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Kev Nair

“Quirk for grammar, Fowler for usage and Kev Nair for fluency...” – The New Indian Express.

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FLUENCY
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“A dedicated fluency-oriented
English language thesaurus...
Marks the birth of a new branch
in thesaurus making.” – THE HINDU.

Second Edition

TM
Adult Faculties Council
Prof. Kev Nair
Core Fluency Thesaurus

Prof. Kev Nair was born in Kerala, South India, in 1949.


He’s an eminent scholar. He’s a first class LL.B. and a first class
LL.M. And he was ranked first in university in both the LL. B. and
LL. M. exams.
• “Nair was the first person in the world to give shape to the
area of study now known as ‘English fluency development’
and to systematize it into a distinct teachable subject... So he
is better known as the father of fluency development.”
– General Knowledge Today.
• “He had been researching since 1971, and the results... led
him to new discoveries... ”
– THE HINDU.
• “Prof. Kev Nair is regarded the world over as the father of
fluency lexicography... Fluency lexicography came into exist-
ence as a separate branch of dictionary writing with the
publication of Prof. Nair’s Dictionary of Active Fluency
Combinations in 1986.”
– Competition Success Review.
• “Pioneer fluency lexicographer”
– The New Indian Express.
• “His students are spread across 35 countries; highly educated,
well-placed professionals turn to him for help... Prof. Kev
Nair... has... reached out to thousands – judicial officers,
professionals, top executives, scholars – who need that
comfort and ease in speech with his specialised fluency
techniques.”
– The New Indian Express.
Prof. Nair is a lawyer by profession. He lives with his wife and two
children in Kochi, Kerala, an enchanting place on the earth.
Fluent English Lexicons by Prof. Kev Nair
• A Dictionary of Active Fluency Combinations.
• A Dictionary of Fluency Word Clusters.
• The Complete Fluency Words.
• A Dictionary of Essential Fluency Phrases.
• Core Fluency Thesaurus.
• Comprehensive Adjectival Fluency Dictionary.
• Narrative Fluency Dictionary.
• Thesaurus of Phrasal Verbs.

Books by Kev Nair making up


Fluentzy: The English Fluency Encyclopedia
• B1: Idea units & Fluency.
• B2: Speech Generation & Flow Production.
• B3: Teaching your Tongue & Speech Rhythm.
• B4: Key Speech-initiators & Speech-unit Patterns.
• S1/B13 & S2/B14: Fluency in Functional English (Vols. 1 & 2).
• S3/B15: Fluency in Telephone English & Sectoral English.
• B5: How to Deal with Hesitation.
• B6: Oral Training in Fluency Vocabulary (Vol.1).
• B7: Packing of Information.
• B8: Impromptu Speech-flow Techniques.
• S4/B16: Fluency Building & Mouth Gymnastics.
• S5/B17: Fluency in speaking about people.
• B9: Fluency in Asking Questions.
• B10: Oral Training in Fluency Vocabulary (Vol.2).
• B11: Fluency & Moment-to-Moment Speech-production.
• B12: Oral Training in Fluency Vocabulary (Vol.3).
• S6/B18 & S7/B19: Fluency in Topicwise English (Vols. 1 & 2).
• S8/B20: Fluency & Pronunciation.

Note: 1). The Fluent English Lexicons do not form part of Fluentzy: The English
Fluency Encyclopedia. They’re separate publications – meant for those who want
to specialize in fluency-oriented vocabulary. For details, visit
www.fluencybookz.com. 2). As for more information about Fluentzy: The English
Fluency Encyclopedia, visit www.fluentzy.com and www.fluentenglish.com.
CFT

Core Fluency Thesaurus

A wholly new kind of thesaurus...


One with a fluency-only focus.

Second Edition

Prof. Kev Nair

Adult Faculties Council


For Uma, Anup and Usha

CORE FLUENCY THESAURUS


First published 2004.
Second edition, 2005.
Copyright © Prof. K. E. V. Nair, 2004, 2005 (twice), 2006, 2007.
The right of Prof. K. E. V. Nair @ KevNair to be identified as the
author of this book has been asserted by him in accordance with the
Copyright Act, 1957.
All rights reserved. No part of this book shall be copied or reproduced
or transmitted in any form or manner whatever, or by any means,
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in the case of brief quotations or as allowed by the Copyright Act
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All quotations from this book shall credit Prof. KevNair.
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not circulate it.
Any violation of these terms and conditions will invite civil and
criminal proceedings and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of
the law.
Published in India by Mrs. Uma V. Nair, Adult Faculties Council, DP
Lane, Elamakkara PO, Kochi-682 026, Kerala.
Printed in India by Matha Offset Printers, Power House Road,
Ernakulam - 682 018, Kerala.
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Price: Rs.395.00.
Contents

Preface, 7
Preface to the second edition, 9
Abbreviations, 11
Introduction, 13
Thesaurus, 17
Preface

This book gives you collections of fluency-promoting word groups. Its focus
is on the vocabulary-needs of advanced users of English who are trying to
achieve a high degree of fluency in English.
You’ll find these fluency-promoting word groups collected together under
various headwords. All these headwords are verbs. At the entry for each verb,
you’ll get word groups with similar meanings or near-similar meanings ar-
ranged in alphabetical order.
I record my thanks to the publisher.
Do you have any suggestions, comments or criticisms? Please do write to me
(care of the Adult Faculties Council). I would like to hear from you.

KEV Nair
Kochi, 2004.
Preface to the second edition

I’ve now thoroughly revised and updated the collections of the word combi-
nations.
If you have any suggestions, comments or criticisms, please do write to me
(care of the Adult Faculties Council).

Kev Nair
Kochi, 2005.
Abbreviations

fml formal
infml informal
sb somebody
sth something
sw somewhere
Introduction

T
HIS IS a new kind of thesau- frequent/important (for fluency
rus. Its purpose is to help you training) a headword is by using the
achieve a better command of indicators ‘AAA, ‘AA’ and ‘A’. Head-
fluency-oriented vocabulary. And it words marked ‘AAA’ are more fre-
groups together, under headwords, quent/important than those marked
word groups that express meanings ‘AA’ and ‘A’. And headwords marked
similar to, or somewhat similar to, ‘AA’ are more frequent/important than
their important meanings. those marked ‘A’.
The key point you should note here is Note this: The word groups you’ll find
this: This new thesaurus groups only under a headword are not all phrases,
word groups — not individual words. collocations, etc. containing that
The reason is this: Fluent speech (as particular headword, but mostly those
well as fluent dictation) happens formed by other words. And these are
mostly through word groups, and not word groups that have nearly the
through individual words. In general, same meaning as the various senses in
an individual word is used as a which that headword can be used in
speech unit only when it can do the speech and writing.
work of a word group. So if you’re There’s another important feature you
trying to achieve great fluency, the can notice about this book. All the
vocabulary items you should master headwords are verbs. Yes, verbs — and
are word groups — groups of words not nouns, adjectives or adverbs. You
that individual words tend to form know, grammatically speaking, speech
with other words, with a more-than- and writing happen in ‘clauses’ (or
chance frequency: Phrases, colloca- abbreviated clauses). And the verb
tions, phrasal verbs, idioms and other element is the soul of a clause — its
multi-word items that add to your heart, that which makes it exist and
fluency. go. And it’s the verb element that
And these are the kinds of word gives life to the other clause elements.
groups you’ll find under the various And it’s when they work in combina-
headwords in this new kind of tion with verbs that the roles of nouns
thesaurus. I’ve marked how relatively and adverbs (and even of adjectives)
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come alive. And so I’d like you to be they’re useful for everyday communi-
clear about this: Just try and achieve cation, because its purpose is to try
a good mastery of the core verbs, and and be useful to all categories of
a major part of your fluency problem readers (from a junior school student
would be over. to a cross-word puzzle enthusiast),
and not to cater to fluency enthusiasts
And remember this: A verb (or for
alone.
that matter, any other word) stands
for an idea — in fact, for as many The result is that most of the vocabu-
ideas as it has senses. And a good lary items that a conventional
mastery of a verb includes a mastery thesaurus lists under its headwords
of these word groups: Word groups are irrelevant for the fluency building
(formed by words other than that work, and their percentage is so high
verb) that can be used in speech or that those that can be relevant for the
writing as paraphrases or near- fluency-building work get buried
paraphrases of the various senses of among them.
that verb. In fact, as the focus of a conventional
But a conventional thesaurus doesn’t thesaurus is not on fluency building, a
concentrate on verbs. In fact, it large number of word groups that are
doesn’t concentrate on any other type fluency-oriented (and that anyone
of words, either — but gives equal who is trying to achieve a high degree
importance to them all: Verbs, nouns, of fluency ought to have a good
adjectives, adverbs. So if you try to command of) wouldn’t even find a
make use of a conventional thesaurus place in it.
to improve your fluency-oriented And so people who try to make use of
vocabulary by mastering verbs, your it, under the wrong impression that it
attention is certain to be diverted would help them to improve their
from verbs to other types of words, communicative word power, would
and you’ll find it difficult to focus on find a conventional thesaurus
verbs. confusing and unhelpful.
And that’s not all. A conventional I’m telling you all this to drive an
thesaurus does not confine itself to important point home: If you’re trying
the core words (on which fluency to achieve a good command of
word power depends) as its head- fluency-relevant vocabulary, a
words, but tries to fill its pages with conventional thesaurus won’t be of
as many headwords as possible. And much help — no matter how helpful it
most of them are words outside the may be for other purposes. This is so
central core of the everyday vocabu- whether it’s a Roget-style thesaurus or
lary field, and are of no real value to a dictionary-style thesaurus. Instead,
a person who is trying to pick up a you need dedicated fluency-oriented
greater command of fluency-oriented vocabulary building books — books
vocabulary. that focus on fluency-building
And even under headwords that are vocabulary.
core words, a conventional thesaurus And the Fluency Thesaurus you have
tends to list as many vocabulary items in your hands now is one such
as possible, irrespective of whether dedicated fluency-oriented vocabulary
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building book* — and the first that kind of sub-grouping would


