Phrasal verbs with " B "

Back away: Retreat or go backwards.

Example: The crowd BACKED AWAY when the man pulled a knife.

 

 

Back down: Retract or withdraw your position or proposal in an argument.

Example: She refused to BACK DOWN and was fired.

 

Back into: Enter a parking area in reverse gear.

Example: He prefers to BACK his car INTO the garage.

 

Back off: Retreat.

Example: The police told the protesters to BACK OFF.

 

Back out: Fail to keep an arrangement or promise.

Example: He BACKED OUT two days before the holiday so we gave the ticket to his sister

 

Back out of: Fail to keep an agreement, arrangement.

Example: She BACKED OUT OF the agreement at the last minute.

 

Back out of: Exit a parking area in reverse gear.

Example: She BACKED the Rolls OUT OF its parking space.

 

Back up: Make a copy of computer data.

Example: You should always BACK UP important files and documents so that you won't lose all your work if something goes wrong with the hardware.

 

Back up: Support.

Example: The rest of the staff BACKED her UP when she complained about working conditions.

 

Back up: Drive a vehicle backwards.

Example: Tom BACKED UP without looking and ran over his laptop.

 

Bag out: Criticise.

Example: Don't bag out BAG OUT Australian English.

 

Bail out: Save, rescue.

Example: The government had to BAIL OUT the airline because it was losing so much money.

 

Bail out: Remove water from something that is flooded.

Example: The boat was leaking so they had to BAIL it OUT.

 

Bail out:  Jump out of a plane because it is going to crash.

Example: The pilot BAILED OUT when he saw that the engines had failed.

 

Bail out: of Pay a bond to release someone from jail.

Example: I must BAIL my drunken brother OUT OF jail.

 

Bail out: on Stop supporting someone when they are in trouble.

Example: Everybody BAILED OUT ON him when the scandal broke.

 

Bail up: Talk to someone and delay them.

Example: I was late because he BAILED me UP on the phone and wouldn't shut up.

 

Bail up: Rob someone at gunpoint.

Example:  He was BAILED UP by a couple of muggers as he came out of the bank.

 

Ball up: Confuse or make things complicated.

Example: The new project has BALLED me UP- I have no idea what to do.

 

Ball up: Roll or form into a round shape.

Example: He BALLED UP his napkin when he had finished eating.

 

Balls up: Spoil, ruin.

Example: He BALLSED the presentation UP.

 

Bang about: Move in a place making a lot of noise.

Example: He's BANGING ABOUT in the kitchen.

 

Bang around: Move in a place making a lot of noise.

Example: I can hear him BANGING ABOUT upstairs.

 

Bang on: Talk at great length.

Example: He BANGED ON for half an hour but no one was listening.

 

Bang on about: Keep talking about something.

Example: He's always BANGING ON ABOUT football.

 

Bang out: Play a musical instrument loudly.

Example: She BANGED the tune OUT on the piano.

 

Bang up: Put someone in prison.

Example: The judge BANGED him UP for eight years.

 

Bang up: Damage badly.

Example: He BANGED his car UP last night.

 

Bank on: Count or rely on.

Example: I'm BANKING ON your help; I can't do it alone.

 

Bargain down: Persuade someone to drop the price of something they're selling.

Example: I BARGAINED her DOWN to half what she originally wanted.

 

Bargain for: Expect something to happen (usually many negative).

Example: I hadn't BARGAINED FOR so people coming.

 

Bargain on: Expect something to happen (usually negative).

Example: I hadn't BARGAINED ON him coming.

 

Barge in: Enter a place and interrupt.

Example: He keeps BARGING IN and asking stupid questions when I'm trying to work.

 

Barge into: Enter a place and interrupt people rudely.

Example: They BARGED INTO my office without knocking and started talking even though I was on the phone.

 

Bash about: Mistreat physically. If you BASH your monitor ABOUT like that, it won't last long.

Example: Bash in Break, damage or injure by hitting. The burglars BASHED the door IN to enter the house.

 

Bash out: Write something quickly without much preparation.

Example: I BASHED the essay OUT the night before I had to hand it in.

 

Bash up: Break, damage or hurt by hitting.

Example: They BASHED him UP in the fight in the pub last week and he had to go to hospital.

 

Bawl out: Scold, shout at someone.

Example: She BAWLED me OUT for coming home drunk.

 

Bawl out: Scold.

Example: She BAWLED Raj OUT for getting there late.

