Phrasal verbs with " C "

Call after: Name someone after somebody else.

Example: She was CALLED Rose AFTER her late grandmother.

Call around: Visit.

Example: I CALLED AROUND but she wasn't in.

 

Call back: Return a phone call.

Example: I must CALL her BACK when we get to the office.

 

Call for: Demand.

Example: The Opposition party CALLED FOR the minister's resignation after the scandal broke.

 

Call for: Go to collect something.

Example: The courier CALLED FOR your parcel, but I told him it wasn't ready yet.

 

Call for: Telephone for something.

Example: I'll CALL FOR a cab right away.

 

Call for: Go and collect someone to take them out.

Example: I'll CALL FOR you at seven, so be ready because the film starts at half past.

 

Call for: Require.

Example: An emergency like this CALLS FOR some pretty drastic action.

 

Call forth: Make something happen.

Example: The protests CALLED FORTH a strong reaction from the police.

 

Call in: Get someone to come and do a job.

Example: We had to CALL IN a plumber because the sink was leaking and I had no idea how to fix it.

 

Call in: Stop and visit.

Example: I CALLED IN on Jenny on my way home because she's not very well at the moment and I wanted to see if she needed anything.

 

Call off: Cancel.

Example: The concert had to be CALLED OFF because the singer went down with a bad case of flu.

 

Call off: Order someone to stop attacking.

Example: CALL OFF your lawyers; we can work something out.

 

Call on: Ask for help.

Example: The President CALLED ON the wealthy countries for financial aid after the floods destroyed much of the country's agriculture.

 

Call on: Visit.

Example: As we were in the area, we CALLED ON my sister-in-law.

 

Call on: Challenge.

Example: He CALLED the speaker ON several mis-statements of fact.

 

Call on: Ask someone to do something, especially to speak in public. (Formal).

Example: I now CALL ON the other party to give their account of what happened.

 

Call out: Expose or accuse someone of wrongdoing or incompetence.

Example: He CALLED them OUT over awarding contracts to family members.

 

Call round: Visit.

Example: I CALLED ROUND on my way home but no one was in.

 

Call up: Summon someone for military service.

Example: The army CALLED UP the reserve soldiers when the war broke out.

 

Call up: Telephone.

Example: I CALLED him UP as soon as I got to a phone to tell him the news.

 

Calm down: Stop being angry or emotionally excited.

Example: When I lose my temper, it takes ages for me to CALM DOWN again.

 

Cancel out: Have an opposite effect on something that has happened, taking things back to the beginning.

Example: The airport taxes CANCELLED OUT the savings we had made on the flight tickets.

 

Cap off:  Finish or complete, often with some decisive action.

Example: She CAPPED OFF the meeting with a radical proposal.

 

Care for: Like.

Example: I don't CARE FOR fizzy drinks; I prefer water.

 

Carried away: Get so emotional that you lose control.

Example: The team got CARRIED AWAY when they won the championship and started shouting and throwing things around.

 

Carry forward: Include a figure in a later calculation.

Example: They CARRIED FORWARD their losses to the next financial year.

 

Carry forward: Make something progress.

Example: They hope the new management will be able to CARRY the project FORWARD.

 

Carry off: Win, succeed.

Example: She CARRIED OFF the first prize in the competition.

 

Carry off: Die of a disease.

Example: Cancer CARRIED him OFF a couple of years ago.

 

Carry on: Continue.

Example: CARRY ON quietly with your work until the substitute teacher arrives.

 

Carry on: Behave badly.

Example: The children annoyed me by CARRYING ON all morning.

 

Carry on with: Have an affair.

Example: He's been CARRYING ON WITH someone at work for years.

 

Carry out: Perform a task.

Example: The government is CARRYING OUT test on growing genetically modified crops.

 

Carry out:  Food bought from a restaurant to take away.

Example: I'm too tired to cook- let's get a CARRYOUT.

 

Carry over: Continue past a certain point.

Example: The meeting CARRIED OVER into the afternoon because there was so much to talk about.

 

Carry through: Complete successfully.

Example: They CARRIED the reforms THROUGH despite the opposition.

 

Cart off: Take someone away, usually under arrest or to prison.

Example: The police CARTED them OFF to question them.

 

Cart off : Take something away, especially if stealing or without permission.

Example: The thieves CARTED OFF all the ticket receipts.

 

Carve out: Create or get a area where you can be special or successful.

Example: She's CARVED OUT a career in photojournalism.

 

Carve up: Divide into smaller pieces.

Example: They CARVED the company UP and sold a lot off.

 

Carve up: Overtake someone and then pull directly in front of a car.

Example: The idiot CARVED us UP and forced me to brake hard.