thesaurus of its kind. defeat the very purpose for which this
book has been written: To prompt the
One effective way of achieving
readers’ thinking, and to get them to
mastery of fluency-building vocabu-
try and relate each word group to the
lary is this: Keep browsing through
headword under which it occurs
the word groups listed under the
through any of the senses in which the
various headwords of this Fluency
headword can be used. So I have
Thesaurus. Remember that all the
arranged the word groups in alpha-
word groups you’ll find under a
betical order, because this sort of
particular headword are related to
arrangement can help a reader to
one another in some way through
search and find, or refer back to, a
that headword (= entry word).
particular word group quickly and
While browsing through the word easily.
groups, keep trying to relate each
And when you’ve used this book in
word group occurring under a
headword to that headword. It’d be a this way for a few weeks and have
good idea to have a standard become thoroughly familiar with the
Advanced Learner’s Dictionary** to word groups it gives, what begins to
hand, so you can quickly look up the improve will not only be your
word groups you’re uncertain about. productive fluency, but also your
receptive fluency. And then, it also
As you know, most core words have begins to become easier for you to
more than one sense. The word understand native speakers of English
groups you’ll find under a headword when they speak English with a
in this book are those that can natural flow. Remember this: The
express the important senses or ability to understand the kind of
related senses of that headword in English that native speakers of English
different ways. But I have not speak is as important as being fluent
categorized the word groups into sub- in speaking native-like English, if you
sets with each sub-set representing a are to become good at having
particular sense or sub-sense, because conversations with them.

* For a list of other dedicated fluency-oriented vocabulary building books by Prof.


Kev Nair, please see page 2. – Publisher.
** By the way, here’s a point of general interest: No matter how deep your knowledge
of English is, if you’re someone who has to make heavy use of fluent English every day,
you need a standard dictionary meant for advanced learners. For example, if your first
language isn’t English, and if you’re a serious, everyday user of normal, everyday En-
glish, even if you already have a copy of a large dictionary like the Concise Oxford
Dictionary, you should go ahead and buy a dictionary meant for advanced learners
(published by the Oxford University Press or by some other reputed publisher like
Longman, COBUILD, Cambridge, or Macmillan). Mind you, nobody ever really stops
being an advanced learner — or being in need of an ALD.
accuse

A
• have a crack at (infml). • have a go at
(infml). • have a shot at (infml). • have
a stab at (infml). • have faith in. • jump
at. • launch into. • learn to live with. •
abuse vb –A. let in. • like it or lump it (infml). • like
be rude (to). • be severe. • beat up. • the idea. • live and let live. • make do.
call sb names. • cast aspersions on. • • make the best of. • not oppose. • of-
commit rape. • do an injustice to. • do fer friendship to. • opt for. • participate
over (infml). • do violence to. • do in. • provide entertainment. • put con-
wrong by. • do wrong to. • do your fidence in. • put up with. • receive
worst. • give sb a bad time. • handle favourably. • reconcile yourself to. •
roughly. • heap abuse. • ill-treat. • ill- rely on. • reply in the affirmative. •
use. • impose upon. • indecently as- resign yourself. • say yes to. • set about.
sault. • interfere with. • knock about/ • sign up for. • string along. • submit
around. • milk dry. • not respect. • to. • surrender to. • take for. • take in.
pour vitriol. • put sb through it. • put • take on yourself. • take on. • take
through the hoop. • rough up (infml). part in. • take receipt of. • take respon-
• sexually abuse. • sexually assault. • sibility for. • take sb at their word. •
shout at. • swear at. • take advantage take sth as gospel (infml). • take up an
of. • take it out of sb. • treat badly. • offer. • take up an option. • take up. •
treat roughly. • vituperate against. • turn your hand to. • venture on. • write
work over. an IOU. • yield to.
accept vb –AAA. accuse vb –AA.
abide by. • accede to. • acclimatize accuse yourself. • admit the charge. •
yourself to. • accommodate yourself to. appeal to law. • arraign for. • assign
• acquiesce in. • act in accordance guilt to. • attribute liability to. • be in-
with. • address yourself to. • adhere to. solent. • blame for. • bring charges
• adjust to. • agree in principle. • against. • bring home to. • bring into
agree to receive. • agree to. • assent to. court. • bring proceedings against. •
• be convinced of. • be credulous. • be bring to trial (for). • bring up on
given. • be hospitable. • be responsible charges. • cast a slur on. • cast asper-
for. • become accustomed to. • become sions. • cast blame upon. • cast the first
involved in. • become reconciled to. • stone. • charge to. • charge with. •
become resigned to. • bow to. • buy it. complain against. • condemn for. • con-
• cater for. • come by. • comply with. nect with. • criticize for. • declare
• concentrate on. • concur with. • con- guilty. • denounce for. • fasten on. • file
form to. • consent to. • cooperate with. a claim. • file charges against. • find
• count on. • deal with. • defer to. • fault. • fix on. • fix the responsibility
depend on. • devote yourself to. • em- for. • hang sth on. • haul before the
bark on. • engage in. • enter on. • ex- court. • haul into court. • have sb up.
ercise your discretion. • face up to. • • have the law on. • hold accountable
fall for (infml). • get cracking on (for). • hold against. • hold answerable
(infml). • get down to. • get to grips (for). • hold responsible (for). • hold to
with. • get used to. • give credence to. blame. • impeach for. • implicate your-
• give credit to. • give in to. • give self. • impute blame to. • indict for. •
marks for. • give points for. • give sth inform against. • involve yourself. • lay
a whirl (infml). • go about. • go along at the door of (infml). • lay charges
with. • go for (infml). • grant a receipt. against. • lay the blame on sb for. • lay
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the blame on. • lay to your charge. • out. • wrap up.