 

Bawl out: Sing or shout unpleasantly loudly.

Example: He BAWLED OUT our names at the top of his voice.

 

Be after: Try to find or get.

Example: The police ARE AFTER him because of the theft.

 

Be along: Arrive.

Example: The next bus should BE ALONG in the next quarter of an hour or so.

 

Be away: Be elsewhere; on holiday, etc.

Example: She's AWAY on business for three weeks.

 

Be cut out: for Be suitable, have the necessary qualities.

Example: She's not CUT OUT FOR this kind of work.

 

Be cut up: Be upset.

Example: She was very CUT UP about coming second as she thought she deserved to win.

 

Be down: Be depressed.

Example: He's BEEN DOWN since his partner left him.

 

Be down: Be reduced or less.

Example: The firm's profits ARE DOWN by ten percent this quarter.

 

Be down on: Have negative feelings toward someone.

Example: After the argument, James is DOWN ON his boss.

 

Be down with: Be ill.

Example: Jack is DOWN WITH some bug and is off work today.

 

Be fed up: Be bored, upset or sick of something.

Example: I AM FED UP of his complaints.

 

Be in: Be at home or at work.

Example: They ARE never IN; I always get their answer-phone.

 

Be in: Be submitted, arrive.

Example: The application form must BE IN by 3pm on Friday.

 

Be in on: Be involved in.

Example: Susan was the only one who WASN'T IN ON the plan.

 

Be not on: Be unacceptable.

Example: The way he's behaving IS just NOT ON.

 

Be off: Be bad (of food).

Example: This yoghurt must BE OFF; it smells foul.

 

Be off: Depart, leave.

Example: I'm OFF home; it's five o'clock.

 

Be on: Be functioning (of machines).

Example: The computer IS ON.

 

Be on: Take place.

Example: The show IS ON for the next three months.

 

Be on: Take medication or drugs, especially when they affect the person badly.

Example: He IS ON anti-depressants and has become very difficult to please.

 

Be on: Be at the top of one’s game, performing very well.

Example: He IS really ON right now- three goals in five minutes!

 

Be on about: Mean, try to say.

Example: I couldn't understand what he WAS ON ABOUT- it made no sense.

 

Be onto: Pursue, be aware of someone's true nature.

Example: He's being very careful because he thinks the police ARE ONTO him.

 

Be out: Be absent from a place.

Example: She IS OUT on a visit for the day.

 

Be out of: Have no more left.

Example: We're OUT OF coffee so I'll have to go and get some.

 

Be out to: Attempt.

Example: She IS OUT TO get him sacked because she hates him.

 

Be snowed under: Have too much work.

Example: We're completely SNOWED UNDER at work because it's the end of the tax year.

 

Be taken aback: Be shocked or surprised.

Example: I WAS TAKEN ABACK when I saw him because he's lost all his hair.

 

Be taken with: Like something.

Example: I WAS very TAKEN WITH the performance- it was superb.

 

Be up: Be out of bed.

Example: She's not UP yet.

 

Be up: Have increased or risen.

Example: The company's profits ARE UP by fifteen percent.

 

Be up: When the time for something finishes or expires.

Example: Time's UP, please finish your drinks and leave.

 

Be up: for Be enthusiastic about an upcoming event.

Example: ARE you UP FOR the climb of Mt. Blanc?

 

Be up to: Be good enough.

Example: He's not UP TO the job; get someone else.

 

Be up to: Doing something naughty or wrong.

Example: What are those kids UP TO?

 

Bear down on: Move towards.

Example: She spotted him on the other side of the room and BORE DOWN ON him.

 

Bear on: Influence, affect.

Example: The judge's character may well BEAR ON the final decision.

 

Bear out: Confirm that something is correct.

Example: Statistics BEAR OUT the government's positions on the issue.

 

Bear up: Resist pressure.

Example: How are you BEARING UP under the strain?

 

Bear up under: Cope with something difficult or stressful.

Example: He's BEARING UP UNDER the pressure.

 

Bear with: Be patient.

Example: Please BEAR WITH me a moment while I finish this email.

 

Beat down: Strong sunshine.

Example: The sun WAS really BEATING DOWN and we couldn't stay outdoors.

 

Beat down: Get someone to lower the price of something.

Example: I managed to BEAT him DOWN to fifty Euros.

 

Beat out: Narrowly win in competition.

