My maths homework was too difficult so I gave up.
go after someone
My brother tried to go after the
thief in his car.
go after something
I went after my dream and now I am
a published writer.
try to achieve something
go against someone
We are going against the best soccer
team in the city tonight.
Please go ahead and eat before the
food gets cold.
I have to go back home and get my
return to a place
We're going out for dinner
leave home to go on a social event
go out with someone
Jesse has been going out with Luke
since they met last winter.
go over something
Please go over your answers before
you submit your test.
I haven't seen Tina for a long time. I think
I'll go over for an hour or two.
visit someone nearby
go without something
When I was young, we went without winter
suffer lack or deprivation
My best friend and I grew apart after
she changed schools.
stop being friends over time
My roses grew back this summer.
When Jack grows up he wants to be
become an adult
grow out of something
Elizabeth needs a new pair of shoes because she has grown out of her old ones.
get too big for
grow into something
This bike is too big for him now, but he
should grow into it by next year.
grow big enough to fit
hand something down
I handed my old comic books down to
my little cousin.
give something used to someone else
hand something in
I have to hand in my essay by
hand something out
We will hand out the invitations
at the door.
to distribute to a group of people
hand something over
The police asked the man to hand over his
wallet and his weapons.
give (usually unwillingly)
Hang in there. I'm sure you'll find a job very soon.
stay positive (N.Amer., informal)
Hang on while I grab my coat and shoes!
wait a short time (informal)
Instead of going to the party we are just going to hang out at my place.
spend time relaxing (informal)
He didn't say goodbye before he hung up.
end a phone call
Hold someone/something back
I had to hold my dog back because
there was a cat in the park.
prevent from doing/going
hold something back
Jamie held back his tears at his
hide an emotion
Please hold on while I transfer
you to the Sales Department.
wait a short time
hold onto someone/something
Hold onto your hat because it's very windy outside.
hold firmly using your hands or arms
hold someone/something up
A man in a black mask held the
bank up this morning.
keep on doing something
Keep on stirring until the liquid comes to a boil.
keep something from someone
We kept our relationship from our
parents for two years.
Keep someone/something out
Try to keep the wet dog out of
the living room.
stop from entering
keep something up
If you keep those results up you
will get into a great college.
continue at the same rate
let someone down
I need you to be on time. Don't let me
down this time.
fail to support or help, disappoint
let someone in
Can you let the cat in before
you go to school?
allow to enter
look after someone/something
I have to look after my sick
take care of
look down on someone
Ever since we stole that chocolate bar your dad has looked down on me.
think less of, consider inferior
look for someone/something
I'm looking for a red dress for
try to find
look forward to something
I'm looking forward to the
be excited about the future
look into something
We are going to look into the
price of snowboards today.
Look out! That car's going to hit you!
be careful, vigilant, and take notice
look out for someone/something
Don't forget to look out for snakes
on the hiking trail.
be especially vigilant for
look something over
Can you look over my essay for
look something up
We can look her phone number up on
search and find information in a reference book or database
look up to someone
My little sister has always looked up to
have a lot of respect for
make something up
Josie made up a story about why we
invent, lie about something
We were angry last night, but we made up at
forgive each other
make someone up
My sisters made me up for
my graduation party.
apply cosmetics to
mix something up
I mixed up the twins' names again!
confuse two or more things
His uncle passed away last night
after a long illness.