lay yourself open. • lodge a complaint.
act vb –AAA.
• make a scapegoat. • make accusa-
acquit yourself. • act a part. • act for. •
tions about. • make responsible. •
act in accordance with. • act in place of.
make sb a party. • make sb a scapegoat.
• act like a charm. • act on/upon. • act
• name names. • peach on. • pick on.
out. • act the part of. • act the role. •
• pin on. • pin sth on. • pin the blame
be active. • be an actor/actress. • be
on. • place to sb’s account. • plead
busy. • be efficacious. • be employed. •
guilty. • point a/the finger at. • point
be in action. • be in process. • be one of
at. • prefer charges (against). • press
the cast. • bear yourself. • carry into
charges. • prosecute for. • put on trial
effect. • carry on. • carry out. • comply
for. • put the blame on. • put the finger
with. • comport yourself. • con your
on. • put the screws on. • put yourself
part. • conduct yourself. • cover for. •
out of court. • raise a hue and cry. • rat
create a role. • cue in. • cut a figure. •
on. • rebut the charge. • retort the
deal in. • deport yourself. • deputize
charge. • saddle with. • serve with a
substitute for. • discharge the functions.
summons. • shift the blame. • show up.
• discharge your duties. • do a play. •
• split on. • stick sth on sb (infml). •
do duty for. • do sth. • do the work of.
take sb to court. • take to court for. •
• do your stuff. • dramatize yourself. •
tax with. • tell on. • throw the first
dress up. • exercise the functions. • face
stone. • turn the tables upon.
the cameras. • fill in for. • forget your
achieve vb –AA. lines. • get down to brass tacks. • get
act out. • arrive at. • be instrumental. going. • get in on the act. • get moving
• bring about. • bring off. • bring to a (infml). • get your name in lights. • give
conclusion. • bring to an end. • bring to the appearance of. • go about. • go
fruition. • bring to pass. • button up. • ahead. • go on the stage. • go through
call it a day. • carry off. • carry out. • the motions. • ham it up. • handle your-
carry through. • carry to completion. • self. • have an effect on. • impress you
chalk up. • come by. • come through. • as. • keep going. • live over. • make a
dispose of. • do the deed. • do the job. move. • make a show of. • make head-
• do the trick. • do yourself proud. • fill way. • make progress. • make your de-
the bill. • finish off. • finish up. • fol- but. • make with. • masquerade as. •
low through. • gain your end. • get perform the duties. • play a part. • play
done. • get through. • get at. • give up. opposite. • play the lead. • play the part
• go all the way. • go the limit. • go the of. • play to the gallery. • play up
whole hog. • go far. • hack it. • have (infml). • play your part. • play-act. •
effect. • knock off. • make an end of. • produce an effect. • put forth energy. •
make happen. • make headway. • make put in on. • put it on. • put on airs. •
it. • make short work of. • make work put on an act. • put on. • receive a
out. • make it. • make out. • mop up. standing ovation. • represent yourself
• pick up. • play out. • polish off. • pull as. • say your lines. • send up. • serve
off. • put across. • put the finishing as. • stage show. • stand in for. • steal
touch on. • put the lid on. • put the tin the show. • step into. • strut your stuff.
lid on. • put through. • rack up. • • substitute for. • take a curtain call. •
round out. • see it out. • see it through. take a part. • take action. • take all the
• see to. • sew up. • succeed in. • take limelight. • take effect. • take heed of.
measures. • take possession of. • turn • take measures. • take notice of. • take
out. • turn the trick. • wind up. • work off. • take on. • take part. • take steps.
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• take the centre of the stage. • take down to. • get stuck into. • get to grips
the initiative. • take the part (of). • with. • get weaving on. • give a dis-
take the place of. • throw a perfor- course to. • give a dissertation to. • give
mance. • tread the boards (infml). • a lecture to. • give a sermon to. • give
walk on. • work like magic. a speech. • give a talk to. • give an ad-
dress to. • give an oration to. • grapple
add vb –AAA.
with. • have a crack at. • have a go at.
add a meaning. • add a postscript. •
• have a shot at. • have a stab at. • hold
add frills. • add on. • add to. • add
forth to. • jaw to (infml). • make a
together. • add up. • add your share.
speech to. • make conversation with. •
• amount to. • be/seem plausible. •
preach to. • preachify to (infml). • see
be/seem reasonable. • bring to. •
to. • settle down to. • sound off to
bring together. • build on. • build in.
(infml). • speak to. • speechify to
• burden with. • carry on. • carry
(infml). • spiel to (infml). • spout to
over. • cast up. • cipher up. • clap on.
(infml). • take aim at. • take in hand. •
• clip to. • come to. • contribute to. •
take up. • talk to. • try to deal with. •
count up. • do a sum. • do simple ad-
try to sort out. • turn to. • turn your
dition. • do sums. • do the addition. •
hand to. • write to.
eke out. • figure up. • fill a gap. • fill
in. • find the sum of. • foot up. • glue admit vb –AA.
on. • go on. • go onto say. • heap on. allow access. • allow entrance to. • al-
• hitch on. • hitch to. • hold water low entry. • allow in. • be given. • be
(infml). • increase the numbers. • lay reasonable. • break down and confess.
on. • let in. • load with. • lump to- • bring in. • bring to light. • call in. •
gether. • make complete. • make cater for. • come before. • come clean.
sense. • make your contribution. • • come out into the open. • come out of
mix in. • mix with. • paint over. • pile the closet. • cough up. • cover up. • fall
it on. • pile on. • pile up. • pin to. • in with. • fling wide the gates. • give a
place after. • place on. • put between. ticket to. • give access (to). • give ad-
• put in front. • put in. • put on. • mission to. • give admittance to. • give
read into. • ring true (infml). • run credence to. • give entrance to. • give
over. • saddle with. • say further. • refuge. • go along with. • go into de-
spell out (infml). • stand to reason tails. • grant a visa to. • grant asylum.
(infml). • state further. • stick on. • • let in. • let slip. • let your hair down.
stick to. • sum up. • tack on (infml). • level with. • make a clean breast of.
• tag on (infml). • take in. • take to • make known. • make no bones about.
yourself. • tell off. • throw in. • tot up • make way for. • not deny. • open the
(infml). • tuck in. • unite to. • write door. • open up. • own up. • pass in. •
further. • write in. • write into. • yoke permit entry. • plead guilty. • send in. •
to. show in. • spill the beans. • subscribe
to. • take in. • take on. • throw open.
address vb –A.
• usher in.
address yourself to. • aim at. • apply
yourself to. • attend to. • become in- adopt vb –AA.
volved in. • buckle down to. • concen- accede to. • adapt for use. • agree to. •
trate on. • deal with. • declaim to. • avail yourself of. • be a foster-parent to.
deliver a sermon to. • devote yourself • be adoptive parents to. • bring into
to. • direct your attention to. • drone the family. • bring up. • cast out. • con-
on to (infml). • embark on. • engage sent to. • decide on. • give sth the go
in. • focus on. • get cracking on. • get ahead. • give sth the green light. • give
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sth the thumbs up. • give your name to. vise aptly. • argue for. • be expedient. •
• make your heir. • make your own. • beg to advise. • call for. • campaign for.
pick out. • plump for. • put on the list. • clue in on. • clue up about. • en-
• rubber-stamp. • settle on. • sign lighten as to. • fill in on. • gen up on.
adoption papers for. • single out. • take • give advice to. • give counsel to. •
as your own child. • take as your own. give counsel. • give counseling. • give
• take care of. • take from an orphan- direction(s). • give guidance. • give
age. • take in. • take into your family. hints. • give information about. • give
• take on. • take over. • take to your- instruction. • give intelligence. • give
self. • take up. • vote for. notice. • give pointers. • give recom-
mendations. • give the facts. • give the
advance vb –A.
gen. • give the low-down. • give the
allow credit. • be expedient. • be in-
rundown. • give tips. • give notice. •
strumental. • be on foot. • be useful. •
keep posted. • keep up to date with. •
be visible. • become better. • break
keep up to speed with. • let know. •
through. • bring forward. • bring up. •
make a suggestion. • make familiar
come closer. • come forward. • come
with. • make known to. • make known.
on. • come to the front. • come up
• make recommendations. • offer coun-
with. • conquer territory. • continue
sel. • offer opinions. • offer suggestions.
ahead. • contribute to. • cough up. •
• point out. • press for. • push for. • put
dish out. • draw nearer. • draw nigh. •
forth. • put forward a notion. • put in
drive on. • eat up ground. • forge
the picture about. • put to. • put wise
ahead. • forge on. • fork out. • gain
about. • put your two cents worth in. •
ground. • get ahead. • get better. • get
report on. • seek to persuade. • send
on. • get somewhere. • give sb a loan.
word. • speak for. • straighten out. •
• go ahead. • go forth. • go forward. •
subscribe to. • think best. • throw out
go on. • go places. • go up. • hand
an idea. • throw sth into the melting-
over. • hike up (infml). • hold its
pot. • tip off. • update about. • venture
course. • jack up (infml). • keep going.
to say. • wise up.
• lend wings to. • look up. • make a
breakthrough. • make earlier. • make affect vb –AA.
headway. • make inroads. • make pay- act on/upon. • be a factor in. • be af-
ment. • make progress. • make strides. fected. • be important. • be of impor-
• make much of. • march on. • move tance to. • be of interest to. • be re-
ahead. • move along. • move closer. • lated. • bear upon. • bend to. • bowl
move forward. • move nearer. • move over (infml). • care for. • deal with. •
on. • move onward. • move up. • pay dress up. • exert influence on. • get to
beforehand. • pay in advance. • pay (infml). • give the appearance of. • go
out. • pay up. • press on. • provide through the motions. • have a liking for.
with. • push ahead. • push forward. • • have a taste for. • have an effect on.
push on. • put forward. • put in front. • have an impact on. • impact on. •
• put up. • scale up. • send ahead. • impinge upon. • knock back (infml). •
shell out. • speed on. • speed up. • knock for six (infml). • make a pretence
stand forward. • step forward. • step of. • make a show of. • make an impres-
up. • storm across. • stride forward. • sion on. • make like (infml). • make as
supply on credit. • take a step forward. if/though. • play a part. • play at. • put
• take its course. • tear ahead. on. • relate to. • shake up. • strike at.
• take hold of. • take on. • talk into. •
advise vb –A.
tug at the heartstrings. • turn the scale.
acquaint with. • advise against. • ad-
21 allow