 

Cash in: Convert shares, bonds, casino chips, etc, into money.

Example: They CASHED IN their bonds and spent the money on a holiday.

 

Cash in: on Benefit or make money on something, especially if done unfairly.

Example: The opposition party are CASHING IN ON the government's unpopularity.

 

Cash out: Illegally access a bank account or credit card and steal money.

Example: A hacker got my credit card details from my computer and CASHED OUT a lot of money.

 

Cash out: Exchange something for money, collect winnings.

Example: After winning, she CASHED OUT her chips.

 

Cash up: Count all the money taken in a shop or business at the end of the day.

Example: After the shop closed, they have to CASH UP before they can go home.

 

Cast about for: Try to find something.

Example: They're CASTING ABOUT FOR support.

 

Cast around for: Try to find something.

Example: She was CASTING AROUND FOR people to help her.

 

Cast aside: Dispose, get rid of, ignore because you no longer like something or someone. He CAST her ASIDE.

Example:  Cast off Dispose, get rid of. They CAST OFF any semblance of politeness and attacked us viciously.

 

Cast off: Untie a boat so it's free to sail.

Example: They CAST OFF and headed out to sea.

 

Cast out: Expel, reject.

Example: They CAST him OUT because of his behaviour.

 

Cast round for: Try to find something.

Example: He CAST ROUND FOR any sign of his things.

 

Cast up:  Be left on the shore by the sea.

Example: The rubbish was CAST UP by the tide.

 

Catch at: Take or grab hold of something.

Example: She CAUGHT AT my sleeve as I was leaving and said she needed to talk to me.

 

Catch on: Become popular.

Example: Many critics were shocked when techno CAUGHT ON in the clubs.

 

Catch on: Finally understand what is going on.

Example: Everyone else realised what was happening, but it took Henry ages to CATCH ON.

 

Catch out: Trick.

Example: The exam is designed to CATCH you OUT.

 

Catch out: Discover or prove that someone is lying.

Example: He CAUGHT me OUT when he checked my story with my previous employer.

 

Catch out:  Put someone in an unexpected and difficult situation (often passive).

Example: We were CAUGHT OUT in the storm.

 

Catch up: Get work, etc, up to date.

Example: I was ill for a fortnight and now I've got to CATCH UP on the work I missed.

 

Catch up: Reach someone who was ahead of you.

Example: He started well, but I CAUGHT him UP on the third lap.

 

Catch up: in Become involved, often against one’s will.

Example: The tourists were CAUGHT UP IN the violence of the revolution.

 

Catch up: on Do something that should have been done earlier.

Example: I'm going home to CATCH UP ON my sleep.

 

Catch up: on Reminisce with an old friend after not seeing them for a while.

Example: I hadn't seen her for years, so we spent the afternoon CATCHING UP ON old times.

 

Catch up with: Do something that should have been done earlier.

Example: I'm going home to CATCH UP WITH my sleep.

 

Catch up with: Meet someone after a period of time and find out what they have been doing.

Example: I CAUGHT UP WITH her at the conference.

 

Catch up with: When something negative starts to have an effect.

Example: His criminal behaviour is starting to CATCH UP WITH him.

 

Catch up with: Punish someone after they have been doing something wrong for a long time.

Example: The tax authorities CAUGHT UP WITH me for not submitting my tax returns.

 

Catch up with: Learn something new that many people already understand.

Example: My mother's trying to CATCH UP WITH computers.

 

Cater for: To provide what is necessary.

Example: The college CATERS FOR students of all ages.

 

Cater to: To provide what is needed, often seen negatively.

Example: The film CATERS TO the audience's worst instincts.

 

Cave in: Collapse.

Example: The roof CAVED IN because of the weight of the snow.

 

Cave in: Stop resisting or refusing.

Example: The government has refused to CAVE IN despite the protests and demonstrations.

 

Chalk out: To cut a line of cocaine.

Example: He went into the toilets to CHALK a line OUT.

 

Chalk up: To achieve something good.

Example: The company has CHALKED UP its highest ever profits.

 

Chalk up to: Explain the reason for a problem.

Example: They CHALKED the poor sales UP TO the lower numbers of tourists visiting this year.

 

Chance upon: Find something by accident.

Example: I CHANCED UPON a very rare book in car boot sale and bought it for 65p.

 

Change over: Change a system.

Example: The Irish CHANGED OVER to using kilo-metres in 2005.

 

Charge up: Put electricity into a battery.

Example: I need to CHARGE my phone UP- the battery's dead.

 

Charge with: Accuse somebody of a crime.

Example:  She was arrested in customs last night and has been CHARGED WITH smuggling.

