work out."
  • eat out:
    have a meal in a restaurant. "I'm too tired to cook tonight. Why don't we eat out?"
  • pass out:
    faint; lose consciousness. "When Ella heard that she'd won a million dollars, she was so shocked that she passed out."
  • act up:
    misbehave (for people); not work properly (for machines). "The babysitter had a difficult time. The children acted up all evening."
  • hang up:
    end a phone conversation by replacing the receiver. "I'd like to talk longer, but I'd better hang up. My sister needs to make a call."
  • back off:
    not follow a threat. "Tom was ready to call the police when I told him I'd wrecked his car, but he backed off when I said I'd pay for the damages."
  • show up:
    arrive; appear. "The boss was very upset when you didn't show up for the meeting. What happened?"
  • mix up:
    cause to become confused. "I didn't complete the assignment because I didn't know how. The directions mixed me up
  • give up:
    stop doing something (usually a habit). "He knows smoking isn't good for his health, but he can't give it up."
  • burn up:
    cause someone to become very angry. "Did you hear how rudely Fred talked to me? That really burned me up!"
  • call off:
    cancel something that has been scheduled. "We don't have school today. The mayor called classes off because of the snow."
  • keep on:
    continue. "I'm not ready to stop yet. I think I'll keep on working for a while."
  • pick up:
    lift; take up. "Those books don't belong on the floor. Will you help me pick them up?"
  • add up:
    find the total. "What's the total of those bills? Could you add them up and see?"
  • blow up:
    explode; destroy by exploding. A: "That old building really came down quickly!" B: "That's because the construction company used dynamite to blow it up"
  • let down:
    disappoint. "I know I let you down when I didn't do what I promised. I'm really sorry."
  • check out:
    follow procedures for leaving a hotel, etc. "Don't forget to take your room key to the front desk when you check out.
  • look up:
    find something in a reference work. "I'm sorry, but I don't know what that word means. I'll have to look it up."
  • turn down:
    decrease the volume. "Your music is giving me a headache! Please turn it down or use your headphones!"
  • hand in:
    submit homework, an assignment, etc. "You'd better get started on your report. You know that you have to hand it in at 8:30 tomorrow morning!"
  • take off:
    remove something you're wearing. "Please take your hat off when you go inside a building."
  • fill out:
    complete a form by adding required information. "Of course I completed my application! I filled it out and mailed it over three weeks ago!"
  • turn off:
    stop by turning a handle or switch. "I'm cold. Do you mind if I turn the air conditioner off?"
  • stand out:
    be noticeably better than other similar people or things. "Good job, Ann! Your work really stands out!"
  • hand out:
    distribute. "Why don't you have a course description and list of assignments? The teacher handed them out on the first day of class."
  • take after:
    resemble; favor (in appearance). "Both my sister and I take after our father."
  • get along:
    have a friendly relationship with; be friendly. "Why can't you and your sister get along? Everyone else gets along with her just fine!"
  • turn on:
    start by turning a handle or switch. "It's cold in here. I'm going to turn the heater on"
  • turn in:
    give, deliver, submit to someone. "I've written my report, but I haven't turned it in."
  • bring up:
    raise; rear. "Lucy's parents died when she was a baby. Her grandparents brought her up."
  • come across:
    find unexpectedly. "I've lost my extra car keys. If you come across them while you're cleaning the room, please put them in a safe place."
  • take care of:
    provide care for; watch one's health. "You've been working too hard lately. You'd better take care of yourself!"
  • cut back:
    use less of something. "You drink too much coffee. You should cut back."
  • put on:
    begin to wear. "It's a little bit chilly outside. You'd better put a sweater on."
  • write down:
    record something in writing. "Could you tell me your e-mail address again? I want to write it down."
  • come down with:
    become ill with. "George won't be at the office today. He came down with the flu over the weekend."
  • care for:
    take care of; supply care to; attend, watch. "Amy's father got out of the hospital last week. The family is caring for him at home."
  • count on:
    depend on; trust that something will happen or that someone will do as expected. "I'm counting on you to wake me up tomorrow. I know I won't hear the alarm."
  • calm down:
    become calm, less agitated or upset. "Why are you so upset? Suzie didn't intend to spill orange juice on you. Calm down!"
  • look into:
    investigate, get more details about something. "Someone said there was a meeting at 9:30 but I haven't heard anything about it. Shall I look into it?"
  • break down:
    stop working or functioning. "Sharon will be late for work today. Her car broke down on the freeway."
  • look forward to:
    anticipate pleasantly; think about a pleasant thing before it hap- pens "I'm really looking forward to vacation. I can't wait for it to begin!"
  • get rid of:
    dispose of; give away or throw away. "That shirt is really ugly. Why don't you get rid of it?"
  • run out of:
    use the last of. "On the way home from work, Art ran out of gas."
  • pass away:
    die. "I was very sorry to hear that your grandfather passed away."
  • fill in:
    add information to a form. "The office needs to know your home address and phone number. Could you fill them in on this form?"
  • leave out:
    forget; omit. "Oh, no! When I made the list of those who attended the meeting, I left your name out!"
  • break in:
    enter by using force and breaking a lock, window, etc. "Jane's apartment was burglarized last night. Someone broke in while Jane was at the movies."