• work on. gether. • give sth the nod. • give your


approval to. • go along with. • go to-
afford vb –A. gether. • go well with. • hammer out. •
allow yourself. • be able to meet the
have no problem with. • hit it off. •
expense of. • be able to pay. • be able
hold with. • make a deal. • make terms.
to. • be disposed to. • be financially
• match up. • reach an agreement. •
able. • be rich enough for. • be solvent.
reach an understanding. • reach terms
• bear the cost of. • bear the expense
on. • say yes to. • say yes. • see eye to
of. • bear the expense. • have enough
eye. • settle on. • shake hands. • side
(for). • have sufficient means for. •
with. • square with. • strike a bargain.
have the means (for). • have the
• subscribe to. • thrash out. • work out.
money for. • have the wherewithal for.
• keep the wolf from the door. • keep aim vb –A.
up with the Joneses. • keep your head address to. • aim at. • aim high. • aim
above water. • make available. • make well. • aspire to. • be after. • be of the
both ends meet. • meet charges. • same opinion. • design for. • destine for.
meet the expense of. • pay for. • pay • direct towards. • draw a bead on. •
out. • run to. • spare the money for. • endeavour to achieve. • fire at. • fix on.
spare the price of. • stretch to. • focus on. • get a bull’s-eye. • get on
(together). • get at. • have designs on.
age vb –A. • have in mind. • have in view. • have
advance in years. • be old. • be over
sb covered. • hit the mark. • hit the nail
the hill. • be ugly. • become mellow. •
on the head. • hold to a target. • intend
become obsolete. • come of age. • get
for. • keep sb covered. • level at. • line
on in years. • get on. • go downhill. •
up. • look through the gun sight. •
grow feeble. • grow old. • grow up. •
make it your aim. • market at. • mean
have your foot in the grave. • make
for. • orient towards. • pitch to/to-
mellow. • pass time. • show your age.
wards. • place right. • point at. • pull
• show your years. • turn gray. • turn
the trigger. • raise your sights. • see eye
white. • waste away. • wear out.
to eye. • seek to. • set your sights on. •
agree vb –AAA. set up. • shoot at. • strive for. • tailor
acquiesce in. • agree on. • agree to. • to. • take aim (at). • target at. • train
agree with. • approve of. • arrive at a your sights on. • try for. • turn sth on sb.
formula. • arrive at. • assent to. • be • wish for. • work towards. • zero in on.
acceptable to. • be agreeable to. • be
air vb –A.
as one man. • be compatible. • be con-
air out. • air-condition. • bring in ques-
gruous. • be consistent. • be conso-
tion. • change the air. • circulate air. •
nant. • be equivalent. • be good for. •
draw in air. • eject air. • expel air. •
be healthy for. • be in agreement. • be
expose to air. • give expression to. •
in favour of. • be in harmony. • be in
give vent to. • give voice to. • hang out.
sympathy. • be in tune. • be of one
• have your say. • keep in. • make
mind. • be of the same mind. • be of
known. • make public. • peg out. • put
the same opinion. • be parallel. • be
on the air. • put on the airwaves. • put
united. • be willing. • call it a go. •
out. • raise the subject. • send out. •
check out. • come around. • come to
spread (out). • subject to examination.
an agreement. • come to terms
• take the wraps off.
(about). • comply with. • concede to.
• consent to. • decide on. • fall in with. allow vb –AAA.
• fit in. • get along with. • get to- accede to. • acquiesce in. • admit of. •
amount 22

agree to. • approve of. • arrange for. • for. • come out with. • give notice of. •
assent to. • bargain for. • be favourable give out. • give the name of. • issue a
to. • be indulgent of. • be lenient. • be statement about. • make known. •
permissive. • be possible. • be reason- make public. • noise abroad. • put out.
able. • blink at. • cater for. • consent • set forth. • shout sth from the rooftops
to. • get ready for. • give a free hand. (infml). • usher in. • warn of.
• give an allowance for. • give at lower answer vb –AAA.
rates. • give authorization to. • give answer back. • answer for. • answer the
carte blanche. • give free rein to. • give purpose. • answer the question. • an-
leave (to). • give permission to. • give swer to. • argue with. • bandy words. •
sb leeway. • give sb line. • give sb per- be accountable (for). • be answerable.
mission to. • give sb rope. • give sb • be cheeky. • be enough. • be expedi-
your head. • give sb/sth the nod. • give ent. • be liable for. • be managed by. •
the go-ahead to (infml). • give the be respondent. • be responsible (for). •
green light to (infml). • give the OK to. be responsive. • be similar to. • be sub-
• give the reins to. • give the thumbs ordinate to. • be successful. • be super-
up to. • give your assent to. • give your vised by. • be useful. • butt in. • carry
blessing to. • give your consent to. • go on a conversation. • catch up on your
along with. • grant permission. • grant correspondence. • come back at. •
sb the right. • grin and bear it. • have come back to. • come back with. •
no objection. • hear of. • leave it open. come back. • conform to. • correlate to.
• leave the door open to. • let things • correspond to. • deal with your corre-
take their course. • make allowance. • spondence. • defend yourself against. •
make allowances for. • make conces- disagree with. • do the trick. • engage
sions for. • make plans for. • make pos- in conversation. • exchange words. •
sible. • make preparations for. • make field questions. • fill the bill. • fill in. •
provision for. • make way for. • not fill out. • fit the bill. • flash back. • fling
deny. • not stand in the way. • open the back. • get back to (infml). • get the
door to. • open the floodgates. • plan right answer. • give answer. • have the
for. • prepare for. • provide for. • put answer. • have the desired effect. •
no obstacles in the way of. • put up have the right of reply. • hurl back. •
with. • reckon with. • say the word. • join in a conversation. • make a rejoin-
set aside. • set off. • stand for. • take der. • make amends for. • make answer.
as proven. • take into account. • take • make reparation for. • make reply. •
into consideration. • take off. match up to. • measure up to. • pay for.
amount vb –A. • produce results. • provide the answer.
add up to. • advance to. • amount to. • put in a word. • react to. • reply by
• approximate to. • be equal to. • be return of post. • reply to an invitation.
equivalent to. • be evidence of. • be • reply to. • respond to. • return an
symptomatic of. • be tantamount to. • answer. • return for answer. • return the
boil down to. • come down to. • come compliment. • ring the bell. • say in
to. • correspond to. • develop into. • reply. • say in response. • serve your
grow into. • mature into. • point to. • turn. • shoot back. • show results. •
progress to. • prove to be. • run to. • solve the riddle. • speak in response. •
spell out. • tot up to. • turn out to be. strike back. • suffer for. • suit sb down
to the ground. • suit the requirements.
announce vb –AAA.
• take the blame for. • take the rap for
be an indication of. • blazon abroad. •
(infml). • talk back. • turn out well. •
blow wide open (infml). • come out
23 apply