 

Chase down: Try hard to find or get something.

Example: The press CHASED us DOWN when the story broke.

 

Chase off: Force a person to leave or go away.

Example: The dog CHASED he postal worker OFF.

 

Chase up: Ensure that someone remembers to do something.

Example: The librarian is CHASING me UP about my overdue books.

 

Chase up: Try to get someone to pay a bill, debt, etc.

Example: I CHASED her UP as she hadn't paid for several months.

 

Chase up: Try to get more information about the progress of something.

Example: I didn't get a reply so I have been CHASING them UP.

 

Chat up: Talk to someone you are sexually interested in to get them interested in you.

Example: He spent the whole night CHATTING her UP.

 

Cheat on: Be sexually unfaithful.

Example: She CHEATED ON me with my friend.

 

Cheat on: Deceive or betray, often in a sexual and/or emotional context.

Example: She thought he had always been faithful to her, but he had been CHEATING ON her ever since their wedding day (with one of the bridesmaids).

 

Cheat out of: Get money from someone under false pretences.

Example: I hate him- he CHEATED me OUT OF Ј100.

 

Check by: Visit a place to check something.

Example: We CHECKED BY the office to see if the stuff was ready.

 

Check in: Register on arriving at a hotel or at the airport.

Example: They CHECKED IN at the Ritz yesterday.

 

Check into: Register on arriving at a hotel or at the airport.

Example: They CHECKED INTO the Ritz yesterday.

 

Check off:  Mark something on a list as done.

Example: She CHECKED OFF the candidates' names as they arrived.

 

Check out: Pay the bill when leaving a hotel.

Example: She CHECKED OUT and took a cab to the airport.

 

Check out: Die.

Example: She CHECKED OUT last week; the funeral's tomorrow.

 

Check out: Get information about or inspect something to see if it's satisfactory.

Example: I CHECKED the new restaurant OUT as soon as it opened.

 

Check out of: Settle up and pay before leaving a hotel.

Example: Guests have to CHECK OUT OF the hotel before midday.

 

Check over: Check something very carefully.

Example: We CHECKED the contract OVER before signing it.

 

Cheer on: Encourage.

Example: Their CHEERED their team ON throughout the match.

 

Cheer up: Be less unhappy.

Example: Come on, CHEER UP; it isn't all bad, you know.

 

Chew off: Remove by biting.

Example: The dog CHEWED OFF the man's face.

 

Chew on: Thinks about something carefully before deciding.

Example: I'll CHEW ON it for a day or two and let you know what I think.

 

Chew out: Criticize someone angrily.

Example: They CHEWED him OUT for being late.

 

Chew over: Think about an issue.

Example: He asked for a few days to CHEW the matter OVER before he made a final decision.

 

Chew up: Cut into small pieces with your teeth.

Example: The puppy CHEWED UP the newspaper.

 

Chew up: Damage something inside a machine.

Example: The video CHEWED my tape UP.

 

Chicken out: Be too afraid to do something.

Example: I CHICKENED OUT of the bungee jumping when I saw how high it was.

 

Chill out: Relax.

Example: I'm staying at home and CHILLING OUT this evening.

 

Chime in: Contribute to a discussion.

Example: If it's OK, I'd like to CHIME IN because I think it's a good idea.

 

Chip away at: Gradually reduce something to make it less powerful, effective, etc.

Example: They have been CHIPPING AWAY AT his reputation ever since he took office.

 

Chip in: Contribute some money.

Example: Everybody CHIPPED IN to pay the bill.

 

Chip in: Contribute to a discussion.

Example: If I could CHIP IN, there are a couple of issues I'd like to raise.

 

Choke off: Stop or restrict.

Example: These guerrilla attacks are CHOKING OFF our food shipments.

 

Choke out: Clog or overwhelm.

Example: Water hyacinth is CHOKING OUT the native vegetation in our rivers.

 

Choke up: Become tearfully emotional.

Example: Jeff CHOKED UP during his retirement speech.

 

Choke up: Grip a handle farther from the end for better control.

Example: He CHOKED UP on the bat and hit the ball better.

 

Choose up: Form groups or teams.

Example: We CHOSE UP to play the game.

 

Chop down: Fell or cut down a tree.

Example: They CHOPPED DOWN most of the forest and now it looks like a desert.

 

Chop up: Cut into small pieces.

Example: I CHOPPED UP the vegetables for the soup.

 

Chow down: Eat.

Example: Dinner's ready- CHOW DOWN!.

 

Chow down on: Eat something.

Example: We're going to CHOW DOWN ON that barbecued pork.

 

Chuck away: Dispose of something you no longer need or want.

