||to retreat; not follow a threat
||That car was following me closely, but
finally it backed off.
||to move backwards
||You are crowding me. Please back up a
||to make a protection copy
||Don't forget to back up your important
||to confirm facts; support
||Frank backed Mary's story up. He told
us the same facts that Mary told us.
||to hurt someone by hitting or kicking them
||The men in the pub were trying to beat
each other up. It was a terrible fight!
||to decline an invitation
||I asked my friends over for dinner, but
they begged off.
||to match the surroundings
||New immigrants often try to blend in
with the citizens of a country.
||destroy with an explosion
||The bomb blew up and hurt one person.
||to inflate something
||The clown blew up the balloons.
The clown blew the balloons up.
He blew them up.
|BONE UP ON
||to refresh one's memory with information
||Nick's study group boned up on
prepositions before the test.
||to tell someone what to do repeatedly
||I hate when my sister tries to boss me
||to lose control of one's emotions
||Brent broke down in tears when he heard
that his wife had been saved from the fire.
||The robbers broke the door down when
they came in last night.
||to stop working
||Sara's car broke down yesterday.
||One of the manager's duties is to break
the new employees in.
||to enter forcefully or abruptly
||Cory broke into a house and stole a TV.
Now, he's in jail!
||to end a conversation or relationship
||Allen and I broke up yesterday. He
already has a new girlfriend!
||to end a relationship
||Peter and June broke up
||to return something
||My homework is due tomorrow. Will you
please bring my book back today?
||to do the impossible or unlikely
||Nobody thought Cary could get an A in
that class, but she brought it off!
||No one brought up the subject of
employee raises at the meeting.
||I was brought up with very strict
rules. I had to be a good child, or I was punished.
|BRUSH UP ON
||to improve your skill or knowledge
||Nick's study group brushed up on
pronouns before the test.
||to destroy by fire
|If you smoke in bed, you may burn the
||to cause someone to become very angry
||That rude woman really burned me up!
||to enter a conversation uninvited;
||That rude man butted into our
||to tell someone to mind their own business.
||Butt out! This is none of your
||to praise someone excessively with the hope
of getting some benefit
||I guess Marilyn really wants to be
promoted. She's been buttering her supervisor up all week.