vouch for. • work for. • work under. • in. • enter into the picture. • enter the
write back. picture. • exhibit the form of. • expose
itself. • fetch up (infml). • figure in. •
appeal vb –A.
get here/there. • given the impression
apply for a retrial. • apply for an ap-
(of being…). • go on sale. • have an air
peal. • apply to. • ask earnestly. • ask
of. • have the air of being. • have the
for. • ask urgently. • attract sb’s inter-
appearance of being. • have the look of.
est. • awaken a response. • be attrac-
• heave in sight. • look as though you
tive to. • be of interest to. • beg for. •
are…. • look forth. • look so. • look to
bring new evidence. • call on. • call
be. • loom up. • make an appearance.
upon. • catch your eye. • float sb’s
• manifest itself. • meet the eye. • obey
boat (infml). • make a plea. • make an
an order. • occur to. • peep out. • pitch
earnest request. • make an urgent re-
up (infml). • play a part. • poke up. •
quest. • petition for. • plead for. •
pop up. • present itself. • present the
plead with. • pluck at sb’s heartstrings.
appearance of. • present yourself. •
• pray to. • put in a plea for. • refer to.
present yourself. • put in an appear-
• request earnestly. • request urgently.
ance. • rear its head. • roll up. • roll in.
• shame into. • take sb’s fancy. • tickle
• see the light of day. • show its face. •
sb’s fancy. • whet sb’s appetite. • work
show itself. • show through. • show up.
on the feelings.
• show your face (infml). • show your
appear vb –AAA. face. • show your mug. • spring up. •
answer a summons. • appear on tele- stand before. • stand out. • star in. •
vision. • appear on the horizon. • as- strike sb as. • strike sb as. • submit
sume the guise of. • be disclosed. • be yourself. • take part. • take shape. •
in attendance. • be in sight. • be miss- take the part of. • take the role of. •
ing. • be on exhibition. • be on show. take the shape of. • turn up at. • turn
• be on stage. • be placed before the up. • wear the look of.
public. • be plain. • be present (at). •
apply vb –AA.
be produced. • be published. • be re-
apply yourself. • ask for. • be applicable
alized. • be revealed. • be seen. • be
to. • be apposite. • be appropriate. • be
showing. • be there. • be visible. • be
apt. • be attentive. • be concerned with.
within view. • bear yourself. • become
• be diligent. • be fitting. • be germane.
apparent. • become available. • be-
• be in relationship. • be industrious. •
come evident. • become plain. • be-
be pertinent. • be relevant. • be signifi-
come visible. • betray itself. • blow in.
cant. • be suitable to. • bear on. • bear
• blow up. • bob up. • break cover. •
upon. • bid for. • bring into effect/play.
break through. • burst forth. • carry
• bring to bear upon. • bring to bear. •
yourself. • catch the eye. • check in. •
carry out. • come into play. • commit
come across as being. • come before
yourself. • cover with. • deal with. •
the public. • come forth. • come for-
dedicate yourself. • devote yourself. •
ward. • come into being. • come into
enquire after. • fill out. • fit the case. •
existence. • come into public notice. •
have a bearing on. • have reference to.
come into sight. • come into view. •
• have relevance to. • have some con-
come off. • come on the market. •
nection with. • have to do with. • hold
come on. • come onto the horizon. •
good. • hold true. • lay on. • make a bid
come out. • come to light. • come
for. • make an application. • make an
upon the stage. • come along. • crop
effort. • make an entreaty. • massage in.
out. • crop up. • cut a figure. • dis-
• offer yourself. • pay attention. • place
cover itself. • display yourself. • drop
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on. • put in an application. • put in. • nearer. • go towards. • gravitate to-


put into practice. • put on. • put to use. wards. • grow short. • head into. • hit
• put your shoulder to the wheel. • town. • hold out your hand. • hug the
relate to. • resort to. • rub in. • spread coast. • hug the shore. • initiate a dis-
on. • touch on. • try for. • try to obtain. cussion with. • launch into. • lean to-
• try out for. • work hard. • work in. wards. • loom (up). • make a landfall.
• make a proposal to. • make a start on.
appoint vb –A.
• make advances to. • make conversa-
co-opt. • decide on. • give employ-
tion with. • make overtures to. • make
ment. • install as. • signify your will
passes. • make the land. • make to-
and pleasure. • vote in.
wards. • make up to. • move near/
approach vb –AA. nearer. • move towards. • narrow the
address yourself to. • advance on/ gap. • need no invitation. • not wait to
upon. • advance towards. • appeal to. be asked. • proceed towards. • push
• apply to. • approach a problem. • forward. • roll up to. • run down. • run
approach with. • approximate to. • sb close. • run up to. • set about. • set
arrive at. • attack a problem. • be in. • set towards. • sidle up to. • sight
around the corner. • be close to. • be land. • sit on sb’s tail. • slip by. •
comparable to. • be drawn. • be forth- snuggle up to. • sound out. • speak to.
coming. • be imminent. • be in motion. • stare sb in the face. • step up to. •
• be in sight of. • be near. • be not a stretch out. • take aside. • take on a
million miles away from. • be related. pilot. • talk to (in private). • tread on
• be similar to. • be to come. • be vis- sb’s heels. • turn away. • verge on. •
ible. • be within shouting distance of. verge upon. • walk towards. • walk up
• bear down on. • begin work on. • to.
border on. • break the ice. • breathe
approve vb –AA.
down sb’s neck. • bring near. • broach
accede to. • acquiesce in. • act as ref-
the matter to. • catch up on. • catch up
eree for. • agree to. • agree with. • as-
to. • catch up with. • catch up. • cen-
sent to. • be in favour of. • be pleased
ter on. • close in on. • close in. • come
with. • be unable to fault. • come
close/closer. • come forward. • come
around. • concur in. • consent to. •
in. • come into sight. • come into view.
count it to your credit. • express your
• come near/close to. • come near/
approval of. • find good. • give credit
nearer. • come on. • come to close
where credit is due. • give credit. • give
quarters. • come towards. • come up
full credit. • give full marks. • give
to. • come within range. • compare
marks for. • give points for. • give sb a
with. • converge on. • creep up on. •
reference. • give sb a testimonial. • give
creep up. • deal with. • direct yourself
the go-ahead to (infml). • give the
to. • draw close/closer. • draw near. •
green light to (infml). • give the nod
drift towards. • drive bumper to
(infml). • give the OK to (infml). • give
bumper. • drive up. • ease up to. •
the thumbs up to (infml). • give the
edge near/nearer. • edge up to. • em-
word to buy (infml). • give the/your
bark on. • engage in conversation. •
seal of approval (to). • give the/your
feel the attraction of. • focus on. • fol-
stamp of approval (to). • give your ap-
low hard. • gain on/upon. • get close.
proval. • give your assent. • give your
• get cracking on. • get down to. • get
blessing (to). • give your leave. • give
hold of. • get near. • get on for. • get
your permission. • go along with. • go
to grips with. • get warm. • get to. • go
for. • hand it to. • have a good opinion
about. • go close/closer. • go near/
25 arrange