Example: I CHUCKED AWAY all my old records years ago when CDs came out.

 

Chuck in: Quit something.

Example: I CHUCKED my job IN to go travelling.

 

Chuck in: Make a comment.

Example: I CHUCKED IN a few points at the end of the discussion.

 

Chuck out: Dispose of something you no longer need or want.

Example: I CHUCKED OUT some stuff I found in the fridge that had gone bad.

 

Chuck up: Vomit, be sick.

Example: He got ridiculously drunk and CHUCKED UP in the back of the minicab on the way home.

 

Chuck up: Quit something.

Example: She didn't like the course, so she CHUCKED it UP after a few weeks.

 

Churn out: Produce, usually quickly or in large amounts without much regard to quality.

Example: The government CHURNS OUT educational policies every few months.

 

Clag up: Make something sticky.

Example: His arteries are CLAGGED UP because he eats so much saturated fat.

 

Clam up: Be quiet, refuse to speak.

Example: Everybody CLAMMED UP when the Principal entered.

 

Clamp down on: Restrict or try to stop something.

Example: The government are CLAMPING DOWN ON antisocial behaviour.

 

Claw back: Get money back.

Example: The new tax will CLAW BACK what the government has given out in grants.

 

Claw back: Retake possession with difficulty.

Example: The opposition parties are trying to CLAW BACK the voters they lost in the last election.

 

Claw back: Regain possession with difficulty.

Example: They are CLAWING BACK their market share from their competitors.

 

Clean off: Remove dirt or something dirty.

Example: After dinner, I CLEANED OFF the table.

 

Clean out: Tidy up thoroughly and throw away unwanted things.

Example: I really must CLEAN the study OUT; there's stuff all over the floor and piles of paper everywhere.

 

Clean out: Cause someone to spend all their money.

Example: The holiday CLEANED me OUT- I'm broke till the end of the month.

 

Clean up: Tidy and clean.

Example: CLEAN this bedroom UP; it's a disgrace.

 

Clean up: Profit, sometimes suddenly.

Example: At the horse races yesterday we really CLEANED UP.

 

Clear away: Leave a place.

Example: We were told to CLEAR AWAY from the scene of the accident.

 

Clear away: Remove or tidy.

Example: After dinner, I CLEARED AWAY the plates and dishes.

 

Clear off: Leave somewhere quickly.

Example: As soon as the trouble started, we CLEARED OFF.

 

Clear out: Tidy up thoroughly and throw away unwanted stuff..

Example: I spent the whole weekend CLEARING OUT the attic as it was full of papers and other junk.

 

Clear out: Leave somewhere.

Example: I told them to CLEAR OUT because they were making so much noise.

 

Clear up: Cure or recover from an infection.

Example: I took the antihistamines and the rash CLEARED UP right away.

 

Clear up: Tidy up.

Example: I'd better CLEAR AWAY the mess before leave.

 

Clear up: Explain.

Example: Could you CLEAR these points UP before we go any further?

 

Clear up: Improve (weather).

Example: The skies CLEARED UP and the sun came out.

 

Click through: Open an advertisement on the Internet.

Example: Only a tiny fraction of users ever bother CLICKING THROUGH the banner adverts.

 

Climb down: Accept that you are wrong and change your position.

Example: The Prime Minister had to CLIMB DOWN over his tax proposals because there was so much opposition from the members of his own party.

 

Cling on: Hold tight.

Example: He told me to CLING ON as the motorbike accelerated.

 

Cling on to: Try to keep something.

Example: They CLUNG ON TO power despite the protests.

 

Cling to: Try to maintain beliefs, hopes, etc.

Example: They CLING TO their old way of thinking.

 

Clog up: Block, slow movement right down.

Example: The traffic's so bad the roads get CLOGGED UP at rush hour.

 

Close down: Close a shop, branch or business permanently.

Example: The banks have CLOSED DOWN a lot of branches in villages over the last few years.

 

Close down: Stop an opponent being a challenge.

Example: He CLOSED the player DOWN and stopped him being a threat.

 

Close in: Surround, envelop.

Example: The fog CLOSED IN and we couldn't see two yards in front of us.

 

Close in: Approach, get near.

Example: The police were CLOSING IN so they decided to try to make a break.

 

Close in on: Get near someone.

Example: The police were CLOSING IN ON the gang.

 

Close in upon: Get near someone.

Example: The police were CLOSING IN UPON the gang.

 

Close off: Block a place to stop people entering.

Example: The police CLOSED the road OFF after the explosion.

 

Close on: Get nearer.

Example: She is CLOSING ON the leader of the race.

 

Close out: Bring something to an end.