Example: The marathon runner barely BEAT OUT his rival at the tape.

 

Beat up: Attack violently.

Example: The mugger BEAT him UP and stole his wallet.

 

Beaver away: Work hard.

Example: She's BEAVERING AWAY before her exams.

 

Beaver away at: Work hard doing something.

Example: I have to BEAVER AWAY AT it or else I will fail the course.

 

Bed down: Sleep somewhere less comfortable than normal.

Example: We had to BED DOWN on the floor for the night.

 

Bed down: Become established or successful over time.

Example: The new government has found it hard to BED DOWN and become accepted.

 

Bed out: Move a plant outside.

Example: I BEDDED the plants OUT when the weather warmed up.

 

Beef up: Make something stronger or more solid.

Example: The company BEEFED UP their case when they saw that the public wouldn't accept their first explanation of the accident.

 

Belong to: Be a member.

Example: He BELONGS TO a secret society.

 

Belong to: Be connected to a time, place, belief, thing, etc.

Example: Their ideas BELONG TO the nineteenth century and seem old-fashioned now.

 

Belong with: Be in the correct or appropriate location with other items.

Example: Does this disc BELONG WITH those on the shelf?

 

Belt out: Sing something loudly.

Example: They BELTED OUT the national anthems before the game.

 

Belt up: Be quiet.

Example: She told the students to BELT UP because they were making so much noise.

 

Belt up: Fasten your seat-belt.

Example: I told the kids to BELT UP before I started the car.

 

Bend down: Lower the top half of your body.

Example: I BENT DOWN to pick it up off the floor.

 

Bend over: Lower the top part of your body.

Example: I BENT OVER to do my shoes up.

 

Bend over backwards: Do a lot to try to help or please someone.

Example: I BENT OVER BACKWARDS for them and they didn't even thank me.

 

Big up: Exaggerate the importance.

Example: He BIGS himself UP all the time.

 

Big up: Increase the size of muscles by exercise.

Example: They work out a lot to BIG themselves UP.

 

Bitch up: Spoil or ruin something.

Example: I BITCHED UP the interview.

 

Black out: Fall unconscious.

Example: He BLACKED OUT and collapsed on the floor.

 

Black out: Lose light.

Example: Everything BLACKED OUT when the power supply failed.

 

Blank out: Censor text so that words cannot be read.

Example: The email addresses were BLANKED OUT in the documents shown to the court.

 

Blank out: Have a temporary memory failure.

Example: I was so nervous in the interview that I just BLANKED OUT and couldn't answer their questions properly.

 

Blare out: A loud sound or music.

Example: The music was BLARING OUT and I couldn't get to sleep.

 

Blast off: Leave the ground- spaceship or rocket.

Example: The space shuttle BLASTED OFF on schedule yesterday.

 

Blaze away: Fire a gun repeatedly.

Example: The shooters BLAZED AWAY at the pheasants.

 

Bleed out: Cause sufficient blood loss to result in death.

Example: They BLED OUT their calves.

 

Bliss out: Be extremely relaxed and happy.

Example: I BLISSED OUT on the beach all week.

 

Block in: Park a car and obstruct another car.

Example: I couldn't drive here this morning because someone had BLOCKED me IN.

 

Block in: Shade or fill in.

Example: He BLOCKED IN the events in his calendar.

 

Block off: Obstruct an exit to prevent people from leaving.

Example: The police BLOCKED OFF the road after the murder.

 

Block out: Stop light from entering or leaving.

Example: The trees BLOCK the sun OUT most of the day.

 

 

Block out: Try not think about or feel something because it is upsetting or painful.

Example: It was so unpleasant that I try to BLOCK it OUT- otherwise, I'd just be angry all the time.

 

Block up: Fill a space so that nothing can pass.

Example: The pipe's BLOCKED UP and no water gets through.

 

Blow away: Kill.

Example: He grabbed a gun and BLEW the police officer AWAY.

 

Blow away: Beat rivals or competitors by a large margin.

Example: Their new product has BLOWN all the others AWAY.

 

Blow away: Impress greatly.

Example: Her first novel BLEW me AWAY.

 

Blow away: When the wind moves something from a place.

Example: The flag BLEW AWAY in the storm; we'll have to buy a new one.

 

Blow down: When the wind forces something to fall.

Example: A tree was BLOWN DOWN in the storm.

 

Blow in: Arrive, sometimes suddenly or unexpectedly.