of. • have no fault to find. • have noth- • split hairs. • start an argument. •
ing but praise for. • hold in regard/es- state your case. • stick to your guns. •
teem. • hold with. • like well. • look stick to your point. • subject to exami-
on with favour. • make allowances for. nation. • take a point. • take up a point
• make law. • make valid. • nod your with. • take up the case. • talk about. •
approval. • pronounce good. • pro- talk round. • try conclusions with. •
nounce legal. • put in a good word for. weigh the pros and cons. • wind up a
• put on the list. • regard highly. • rub- meeting. • work an argument to death.
ber-stamp. • say the word (infml). • arise vb –A.
say yes to. • see nothing wrong with. • be brought about by. • be caused by. •
see the good in sb. • see the good be produced by. • be visible. • become
points. • see to be good. • set store by. apparent. • become erect. • break out.
• sound pleased. • speak up for. • • come about. • come into being/exist-
stand up for. • subscribe to. • take ence. • come to light. • come to pass. •
kindly to. • take your hat off to. • think come up. • crop up. • enter into the
desirable. • think good. • think highly picture. • get out of a chair. • get out of
of. • think no worse of. • think perfect. bed. • get to your feet. • get to your
• think the best. • think the better of. feet. • get up. • go up. • hit the deck.
• think well of. • jump up. • leap up. • lift yourself. •
argue vb –AA. make an appearance. • pop up. • roll
answer back. • argue for. • argue the out. • set in. • spring up. • stand up. •
case. • argue the point. • argue your start up. • straighten up. • turn out. •
case. • argy-bargy (infml). • bandy ar- turn up. • wait on. • wake up.
guments. • bandy words. • be at each arm vb –A.
other’s throats. • be at odds. • be at deck out. • equip with arms. • fit out.
sixes and sevens. • be fastidious. • be • fit up. • furnish weapons. • gird your
irresolute. • bring in question. • bring loins. • gird your loins. • give firearms.
up. • call evidence. • chop logic. • con- • go to war. • issue weapons. • issue
tend for. • cross swords. • cut and with. • kit out. • make ready. • prepare
thrust. • discourse upon. • dispute for combat. • provide with arms. • pro-
with. • exchange opinions. • fall out vide with teeth. • put on a war footing.
(infml). • fight like cat and dog. • give • put teeth into. • rig out. • supply with
reasons for. • go at it hammer and instruments of warfare.
tongs. • have a confrontation. • have a
row. • have an argument. • have an arrange vb –A.
exchange of views. • have the last agree on. • arrange for. • arrange in
word. • have words. • hold a sympo- parts. • assign a place. • be careful. •
sium. • hold an argument. • indulge in bring back to order. • bring together. •
argument. • join issue. • lock horns. • bring up to scratch. • come to an agree-
make a case for. • make a plea of. • ment. • come to terms about. • com-
make your pretext. • make your sub- pose music. • dole out. • fix up (infml).
mission. • mince matters. • move a • form up. • get ready. • get up. • keep
motion. • open a discussion/debate. • tidy. • knock into shape. • lay out. • line
overwhelm with argument. • point to. up. • make arrangements (for). • make
• prevail upon. • prove your case. • better. • make certain. • make changes.
pull to pieces. • put a case. • put up an • make plans for. • make preparations
argument. • put your case. • reason for. • make preparations. • make ready.
with. • refuse to budge. • speak up for. • make shipshape. • parcel out. • pen-
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cil in. • place in order. • prepare for. • come into being. • come on the scene.
provide against. • provide for. • put in • come to fruition. • come to hand. •
order. • put in working order. • put come to its end. • come to pass. • come
into shape. • put out. • put to music. to rest. • come to. • come up. • come
• put your house in order. • reduce to within range. • crack it. • crop up. •
order. • set in order. • set out. • set the cross over. • cut it. • do all right for
stage. • set to music. • set up. • settle yourself. • do well. • draw up. • drop
on. • spread out. • straighten out. • anchor. • drop in. • end up at. • fetch
straighten up. • supply the counter- up at. • find a place in the sun. • finish
point. • thread together. • tidy up. • the race. • get ahead. • get around. •
tune up. • wind up. • write music. get as far as. • get back. • get here/
there. • get home. • get in. • get on. •
arrest vb –A.
get somewhere (infml). • get there. •
act as a brake. • bring to a standstill. •
get to. • go across. • go far. • go to. •
catch hold of. • cause a sensation. •
grow famous. • hammer out. • hit
cause feeling. • clap in jail. • feel sb’s
town. • land up at. • look for a wel-
collar. • haul in. • hold back. • hold
come. • make a crossing. • make a land-
up. • interfere with. • lay by the heels.
fall. • make a name for yourself. • make
• lay hold of. • lay your hands on. •
an appearance. • make an entrance. •
lead captive. • make a prisoner. • make
make good. • make it (infml). • make it
an arrest. • nip in the bud. • pick up
there. • make it to. • make land. •
(infml). • place under arrest. • pull in.
make your mark (infml). • make port. •
• put a brake on. • put a drag on. • put
make shore. • make the grade (infml).
clamps on. • put in jail. • put the hand-
• make your mark. • make good. • pop
cuffs on. • put under arrest. • rein in.
in. • pop up. • present itself. • present
• run in (infml). • seize by legal war-
yourself. • present yourself. • pull in. •
rant. • slow down. • snap the bracelets
pull up. • put in an appearance. • put
on. • take by authority. • take charge
in. • put together. • reach home. •
of. • take hold of. • take hostage. •
reach the other side. • reach the top. •
take in. • take into custody. • take into
reach your destination. • reach your
protective custody. • take prisoner. •
destination. • reach your goal. • repair
throw in jail.
to. • resort to. • return home. • rise in
arrive vb –AA. the world. • roll in. • roll up. • set foot
achieve recognition. • achieve success. on. • settle on. • show up. • show your
• achieve your aim. • achieve your face (infml). • sign in. • spring up. •
goal. • announce yourself. • appear on stand at the door. • start up. • step in.
the scene. • arrive at the top. • arrive • stop at. • stop off. • stop over. • take
at. • attain your end. • be a success. • place. • thrash out. • time your arrival.
be along. • be born. • be brought. • be • touch the goal. • turn up. • win to. •
delivered. • be developed. • be early. • wind up at (infml). • work out. • work
be on the doorstep. • be present. • be your way up.
successful. • be victorious. • be visible.
• become famous. • blow in (infml). •
ask vb –AAA.
appeal to. • apply for. • apply to. • beg
bob up. • break through. • break your
leave. • call for. • call on. • call upon.
journey. • breast the tape. • breeze in.
• cross-examine. • cross-question. •
• bring home the bacon. • burst in. •
draw out. • enquire of. • file for. •
carry through. • cast anchor. • check
frame a question. • get the answer to. •
in. • clock in. • come about. • come
give the third degree to (infml). • have
along. • come home. • come in. •
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sb over/round. • hope for. • institute with. • hook up with. • join a party. •


an inquiry. • make a request. • make join forces. • join together. • join up. •
application. • make inquiry. • plead join with. • keep company (with). •
with. • pose a question. • pry into. • keep in with. • knock about/around
put a question to. • put forward. • put (infml). • lump together. • make a
in for. • put the bee on. • put the bite crowd. • mention in the same breath as.
on. • put the screws on. • raise a ques- • mess around with. • mingle with. •
tion. • request the pleasure of sb’s com- mix with. • pal around (with). • pal up
pany. • require an answer. • seek an (infml). • roll up. • rub elbows. • rub
answer. • sound out. • turn the heat shoulders. • run around (infml). • run
on. • want to know. • worm out of. around with. • set side by side with. •
socialize with. • swell the ranks. • take
assist vb –A.
up with. • team up. • think of in con-
back up. • bail sb out. • bail out. • be
nection with. • think of together. • work
a factor in. • be a tower of strength to.
with.
• be of service to. • be of use to. • be
the assistant to. • be the subordinate assume vb –AA.
to. • clear a path for. • collaborate arrogate to yourself. • be given to un-
with. • come to heel. • come to sb’s derstand. • be inclined to think. • be
rescue. • contribute to. • cooperate insolent. • be of the opinion. • be out-
with. • dance attendance on. • do for. of-line. • come to have. • come to the
• do sb a favour. • do sb a good turn. conclusion. • consider as true. • count
• do sb a service. • get sb out of a tight upon. • deal with. • draw the inference.
spot (infml). • get stuck in with • embark on. • enter upon. • flatter
(infml). • give a boost to. • give assis- yourself. • get fresh. • get into. • get
tance to. • give sb a leg up (infml). • go the idea. • get to grips with. • go
far. • help along. • help out. • hike up through the motions. • have an idea
(infml). • jack up (infml). • lend a that. • have faith. • help yourself to. •
(helping) hand. • make easier. • muck hold the opinion. • huddle into. • lay
in with. • oil the wheels of. • open the claim to. • lay down. • look for. • make
door for. • pitch in with. • play a part. a show of. • make bold to. • make free
• rally round. • save sb’s bacon (infml). with. • not know your place. • play a
• save sb’s skin (infml). • smooth the part. • play-act. • pretend to. • put on.
way for. • wait on. • work with. • put two and two together. • read the
future. • see ahead. • set about. • slip
associate vb –A.
into. • slip on. • suppose as fact. • take
band together. • be friendly with. • be
as read. • take away. • take for granted.
in league. • be intimate with. • be thick
• take it as given. • take it. • take on
with (infml). • break off relations with.
yourself. • take on/up. • take over. •
• chum around (infml). • club to-
take possession of. • take responsibility
gether. • come together. • draw a par-
for. • take the liberty. • take upon your-
allel with. • flock together. • form an
self. • take without proof. • think likely.
alliance. • fraternize with. • gang up
• treat as conceded. • try on. • turn
with. • gather round. • get along with.
your hand to.
• get together. • go around. • hang
about (infml). • hang around with. • attack vb –AAA.
hang around/round (infml). • hang out address yourself. • advance on. • apply
(infml). • hang out with. • have deal- yourself to. • assume the offensive. •
ings. • have relations with. • hobnob attack tooth and nail. • attempt vio-
lence to. • attend to. • bawl out (infml).
attempt 28