Example: We CLOSED OUT the meeting early and went home.

 

Close out: Close or stop using.

Example: She CLOSED OUT the account and changed to another bank.

 

Close out: Ignore, exclude.

Example: They always CLOSE me OUT of their plans.

 

Close up: Completely close something.

Example: They CLOSE UP the building after everyone has left.

 

Close up: Join together.

Example: The leaves CLOSE UP when it rains.

 

Close up: Move closer together.

Example: They CLOSED UP when they saw the gang coming towards them.

 

Cloud over: Get very cloudy.

Example: The morning started bright and warm, but it CLOUDED OVER around midday and poured with rain.

 

Clown about: Behave stupidly or waste time.

Example: The students were CLOWNING ABOUT all lesson.

 

Clown around: Behave stupidly or waste time.

Example: I couldn't concentrate because they were CLOWNING AROUND all afternoon.

 

Coast along: Do something without making much effort or trying to improve.

Example: She's been COASTING ALONG all year and hasn't made a lot of progress.

 

Cobble together: Make, assemble or produce something quickly, without much care.

Example: They COBBLED a few pages TOGETHER and submitted it.

 

Cock up: Ruin or spoil something.

Example: It was so easy, but he managed to COCK everything UP.

 

Colour (Color) up: Blush.

Example: He COLOURED (COLORED) UP when he was caught stealing from the till.

 

Come about: Happen, occur.

Example: The meeting CAME ABOUT because both sides were sick of fighting.

 

Come about: Shift direction (nautical).

Example: The yacht CAME ABOUT to a heading of 240 degrees.

 

Come across: Find by accident.

Example: I CAME ACROSS my old school reports when I was clearing out my desk.

 

Come across: Agree to have sex with someone.

Example: I was surprised when she CAME ACROSS on the first night.

 

Come across: The way other people see you.

Example: He CAME ACROSS as shy because he spoke so quietly.

 

Come along: Accompany.

Example: May I COME ALONG on your trip tomorrow?

 

Come along: Move faster or keep up.

Example: COME ALONG, we’ll never get there if you don’t keep up with us.

 

Come apart: Break into pieces.

Example: It CAME APART when I tried to lift it off the floor and I had to glue it back together.

 

Come around: Recover consciousness.

Example: It took several hours after the operation before he CAME AROUND.

 

Come around to: Agree with or accept something you had previously disapproved of or disliked..

Example: They have started COMING AROUND TO our way of thinking and are less hostile.

 

Come back: Return.

Example: I left work and CAME BACK home early.

 

Come before: Appear in court charged with a crime or offense.

Example: He CAME BEFORE the court on charges of speeding.

 

Come by: Visit.

Example: I'll COME BY after work and see if you need any help.

 

Come by: Acquire.

Example: How did you COME BY that Rolex?

 

Come down: Rain.

Example: Just look at the rain COMING DOWN! I'm not going out in that.

 

Come down: Travel.

Example: When you're next in London, COME DOWN and see us. Come down on criticise heavily.

The management really CAME DOWN ON him for losing the contract.

 

Come down upon: Criticise, reprimand severely.

Example: They will COME DOWN UPON us if we are late.

 

Come down with: Fall ill.

Example: She CAME DOWN WITH a virus.

 

Come forth: Appear.

Example: The draft proposal CAME FORTH in April.

 

Come forth with: Provide information.

Example: None of the witnesses CAME FORTH WITH an accurate description of the gang.

 

Come from: Country or town where you were born.

Example: She COMES FROM Somalia.

 

Come in: Arrive for flights.

Example: The plane CAME IN at two-thirty in the morning.

 

Come in: Place or ranking in a competition, etc.

Example:  I did my best but CAME IN last but one in the race.

 

Come in: Receive news.

Example: Reports are just COMING IN of an assassination attempt on the President.

 

Come in: for Receive (criticism or praise).

Example: Jack\'s COME IN FOR quite a lot of criticism of late.

 

Come into: Be important or relevant.

Example: Money doesn't COME INTO it; I simply will not do it under any circumstances.

 

Come into: Inherit.

Example: She CAME INTO a lot of money when her grandmother died.

 

Come into use: Start being used.

Example: The computerised system CAME INTO USE at the end of last year.

 

Come off: When something breaks off.

Example: I picked it up and the handle CAME OFF in my hand.

 

Come off: Be successful.

Example: I was surprised when the plan CAME OFF so easily.

Example: Come off it I don't believe what you're saying (used as an imperative.)

Example: COME OFF IT; tell me the truth for goodness' sake.

 

Come on: Encouragement.

Example: COME ON; don't give up now when you're so close to finishing.

 

Come on: Start an illness.

