It was so hot in the church that an elderly
lady passed out.
pass something out
The professor passed the
textbooks out before class.
give the same thing to many people
pass something up
I passed up the job because I am
afraid of change.
decline (usually something good)
pay someone back
Thanks for buying my ticket. I'll pay you
back on Friday.
return owed money
pay for something
That bully will pay for being mean
to my little brother.
be punished for doing something bad
pick something out
I picked out three sweaters for
you to try on.
Point someone/something out
I'll point my boyfriend out when
he runs by.
indicate with your finger
put something down
You can put the groceries down on
the kitchen counter.
put what you are holding on a surface or floor
put someone down
The students put the substitute teacher down because his pants were too short.
insult, make someone feel stupid
put something off
We are putting off our trip until
January because of the hurricane.
put something out
The neighbours put the fire out before
the firemen arrived.
put something together
I have to put the crib together before
the baby arrives.
put up with someone/something
I don't think I can put up with three
small children in the car.
put something on
Don't forget to put on your new
earrings for the party.
put clothing/accessories on your body
run into someone/something
I ran into an old school-friend at
run over someone/something
I accidentally ran over your
bicycle in the driveway.
drive a vehicle over a person or thing
run over/through something
Let's run over/through these lines
one more time before the show.
The child ran away from home and
has been missing for three days.
leave unexpectedly, escape
We ran out of shampoo so I had to
wash my hair with soap.
have none left
send something back
My letter got sent back to me
because I used the wrong stamp.
return (usually by mail)
set something up
Our boss set a meeting up with
the president of the company.
set someone up
The police set up the car thief by
using a hidden camera.
I want to shop around a little
before I decide on these boots.
He always shows off on his
act extra special for people watching (usually boastfully)
You should sleep over tonight if
the weather is too bad to drive home.
stay somewhere for the night (informal)
sort something out
We need to sort the bills out before
the first of the month.
organize, resolve a problem
stick to something
You will lose weight if you stick to the
continue doing something, limit yourself to one particular thing
switch something off
The light's too bright. Could you switch it
stop the energy flow, turn off
switch something on
We heard the news as soon as we switched on the car radio.
start the energy flow, turn on
take after someone
I take after my mother. We are
resemble a family member
take something apart
He took the car brakes apart and
found the problem.
purposely break into pieces
take something back
I have to take our new TV back because
it doesn't work.
return an item
My plane takes off in five
start to fly
take something off
Take off your socks and shoes and come in the lake!
remove something (usually clothing)
take something out
Can you take the garbage out to
the street for me?
remove from a place or thing
take someone out
My grandparents took us out for
dinner and a movie.
pay for someone to go somewhere with you
tear something up
I tore up my ex-boyfriend's
letters and gave them back to him.
rip into pieces
When I think back on my youth, I
wish I had studied harder.
remember (often + to, sometimes + on)
think something over
I'll have to think this job offer over before I make my final decision.
throw something away
We threw our old furniture away when
we won the lottery.
turn something down
Please turn the TV down while
the guests are here.
decrease the volume or strength (heat, light etc)
turn something down
I turned the job down because
I don't want to move.
turn something off
Your mother wants you to turn the
TV off and come for dinner.
stop the energy flow, switch off
turn something on
It's too dark in here. Let's turn some
start the energy, switch on
turn something up
Can you turn the music up?
This is my favourite song.
increase the volume or strength (heat, light etc)
Our cat turned up after we put
posters up all over the neighbourhood.
try something on
I'm going to try these jeans on,
but I don't think they will fit.
try something out
I am going to try this new brand
of detergent out.
use something up
The kids used all of the
toothpaste up so we need to buy some more.
finish the supply
We have to wake up early for work
Warm someone/something up
You can warm your feet up in
front of the fireplace.
increase the temperature
I always warm up by doing sit-ups
before I go for a run.
prepare body for exercise
Most of my make-up wore off before
I got to the party.
I work out at the gym three times
Our plan worked out fine.
work something out
We have to work out the total cost
before we buy the house.
make a calculation