• be spoiling for a fight. • be vigorous. • pitch into. • plunge into. • pounce


• bear down on. • beat the living day- on. • pounce upon. • pull apart
lights out of. • beat up on (infml). • (infml). • put down. • rap over the
beat up. • begin an assault. • begin knuckles (infml). • ream out (infml). •
hostilities against. • begin hostilities. • remonstrate with. • rough up. • round
bite sb’s head off. • break out. • break on. • run at. • sail into. • sally forth. •
through. • bring to bay. • buckle down see to. • set about. • set on. • set to
(to). • burst in. • burst upon. • cause work (on). • set upon. • shoot at. •
doubt. • chew out (infml). • close with. show fight. • slag off (infml). • snap
• come at. • come to grips with. • con- sb’s head off. • snipe at. • spring on. •
centrate on. • cut up (infml). • deal start a fight. • start in on. • strike (at).
with. • declare war. • dig in. • direct • strike the first blow. • swoop down
your attention to. • dive into. • do on. • take by storm. • take by surprise.
over. • draw blood. • draw the sword. • take hold of. • take offensive action.
• dress down (infml). • duff sb up • take on. • take the initiative. • take
(infml). • embark on. • enter the lists. to pieces (infml). • take to task. • take
• fall back. • fall on. • fall upon. • fan up arms against. • take up the cudgels.
out. • fight back. • find fault with. • • take up. • tear a strip off sb (infml).
fire at. • fire on. • fire the first shot. • • tear into. • tear sb off a strip (infml).
fly at. • focus on. • fulminate against. • throw the book at. • throw yourself
• gang up on. • get cracking on on/upon. • tie into. • tilt against. • tilt
(infml). • get started on. • get stuck at. • trespass against. • turn on. •
into (infml). • get to work on. • get wade into. • wage war. • work over.
weaving on (infml). • give sb a bad
attempt vb –AAA.
press. • give sb a bollocking (infml). •
aim at. • angle for. • apply yourself. •
give sb a roasting (infml). • give sb a
attempt too much. • be active. • be
rocket (infml). • give sb a rollicking
ambitious. • be resolute. • be tentative.
(infml). • give sb hell (infml). • go for
• be willing. • bear down on/upon. •
the jugular. • go for. • go over the top.
bend over backwards (infml). • bid for.
• go over to the attack. • go over to the
• bite off more than you can chew. •
offensive. • go to war. • go to work on.
break your neck (infml). • bust a gut
• grapple with. • haul over the coals.
(infml). • chance your arm. • come to
• have a crack at (infml). • have a go
grips with. • die in the attempt. • dip
(at) (infml). • have a shot at (infml). •
in a toe. • do all you can. • do sth
have a stab at (infml). • have an effect
about. • do your best. • do your
on. • have at. • knock about/around. •
damnedest. • do your utmost. • em-
knock down. • knock unconscious. •
bark on. • exert yourself. • fish for. •
lace into. • lash out at. • launch an at-
fly a kite. • get down to. • give a trial
tack. • launch an offensive. • launch
to. • give it a try. • give it a whirl
out at. • lay aboard. • lay into (infml).
(infml). • give it your best shot (infml).
• lay siege to. • lay waste. • let fly at.
• give your all. • go all out. • have a
• let sb have it (infml). • lift a hand
crack at (infml). • have a go/shot at. •
against. • light into. • lower the boom
have a stab at. • jump through hoops
on. • make a dead set at. • make a
(infml). • keep on trying. • knock your-
push. • make a sortie. • make havoc. •
self out (infml). • make a bid. • make
make inroads on. • march against. •
a go of. • make an attempt. • make an
mount an offensive. • move in. • mush-
effort. • make every effort. • make it
room out. • open fire on. • open up on.
your aim. • make shift to. • make the
29 avoid

effort. • make trial of. • move heaven originate in. • pay a visit to. • pay at-
and earth (infml). • not just stand tention. • pay heed. • pop up at
there. • pull hard. • pull out all the (infml). • present yourself at. • put in
stops (infml). • push hard. • put a toe an appearance (at). • receive instruc-
in the water. • put out a feeler. • put tion. • result from. • see to. • show up
your best foot forward. • redouble your (at) (infml). • show your face at
efforts. • renew your efforts. • seek to. (infml). • show yourself. • sit in on. •
• set out. • spare no effort. • take a sort out. • stem from. • take care of. •
chance. • take it on yourself. • take it take charge of. • take courses. • take in
upon yourself. • take on. • take the bit (infml). • take in hand. • take into con-
between your teeth. • take the bull by sideration. • take note of. • take part
the horns. • take on. • tempt fate. • in. • take responsibility for. • take to
tempt providence. • try and try again. heart. • take up. • take out. • tune into
• try for. • try hard. • try out. • try (infml). • turn up (at). • undergo
your hand at. • try your luck. • venture schooling. • wait on.
on. • wade in. • work at.
attract vb –AA.
attend vb –AA. appeal to. • bring out. • bring together.
administer to. • appear at. • apply • catch your eye. • cause desire. • drag
yourself to. • arise from. • assist at. • towards. • draw out. • draw towards.
attend school. • attend to. • be a con- • drum up. • excite love. • exercise a
sequence of. • be a guest. • be a mem- pull. • float’s sb’s boat (infml). • lead
ber. • be a result of. • be accompanied on. • light sb’s fire (infml). • make sb’s
by. • be all ears for (infml). • be asso- mouth water (infml). • offer pleasure.
ciated with. • be at. • be attentive. • be • pique your interest. • pluck at your
brought about by. • be connected with. heartstrings. • pull towards. • strike
• be educated. • be heedful of. • be your fancy. • take your fancy. • tickle
here. • be linked with. • be missing. • sb’s fancy (infml). • tug towards. • turn
be present (at). • be produced by. • be on (infml). • turn sb on. • win over.
servile. • be there (at). • bear in mind.
average vb –A.
• care for. • check out (infml). • coex-
arrive at an average. • average out. •
ist with. • come to heel. • come along.
balance out to. • be a middle-sized
• concentrate on. • co-occur with. •
thing. • be a run-of-the-mill person/
cope with. • dance attendance on. •
thing. • be on average. • compute an
deal with. • devote yourself to. • fetch
average. • do on average. • establish a
and carry for. • follow on from. • fol-
mean. • even out to. • ignore distinc-
low upon. • follow with the eyes. • get
tions. • make on average. • not dis-
a load of (infml). • get to work on. •
criminate. • pair off. • reduce to a
give attention. • give ear. • give
mean. • remove all distinctions. •
thought to. • give your attention to. •
smooth out. • split the difference. •
go hand in hand with. • go to school.
strike a balance. • take an average. •
• go to. • go with. • grace the occa-
take the mean.
sion. • hang out at (infml). • honour
with your presence. • keep an eye on. avoid vb –AA.
• lend an ear. • look after. • make an absent yourself. • abstain from. • avert
appearance (at). • make arrangements the eyes. • avoid the issue. • back
for. • make overtures. • minister to. • away. • back out. • balk at. • be absent.
not absent yourself. • occupy yourself • be cautious. • be cowardly. • be coy.
with. • occur with. • originate from. • • be distant. • be equivocal. • be inac-
award 30

tive. • be irresolute. • be modest. • be soil your fingers. • not touch with a


nervous. • be obstructive. • be ostrich- bargepole. • not touch. • not try. • not
like. • be safe. • be stealthy. • be un- use. • pass over. • pass the buck. • pass
sociable. • be unwilling. • beat about up. • play hide-and-seek. • play no part
the bush. • body-swerve. • bring to in. • play truant/hooky. • pull your
rest. • bunk off. • bury your head in the punches. • put off. • recoil from. • re-
sand. • chicken out. • cloister yourself. frain from. • refuse to answer. • refuse
• cold-shoulder. • cop out of (infml). • to associate with. • refuse to meet. •
cop out. • creep into your shell. • deny refuse to mix with. • remain private. •
yourself. • desist from. • do without. • run away from. • shake off. • shrink
dodge the column. • draw a red her- away. • shrink from. • shut yourself up.
ring. • draw back. • duck (out of) • shy at. • shy from. • sit on the fence.
(infml). • duck the issue. • duck-shove • skirt around. • skirt round. • slip
(infml). • edge away. • edge off. • es- through the net. • soften the blow. •
cape from. • fail in duty. • fend off. • stand aloof. • stand apart. • stand clear
fight off. • fight shy of. • flee from. • of. • start aside. • start back. • stave off.
forbear from. • fudge the issue. • get • stay away (from). • stay back. • stay
out of (infml). • get out of the way in your shell. • stay off. • stay out of. •
(of). • get round. • give a miss. • give steer clear of. • take evasive action. •
a wide berth (to). • give sb the go-by. take French leave. • throw dust in your
• give sb the slip. • give sth a miss. • eyes. • throw sb off the scent. • treat as
give the go-by. • go off. • hang back. • a leper. • treat as an outsider. • turn a
have no hand in. • have no time for. • blind eye. • turn aside. • turn away
have nothing to do with. • hide from. from. • turn back. • turn from. • turn
• hold aloof. • hold at bay. • hold back your back on. • ward off. • wash your
from. • hold back. • hold off. • hold hands of. • wriggle out of.
yourself aloof from. • jib at. • jump award vb –AA.
back. • keep a respectful distance. • bestow on. • confer on. • decorate with.
keep a safe distance. • keep aloof from. • endow with. • furnish with. • gift
• keep aloof. • keep at a respectful dis- with. • give a prize. • give away. • hand
tance. • keep at arm’s length. • keep at out. • offer a reward. • present to.
bay. • keep away from. • keep away. •
keep clear (of). • keep in the back- ...
ground. • keep off. • keep out of the
way. • keep well out of. • keep your
distance from. • keep your distance. •
keep your hands clean. • keep yourself
aloof. • keep from. • lay off. • lead sb
a dance. • let alone. • let sleeping dogs
lie. • let well alone. • let well enough
alone. • lie down on the job. • look
askance. • look the other way. • main-
tain your privacy. • make excuses. •
make unwelcome. • make way for. •
not act. • not attempt. • not face. • not
give a straight answer. • not go near. •
not mix. • not observe. • not push
yourself forward. • not show up. • not
31 battle