Example: I've got a bit of a headache. I hope it doesn't mean I've got flu COMING ON.

 

Come on: Start functioning (machines, etc).

Example: The central heating COMES ON automatically an hour before I have to get up.

 

Come out: A secret is revealed.

Example: The details of the scandal CAME OUT in the press and she had to resign.

 

Come out: Be published or otherwise available to the public.

Example: The band's new CD is COMING OUT in September.

 

Come out: Disappear when washed.

Example: The red wine I spilt just will not COME OUT of the carpet no matter what I try to clean it with.

 

Come out: Let people know that you are lesbian or gay.

Example: She CAME OUT at university and has been living with her partner, Jane, for the last couple of years.

 

Come out: When the sun appears.

Example: It started cloudy, but then the sun CAME OUT and we all went to the park.

 

Come out in: Have a rash or similar skin problem.

Example: She CAME OUT IN a nasty rash after touching the poisonous plant by mistake.

 

Come out of: Recover consciousness.

After three years, he CAME OUT OF the coma.

 

Come out with: Make something available.

Example: They have just COME OUT WITH a new version.

 

Come out with: Say something publicly and unexpectedly.

Example: She CAME OUT WITH the answer when everyone was expecting it to remain unsolved.

 

Come over: Feel strange.

Example: I CAME OVER all faint and weak because my sugar level was too low. (British)

 

Come over: Affect mentally in such a way as to change behaviour (possibly related to 'overcome').

Example: I'm sorry about last night - I don't know what CAME OVER me.

 

Come round: Become conscious, wake up from anaesthetic.

Example: She CAME ROUND and learned that the operation had been a complete success.

 

Come round: Change your opinion.

Example: At first she didn't like the idea, but she CAME ROUND to our way of thinking in the end.

 

Come through: Arrive (messages and information).

Example: News is COMING THROUGH of a major accident on the M25, where freezing fog has been making driving conditions extremely dangerous.

 

Come through: Communicate an emotion.

Example: The anger she felt COMES THROUGH.

 

Come through: Produce a result.

Example: They promised they'd do it, but they haven't COME THROUGH yet.

 

Come through with: Provide something needed.

Example: He didn't COME THROUGH WITH the money and they went bust.

 

Come to: Become conscious, wake up from an aesthetic.

Example: She CAME TO an hour after the operation.

 

Come to: Result in.

Example: The two men started arguing but they soon CAME TO blows and started fighting in earnest.

 

Come up: Appear.

Example: I'll be late home tonight because something's COME UP at work has to be ready for tomorrow morning.

 

Come up: Rise (the sun).

Example: The sun CAME UP just as we reached the outskirts of the town.

 

Come up against: Encounter problems or difficulties.

Example: They CAME UP AGAINST a lot of opposition to their plans for an out-of town supermarket development.

 

Come up with: Think of a solution, excuse, etc.

Example: Nobody could COME UP WITH a satisfactory explanation for the accident.

 

Come upon: Find by chance.

Example: I CAME UPON the book in a little second-hand bookshop in Dorset.

 

Conjure up: Create a picture or memory in someone's mind.

Example: It CONJURES UP memories of my school days.

 

Conjure up: Create something without many resources.

Example: I had to CONJURE UP a full weekend's entertainment for the visitors with no notice at all.

 

Conk out: Fall fast asleep.

Example: I was exhausted and CONKED OUT on the sofa.

 

Conk out: Suddenly breakdown or stop working.

Example: The printer CONKED OUT so I couldn't get a hard copy.

 

Contract in: Become involved or committed to something.

Example: Since it started, many companies have CONTRACTED IN to lend their support.

 

Contract out: Give a contract for a service outside the company you work for.

Example: They have CONTRACTED OUT their catering services to save money.

 

Contract out of:  Formally leave and agreement.

Example: I CONTRACTED OUT OF the deal years ago.

 

Cool down: Get cooler.

Example: I left the tea for a minute until it had COOLED DOWN enough to drink.

 

Cool down: Become calm.

Example: It took me ages to COOL DOWN after the argument.

 

Cool off: Become calmer.

Example: We’ll talk to Fred once he COOLS OFF and can talk rationally.

 

Coop up: Confine in a small area.

Example: They COOPED the dog UP in a tiny room.

 

Cop it: Get into trouble.

Example: They really COPPED IT when they got caught shoplifting.

 

Cop off: Leave work or school early.

Example: We COPPED OFF early on Friday because there was nothing to do.

 

Cop off: Kiss, pet or have sex with someone.

Example: She COPPED OFF with Damian at the end-of-term party.

 

Cop out: Choose an easy alternative.