Example: He BLEW IN from Toronto early this morning.

 

Blow off: Not keep an appointment.

Example: We were going to meet last night, but she BLEW me OFF at the last minute.

 

Blow off: Ignore, not do something.

Example: I BLEW the homework OFF and did badly.

 

Blow off: Expel gas from the anus.

Example: He BLEW OFF in front of everybody.

 

Blow out: Extinguish candles, matches, etc.

Example: She BLEW the candles OUT on her birthday cake.

 

Blow out: Defeat decisively.

Example: The Broncos BLEW OUT the Raiders 55-0.

 

Blow over: When a scandal gets forgotten.

Example: The scandal BLEW OVER within a fortnight when the press found someone else to attack.

 

Blow up: Explode.

Example: The bomb BLEW UP without any warning.

 

Blow up: Inflate.

Example: The pressure was low, so I BLEW the tyre UP.

 

Blow up: Enlarge (e.g., photograph).

Example: BLOW UP that photo so we can see his face.

 

Blow up: The beginning of a storm.

Example: A storm BLEW UP while we were out walking.

 

Blow up: Lose your temper, become angry.

Example: They BLEW UP when they heard what I had done wrong.

 

Blurt out: Say something quickly without thinking, especially if you shouldn't.

Example: I was really angry when he BLURTED OUT the secret.

 

Board out: Arrange for pets to stay somewhere while you're away.

Example: We BOARD our dog OUT with friends when we go abroad.

 

Board up: Cover windows or doors with wood, metal, etc.

Example: They BOARDED UP all the windows to stop people getting into the empty houses.

 

Bog down: Slow make progress.

Example: jack got BOGGED DOWN in his research and didn't finish the project in time.

 

Bog in: Eat enthusiastically.

Example: We were starving and BOGGED IN when the food was served.

 

Bog into: Eat something enthusiastically.

Example: They BOGGED INTO the lunch.

 

Bog off! Get lost.

Example: He lost his temper and told her to BOG OFF.

 

Boil down: Simplify, reduce to the essentials.

Example: The report's so long, I BOILED it DOWN into a two-page summary.

 

Boil down to: Amount to.

Example: It all BOILS DOWN TO money at the end of the day.

 

Boil over: When a hot liquid spills out of a container.

Example: I left the milk on the cooker and it BOILED OVER.

 

Boil over: When people lose their tempers and things get nasty.

Example: The tension had been building up and it BOILED OVER in the meeting.

 

Boil up: Feel a negative emotion strongly.

Example: The anger BOILED UP in me when I saw what they had done.

 

Boil up: Cook or heat something to boiling point.

Example: I BOILED UP some water for a cup of coffee.

 

Bolster up: Give support, reinforce, strengthen.

Example: We were all scared but she BOLSTERED UP our courage.

 

Bone up: Study hard for a reason.

Example: I will have to BONE UP to get a good result.

 

Bone up: on Study hard for a goal or reason.

Example: I need to BONE UP ON my French grammar for the test.

 

Book in: Make a reservation in advance.

Example: I'll BOOK us IN at the Intercontinental.

 

Book in: Check in at a hotel.

Example: WE took a taxi from the airport to the hotel and BOOKED IN.

 

Book into: Make a reservation in advance.

Example: I've BOOKED us INTO a hotel in the centre of town for three nights.

 

Book into: Check in at a hotel.

Example: We BOOKED INTO the first hotel we could find.

 

Book out: Leave a place in a hurry.

Example: I don't like the look of the people arriving- let's BOOK OUT.

 

Book up: Reserve.

Example: The flight's fully BOOKED UP; I'll have to go the following day.

 

Boot up: Start a computer.

Example: He BOOTED UP the computer and started work.

 

Border on: Be located next to a place.

Example: Portugal BORDERS ON Spain.

 

Border on: Be very nearly something.

Example: What he did was BORDERING ON betrayal.

 

Boss about: Use excessive authority to control people.

Example: She BOSSES everyone ABOUT.

 

Boss around: Use excessive authority to control people.

Example: He BOSSES everyone AROUND.

 

Botch up: Ruin or spoil something.

Example: I BOTCHED UP the whole project and it had to be cancelled.

 

Bottle away: Store up.

Example: He kept his feelings BOTTLED AWAY.

 

Bottle out: Lack courage to do something.

Example: She was going to tell her boss exactly what she thought, but BOTTLED OUT in the end.