Example: She was going to take a Master's degree but COPPED OUT and chose the Diploma course instead.

 

Cost up: Calculate how expensive some work is going to be.

Example: The decorators are going to COST UP the work tomorrow.

 

Cotton on: To work out the truth.

Example: It took me ages to COTTON ON to what they were planning.

 

Cough up: Lose possession of a ball, etc. in a contact sport.

Example: He was checked so hard he COUGHED UP the puck in front of his own goal.

 

Cough up: Expel something from your lungs or throat by coughing.

Example: He gave up smoking after he COUGHED UP some blood.

 

Could do with: Need or want something.

Example: I COULD really DO WITH a cup of tea.

 

Count against: Affect negatively, make less likely to succeed.

Example: Not having a university degree will COUNT AGAINST her.

 

Count among: Include someone or something in a group, category, etc.

Example: I COUNT her AMONG my closest friends.

 

Count down: Wait impatiently or excitedly for something to happen.

Example: I'm COUNTING DOWN the days till they leave.

 

Count for: Be recognised as important, worthwhile or valuable.

Example: Experience COUNTS FOR a lot in decision making.

 

Count in: Include or involve.

Example: If you're going on that skiing holiday, you can COUNT me IN; I'd love to go.

 

Count off: Say numbers aloud in a sequence.

Example: They COUNTED the students OFF as they arrived.

 

Count on: Depend, rely.

Example: You can COUNT ON them; if they have promised to do something, they'll do it.

 

 Count on: Expect something to happen and base plans on it.

Example: I was COUNTING ON the payment arriving last week and was really angry when it didn't arrive as I didn't have enough money to pay for everything.

 

Count out: Exclude.

Example: I don't want to go- you can COUNT me OUT.

 

Count out: Count a certain amount of money.

Example: He COUNTED OUT Ј250 and paid me.

 

Count towards: Be a part needed to complete something.

Example: The coursework COUNTS TOWARDS the final grade.

 

Count up: Add.

Example:  COUNT UP the number of tickets sold, please.

 

Count upon: Expect something to happen and base plans on it.

Example: I was COUNTING UPON their support and lost because they didn't vote my way.

 

Count upon: Depend, rely.

Example: I COUNT UPON them to help me.

 

Cover for: Provide an excuse or alibi.

Example: She asked me to COVER FOR her if anyone asked where she'd gone.

 

Cover for: Do someone's work while they are temporarily absent.

Example: I COVERED FOR her while she was off sick.

 

Cover up: Conceal, try to stop people finding out.

Example: They tried to COVER UP the incident but it got into the newspapers.

 

Cozy up: Make yourself comfortable.

Example: It was cold and I COZIED UP by the fire.

 

Cozy up to: Make yourself popular with someone.

Example: He's been COZYING UP TO our boss because he wants a pay rise.

 

Crack down on: Use more authority than usual.

Example: The police always CRACK DOWN ON drink-driving offences over the Christmas period.

 

Crack on: Continue doing something with energy.

Example: We had to CRACK ON to get everything finished on time.

 

Crack up: Have a nervous breakdown.

Example: He CRACKED UP after his son died and had to take a couple of months off work.

 

Crack up: Have bad reception on a mobile phone.

Example: You'll have to talk louder- you're CRACKING UP.

 

Crack up: Burst out laughing.

Example: Everybody CRACKED UP when he told the joke.

 

Crack up: Damage a car badly.

Example: He CRACKED his car UP last night when he came off the road.

 

Crank out: Produce a lot of something fast.

Example: My boss keeps CRANKING OUT stupid memos.

 

Crank up: Inject non-medical drugs.

Example: He's been CRANKING UP heroin for years.

 

Crank up: Start a machine, originally with a handle.

Example: He CRANKED the saw UP.

 

Crank up:  Increase, make something bigger.

Example: I CRANKED the volume UP as high as it would go.

 

Crash out: Sleep at someone's house because you are too tired, drunk, etc. to leave.

Example: Dave CRASHED OUT at a friend's flat after the end-of-term party.

 

Crash out: Fall asleep.

Example: I CRASHED OUT in front of the TV last night.

 

Cream off: Separate the best or most talented people so that they can receive special or different treatment.

Example: The private schools CREAM OFF many of the best pupils.

 

Cream off: Take money or divert funds, usually wrongfully or unfairly.

Example: This means smaller banks can CREAM OFF excess profits during lending booms.

 

Creep in: Start to be noticeable.

Example: He tried to stay calm, but you could hear the anger CREEPING IN.

 

Creep in: Get included despite attempts to keep it or them out.

Example: Errors CREPT IN as the text got longer.

 

Creep into: Become noticeable in something.

Example: An angry tone CREPT INTO her voice.

 

Creep out: make someone feel worried or uneasy.

Example: He CREEPS me OUT when he gets drunk.

 

Creep out on: To do the same activity for a very long time.

Example: He's been CREEPING OUT ON that computer game all day.

 

Creep over: Start to have a negative feeling.

Example: Fear CREPT OVER me as I walked through the graveyard.

 

Creep up: on Approach without someone realising.

Example: They CREPT UP ON their rivals and overtook them.

 

Crop up: Appear unexpectedly.

Example: I'm going to be late tonight as something has just CROPPED UP at work.

 

Cross off: Delete, remove from a list.

Example: She CROSSED him OFF her Christmas card list after they argued.

 

Cross out: Put as line through some writing to show it is wrong.

Example: She CROSSED OUT her mistakes and wrote the correct answers above them.

 

Cross up: Confuse, deceive.

Example: The treasure map was deliberately drawn to CROSS us UP.

 

Cruise through: Pass or succeed easily.

Example: He CRUISED THROUGH the exam.

 

Crumb down: Clear a table in a restaurant.

Example: The waiter CRUMBED DOWN before the coffee was served.

 

Cry off: To cancel an arrangement.

Example: I've got to work tonight; can I CRY OFF going out for dinner?

 

Cry out: Shout because you are in pain.

Example: He CRIED OUT when he dropped the box on his toes.

 

Cut across: Go across a place rather than around it to make the journey quicker.

Example: It'll be quicker if we CUT ACROSS the park.

 

Cut across: Affect people of different groups, classes, etc.

Example: The issue CUTS ACROSS social backgrounds as it affects us all equally.

 

Cut back: Reduce.

Example: The firm CUT BACK production because sales were sluggish.

 

Cut back: Remove branches from a plant or tree to encourage future growth.

Example: We CUT the tree BACK every winter.

 

Cut back on: Reduce expenditure.

Example: The government has decided to CUT BACK ON spending on the armed forces.

 

Cut down: Consume less.

Example: I'm trying to CUT DOWN the amount of coffee I drink during the day.

 

Cut down: Shoot.

Example: A lot of soldiers were CUT DOWN by enemy fire as they stormed the airport.

 

Cut down: Reduce a vertical thing to ground level by cutting.

Example: The logger CUT the tree DOWN.

 

Cut down: Cut something from a high position.

Example: After Christmas he didn't carefully detach all the decorations, he just CUT them all DOWN.

 

Cut down on: Reduce.

Example: Doctors advised her to CUT DOWN ON the amount of saturated fats in her diet.

 

Cut in: Start functioning.

Example: The fans CUT IN when the engine starts getting too hot.

 

Cut in: Drive in front of another vehicle without warning.

Example: A car CUT IN and nearly caused an accident.

 

Cut in: Interrupt.

Example: We were having a conversation when he came up and CUT IN.

 

Cut in: Include someone in a deal that makes money.

Example: We had to CUT the police IN on the deal to avoid trouble.

 

Cut in: Mix fat and flour until the combine.

Example: CUT the butter IN with the flour.

 

Cut it out: Stop your unfair or unreasonable behaviour.

Example: Will you two idiots CUT IT OUT and keep quiet.

 

Cut off: Disconnect.

Example: The telephone's been CUT OFF because we didn't pay the bill.

 

Cut off: Isolate or make inaccessible.

Example: The heavy snow has blocked many roads and CUT OFF a number of villages.

 

Cut out: Exclude.

Example: I'm CUTTING OUT salt from my diet.

 

Cut out: When an engine or motor stops.

Example: The car CUT OUT at the traffic lights just as they went green.

 

Cut out: Cut a picture or similar from a magazine, etc.

Example: I CUT some pictures OUT to use as visual aids.

 

Cut out: Leave quickly.

Example: We’d better CUT OUT, the security men are on the way.

 

Cut out: Separate livestock from a group.

Example: They CUT OUT three prime bulls from the herd.

 

Cut out on: Let down, snub.

Example: Although he'd promised to help, the star CUT OUT ON the charity when offered more money.

 

Cut up: Cut into smaller pieces.

Example: After cutting the tree down, the logger CUT it UP into logs.

 

Cut up: Drive into a neighbouring lane, directly in front of another vehicle.

Example: I was just driving onto the motorway slip-road, when a red Mini CUT me UP and I had to brake suddenly to avoid an accident.

 

Cut up: Upset.

Example: Her reaction really CUT me UP.

 

Cut up: Have a lot of small injuries.

Example: I CUT my hand UP when I broke the glass.

 

 

Last modified on Четверг, 09 Февраль 2017 09:00

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