 

Bottle up: Not express your feelings.

Example: She BOTTLED UP her feelings even though she was furious with them and kept quiet.

 

Bottom out: Pass the lowest point and start rising.

Example: The recession BOTTOMED OUT and the economy is recovering well.

 

Bounce into: Force someone.

Example: They have BOUNCED the government INTO calling an early election.

 

Bounce back: Recover.

Example: The economy is BOUNCING BACK from the recession.

 

Bounce off: Test ideas.

Example: They BOUNCED ideas OFF each other in a brainstorming session.

 

Bowl out: Hit someone's wicket in cricket with the ball.

Example: He BOWLED the player OUT first ball.

 

Bowl over: Surprise someone greatly.

Example: I was BOWLED OVER by the news.

 

Bowl over: Knock someone to the ground.

Example: He was BOWLED OVER by the crowd rushing out.

 

Box in: Prevent something from moving, especially vehicles.

Example: I was BOXED IN by the bus and couldn't change lane.

 

Box up: Pack things in boxes to move them.

Example: At the end of term, I BOXED my books UP and sent them home.

 

Brace up: Feel more confident or optimistic about something.

Example: You should BRACE UP and stop worrying.

 

Branch out: Move into a different area of business, etc.

Example: The supermarkets have BRANCHED OUT into banking.

 

Break away: Leave an organisation, usually to form a new one.

Example: The SDP BROKE AWAY from the Labour Party.

 

Break down: End negotiations unsuccessfully.

Example: The talks between management and the unions BROKE DOWN acrimoniously.

 

Break down: Start crying.

Example: He BROKE DOWN in tears.

 

Break down: Stop working.

Example: My car's BROKEN DOWN, so I came by taxi.

 

Break down: Remove a barrier or obstacle.

Example: He had to BREAK DOWN their opposition to his ideas.

 

Break in: Go into a building to steal something.

Example: The burglars BROKE IN and stole the TV and video.

 

Break in: Interrupt something.

Example: I'm sorry to BREAK IN on your conversation, but there's a problem.

 

Break in: Train a horse to be ridden.

Example: It took ages to BREAK the horse IN.

 

Break in: Carefully use new products until they are fully functional.

Example: I must watch my speed until I BREAK IN my new Volvo.

 

Break off: Break a piece from something.

Example: She BROKE OFF a square of chocolate and gave it to her dog.

 

Break off: End a relationship.

Example: She BROKE OFF their engagement when she found out that he'd been unfaithful.

 

Break out: Start (war, conflict).

Example: They're worried that war will BREAK OUT.

 

Break out: in Sweat heavily, develop skin sores or irritation.

Example: The measles caused me to BREAK OUT IN a rash.

 

Break out of: Escape.

Example: Three dangerous Category A prisoners BROKE OUT OF Wandsworth Prison last night.

 

Break through: Pass a barrier or obstacle.

Example: The crowd BROKE THROUGH the police barriers and attacked the hunters.

 

Break up: Break into many pieces.

Example: The plate BROKE UP when he dropped it on the floor.

 

Break up: Close an educational institution for the holidays.

Example: Schools BREAK UP at the end of June for the summer holidays.

 

Break up: Finish a relationship.

Example: They had been going out for a couple of years before they BROKE UP.

 

Break up: Become inaudible over the telephone because of interference.

Example: You're BREAKING UP; I'll call you back in a minute and see if we get a better connection.

 

Breeze along: Move easily and quickly.

Example: The film BREEZES ALONG for the first hour, then becomes rather dull and slow.

 

Breeze in: Enter a place quickly.

Example: He BREEZED IN and started shouting at us.

 

Breeze into: Enter a place quickly.

Example: He BREEZED INTO the room and switched the TV on.

 

Breeze through: Pass easily, succeed.

Example: She BREEZED THROUGH her exams.

 

Brick in: Close or fill a space with bricks.

Example: We BRICKED IN the side window.

 

Brick up: Close or fill a space with bricks.

Example: We BRICKED the back entrance UP.

 

Brighten up: Improve (weather).

Example: The day started cloudy but BRIGHTENED UP in the afternoon.

 

Brighten up: Become happier.

Example: He BRIGHTENED UP when he heard the news.

 

Brighten up: Make something more attractive or pleasant.

Example: We tried to BRIGHTEN the place UP by painting it.

 

Bring about: Make something happen.

Example:  The changes to the law were BROUGHT ABOUT by the government because so many people were ignoring the old one.

 

Bring along: Bring someone or something to certain place.

Example: You can BRING your friends ALONG if you like.

 

Bring along: Help someone improve.

Example: Her coach has BROUGHT her ALONG a lot in the last six months.

 

Bring around: Persuade or convince someone.

Example: It took me ages to BRING him AROUND to my point of view.

 

Bring around: Bring something with you when you visit.

Example: He BROUGHT some books AROUND when he came last night.

 

Bring around: Get someone talking about something.

Example: He didn't want to discuss the details, but I managed to BRING him AROUND and he told me everything.

 

Bring back: Cause someone to remember.

Example: Visiting my old school BROUGHT BACK memories of when I was a pupil there.

 

Bring back: Return.

Example: He took the calculator home yesterday and hasn't BROUGHT it BACK yet.

 

Bring down: Make a government fall.

Example: The vote of no-confidence BROUGHT the government DOWN.

 

Bring down: Make something cheaper.

Example: The improvements in technology have BROUGHT the prices of computers DOWN considerably in recent months.

 

Bring forth: Produce something, make it known or visible.

Example: The prosecution BROUGHT FORTH a lot of evidence against him.

 

Bring forth: Produce.

Example: She BROUGHT FORTH a surprising result.

 

Bring forth: Make something happen.

Example: The report has BROUGHT FORTH a lot of criticism of the policy.

 

Bring forth: Remove something from where it is kept or hidden.

Example: She BROUGHT FORTH the diary and showed it to us.

 

Bring forward:  Make something happen earlier than originally planned.

Example: The meeting has been BROUGHT FORWARD to this Friday instead of next week because some people couldn't make it then.

 

Bring in: Earn.

Example: The job BRINGS IN two thousand dollars a month.

 

Bring off: Succeed with something difficult.

Example: No one thought she'd manage to do it, but she BROUGHT it OFF in the end.

 

Bring on: Cause something to happen or speed up Getting wet in the rain yesterday the process.

Example: BROUGHT ON my cold.

 

Bring on: Make something appear.

Example: BRING ON the dancers!

 

Bring out: Release or publish.

Example: The band are BRINGING OUT a new CD in the autumn.

 

Bring out: Elicit a response.

Example: Suzie BRINGS OUT the best in him.

 

Bring out: in Cause a health problem or reaction.

Example: It was the lobster that BROUGHT me OUT in this rash all over my body.

 

Bring round: Make someone wake up from unconsciousness or an anaesthetic.

Example: The doctors BROUGHT him ROUND a few hours after the operation.

 

Bring up: Mention.

Example: They didn't BRING the subject UP at the meeting.

 

Bring up: Raise a child.

Example: My parents BROUGHT me UP strictly.

 

Bring up: Be officially charged with a crime.

Example: He was BROUGHT UP on charges of public intoxication.

 

Bring Up: Mention.

Example: They didn't BRING the subject UP at the meeting.

 

Bring Up: Raise a child.

Example: My parents BROUGHT me UP strictly.

 

Bring Up: Be officially charged with a crime.

Example: He was BROUGHT UP on charges of public intoxication.

 

Brush off: Ignore, pay little attention.

Example: The minister BRUSHED OFF the criticism.

 

Brush up: Improve a skill quickly.

Example: She took a two-week course to BRUSH UP her Spanish before she went travelling around South and Central America.

 

Bubble over: Become very excited.

Example: She BUBBLED OVER with joy when she heard her exam results.

 

Buck up: Hurry (either transitive or reflexive).

Example: 'BUCK UP - the taxi's waiting.'

 

Buck up: Smarten up, improve.

Example: You had better BUCK your ideas UP, or you'll fail the course.

 

Bucket down: Rain heavily.

Example: Take an umbrella; it's BUCKETING DOWN.

 

Buckle down: Start working hard, apply yourself.

Example: We had to BUCKLE DOWN and study for the exam.

 

Buckle under: Accept something under pressure, against your will.

Example: They didn't like the ideas, but had to BUCKLE UNDER or face the sack.

 

Buckle up: Fasten a seat-belt.

Example: We were told to BUCKLE UP before take-off.

 

Budge up: Move to make space for someone.

Example: We had to BUDGE UP to let the fourth person in the back of the car.

 

Buff up: Clear, clean or make something shine.

Example: The silver candlestick looked lovely after I BUFFED it UP.

 

Buff up: Improve.

Example: After the scandal, the politician tried to BUFF UP his public image.

 

Buff up on: Improve your knowledge quickly.

Example: I BUFFED UP ON my grammar before the test.

 

Bug off! Go away.

Example: I told her to bug off because she was annoying me.

 

Bug out: Open your eyes wide in surprise.

Example: He BUGGED OUT when she turned up.

 

Bug out: Leave somewhere in a hurry.

Example: They BUGGED OUT when the police arrived.

 

Build up: Develop a company.

Example: She BUILT the business UP from nothing into a market leader in less than a decade.

 

Build up: Increase.

Example: Tension has been BUILDING UP ever since the government passed the unpopular law.

 

Bulk out: Make something bigger or thicker.

Example: I BULKED the essay OUT with a few quotes to reach the number of word required.

 

Bulk up: Gain weight, develop bigger muscles.

Example: He's BULKED UP a lot since he got those steroids.

 

Bump into: Meet by chance.

Example: I BUMPED INTO Helen on the underground the other day.

 

Bump off: Kill.

Example: The drug dealer was BUMPED OFF by a rival gang.

 

Bump up: Increase.

Example: They BUMP UP the prices in the high season.

 

Bundle off: Send someone somewhere.

Example: He BUNDLED the kids OFF to bed.

 

Bundle out: Expel.

Example: The barman BUNDLED the drunk OUT because he was annoying the other customers.

 

Bundle up: Put on warm clothing.

Example: We BUNDLED UP before going out as it was snowing.

 

Bundle up: Wrap or tie things together.

Example: I BUNDLED UP my newspapers and dropped them in the recycling bin.

 

Bunk off: Not go to school when you should.

Example: I used to BUNK OFF school and go into town.

 

Buoy up: Make someone feel more positive.

Example: After so much criticism, the positive review BUOYED him UP.

 

Buoy up: Keep afloat.

Example: The life-jacket BUOYED me UP till the boat arrived.

 

Burn down: Burn completely.

Example: They had to completely rebuild the museum after the old one BURNED

DOWN.

 

Burn off: Remove by burning or similar process.

Example: I BURN OFF a lot of calories in the gym.

 

Burn out: Lose enthusiasm and energy to continue in a demanding job.

Example: Jennie BURNT OUT after ten years working as a futures broker and went to live in the country.

 

Burn up: Destroy completely by fire.

Example: All his possessions were BURNED UP in the fire.

 

Burn up: Drive at high speed.

Example: The bank robbers BURNED UP the roads but were soon captured.

 

Burn up: To be or cause to be highly annoyed.

Example: His undeserved win in the election really BURNS me UP.

 

Burst into: Catch fire very quickly.

Example: The car BURST INTO flames and the driver died as he didn't have time to get out.

 

Burst into: Laugh, cry or clap loudly.

Example: She BURST INTO laughter when she heard the joke.

 

Bust up: End a relationship, usually angrily or after arguing.

Example: They BUST UP after a row last night.

 

Butt in: Interrupt.

Example: I hope you don't mind me BUTTING IN on your conversation, but I couldn't help hearing what you said...

 

Butt out: Not be involved in other people's business.

Example: This is none of your business, so just BUTT OUT!

 

Butter up: Praise or flatter someone excessively.

Example: I tried BUTTERING my tutor UP but she still wouldn't let me hand it in late.

 

Buy in: Force a CD or record into the charts by buying lots of copies.

Example: Joe Meek's last hit, 'Singin' the Blues', was probably BOUGHT IN at number 40, but failed to go any higher.

 

Buy into: Accept an idea.

Example: I never BOUGHT INTO the idea of a federalist Euopean Union.

 

Buy off: Pay someone to stop them causing trouble.

Example: He BOUGHT the newspaper OFF by placing a lot of adverts.

 

Buy out: Buy somebody's share in a company.

Example: His business partners BOUGHT him OUT to get rid of him.

 

Buy up: Buy all of something.

Example: We BOUGHT UP all the shop had before the price went up.

 

Buzz around: Move quickly around a place.

Example: Reporters were BUZZING AROUND the scene of the accident.

 

Buzz off: Leave somewhere.

Example: I'm BUZZING OFF now- I have to meet some people.

 

Buzz off! Go away (imperative).

Example: He told them to BUZZ OFF because they were annoying him.

Last modified on Четверг, 09 Февраль 2017 09:00

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