B • force out. • get rid of. • give sb the


boot (infml). • impose a ban. • keep at
a distance. • kick out (infml). • lay an
embargo. • make illegal. • make unwel-
back vb –AAA. come. • not allow. • place an embargo
act as guarantor of. • ally yourself with. on. • prohibit from entering. • push out.
• approve of. • attest to. • back away. • put a stop to. • put an end to. • raise
• back down. • back off. • back out. • a hue and cry. • thrust out. • turf out.
back-pedal. • back up (infml). • be a • turn out.
patron of. • be on the side of. • bet on.
• chicken out of (infml). • climb down. bank vb –A.
• concede defeat. • drive backward. • bank on/upon. • be a customer of. • be
fall back. • foot the bill for (infml). • at an angle. • believe in. • build up. •
gamble on. • get cold feet. • give in. • count on. • deal with. • depend on. •
give your blessing to. • go back on. • deposit your money with. • do business
go back. • go backwards. • go in for. • with. • have an account at. • have con-
lend your name to. • move back. • fidence in. • heap up. • hold money in
move backwards. • pick up the tab for trust. • invest with. • keep in reserve. •
(infml). • place a bet on. • put up the lay by. • lean on. • lean over. • lend
money for. • retrace your steps. • re- money. • make a heap of. • make a pile
treat from. • side with. • smile on. • of. • make a stack of. • pay in. • pile up.
stake money on. • stand behind. • • pin your hopes on. • place confidence
stand by. • stand up for. • subscribe to. in. • put aside. • put at an angle. • put
• take up the cudgels for. • throw your by for a rainy day. • put by. • put in the
weight behind (infml). • turn tail. • bank. • put together. • rely on. • salt
vote for. • vouch for. • withdraw from. away (infml). • save up. • set aside. •
squirrel away. • stack up. • stash away
balance vb –A. (infml).
account (for). • approve of. • balance
out. • be compatible. • be congruous. bar vb –A.
• be consistent. • be consonant. • be block off. • block up. • brick up. • draw
equal. • be halfway. • be in agreement. the line. • erect a barrier. • freeze out.
• be in between. • be in harmony. • be • interfere with. • keep at a distance. •
in tune. • be irresolute. • be level/par- keep out. • lock (out). • lock in. • make
allel. • cancel out. • compensate for. • illegal. • not allow. • place an embargo
counter balance. • counter-act. • even on. • put a price on your head. • raise
out/up. • hold the road. • hold the the drawbridge. • shut off. • shut out.
scales. • keep accounts. • keep steady. • shut the door on. • warn off.
• level off. • make equal. • make level. base vb –A.
• make steady. • make up for. • make be based on. • be the infrastructure. •
up. • match up. • occupy the centre. • can be traced back to. • derive from. •
pair off. • place in equilibrium. • retain emanate from. • give foundation. •
equilibrium. • set off. • strike a bal- have its origin in. • issue from. • origi-
ance. • take a trial balance. • take nate in. • spring from. • stem from. •
stock. • turn over. • weigh the pros and use as a basis.
cons. • weigh the same. • weigh up.
battle vb –A.
ban vb –A. contend with. • lock horns. • put up a
boot out (infml). • declare taboo. • fight against. • stand up to.
draw the line. • drive out. • drum out.
be 32

be vb –AAA. up. • break against. • bring to bay. •


add up to. • amount to. • be alive. • be bring to their knees. • dash against. •
around. • be at hand. • be available. • do over (infml). • duff up (infml). • fill
be before. • be equal to. • be equiva- in (infml). • get the better of. • give a
lent to. • be extant. • be found. • be drubbing. • give a thumping. • give a
here. • be identical. • be installed. • be workout. • give it to. • give sb a good
intrinsic. • be just so. • be located. • be hiding. • give sb a hiding. • go one bet-
met with. • be near. • be nearby. • be ter than. • go over the ground. • go pit-
now. • be placed. • be positioned. • be a-pat. • improve on. • knock about
present. • be priced at. • be set. • be (infml). • knock around. • knock into
situated. • be so and not otherwise. • the middle of next week. • knock spots
be the case. • be there. • be true. • be off (infml). • knock the daylights out of.
valued at. • be viable. • come about. • • knock the hell out of. • knock the
come to pass. • come to. • consist in. stuffing out of. • knock the tar out of. •
• consist of. • crop up. • draw breath. knock your block off. • lay into (infml).
• exist in space. • go for (infml). • go • lay on blows. • lay on. • leave behind.
on. • go to. • hang on. • have exist- • lick the pants off of. • make mince-
ence. • have life/being. • have place. • meat of (infml). • make music on. •
have your being. • hold good. • hold mop the floor/earth (with). • move
on. • occupy a position. • reside in. • against. • move up and down. • nose
run to. • sell for. • set you back (infml). out. • perform on. • pip at the post. •
• stand as. • stand for. • take part. • play music. • pound to a jelly. • press
take place. • tot up to. down. • put in the shade (infml). • rain
blows on. • roll in the dust. • rough up
bear vb –AA. (infml). • run rings around (infml). •
approve of. • be brought to bed of. • be
start game. • start up. • sweep up. • tan
delivered of. • be doing with. • be
your hide. • trample underfoot. •
marked with. • be patient with. • bol-
trample upon. • walk up and down. •
ster up. • bring to bear (on/upon). •
wear down. • win against. • wipe the
bring forth. • bring in. • brood over. •
floor with. • work over (infml).
carry on. • cling to. • cope with. • give
birth to. • give credence to. • give become vb –AAA.
forth. • go on the Stock Exchange. • go alter into. • alter to. • amount to. • as-
through. • go on. • grin and bear. • sume the form of. • assume the shape
have an effect (on). • hold (on to). • of. • augment the attraction of. • be
hold up. • keep up. • make allowances appointed as. • be appropriate. • be
for. • make known. • make public. • assigned as. • be born. • be consistent
pass on. • prop up. • put up with with. • be converted into. • be con-
(infml). • set forth. • shore up. • show verted to. • be due. • be elected as. • be
forbearance towards. • stand up to. • fitting (to). • be made. • be nominated.
submit to. • take on. • take in good • be reduced to. • be reformed to. • be
part. • take over. remodelled. • be suitable to. • be the
fate of. • be the lot of. • be transfigured.
beat vb –AAA. • be transformed into. • be translated
be agitated. • be better than. • be pe-
into. • be transmuted. • be turned to. •
riodic. • be superior. • beat all comers.
belong to. • change into. • come into
• beat black and blue. • beat hollow. •
existence. • come to be. • detract from.
beat the drum. • beat the living day-
• develop into. • do sth for. • emerge
lights out of. • beat the tar out of. •
as. • eventually be. • evolve into. • first
beat to a jelly. • beat to a paste. • beat
see the light of day. • get to be. • go
33 believe

well with. • go well. • go with. • grow start. • make a start. • make an appear-
into. • happen to. • harmonize with. • ance. • make your debut. • open fire. •
incline to. • increasingly grow. • look open the door to. • open up. • plunge
good on. • look right on. • make hand- into. • proceed from. • proceed to. •
some. • mature into. • melt into. • put your best foot forward. • put your
metamorphose into. • pass into. • hand to the plough. • put your shoulder
progress towards being. • put in the to the wheel. • raise its head. • result
best light. • resolve into. • reveal the from. • roll up your sleeves. • run in. •
charm of. • ripen into. • set off. • shift scratch the surface. • see the light of
towards. • show to advantage. • show day. • set about. • set going. • set in
you off. • spring up. • stack up. • take motion. • set in. • set on foot. • set out.
flesh. • take form. • take shape. • • set to work. • set up. • set your hand
transform into. • turn into. • turn out to the plough. • set your shoulder to the
to be. • turn out. wheel. • shuffle the cards. • spark off.
• spit on your palms. • spring from. •
begin vb –AAA.
spring up. • start afresh. • start again.
act on. • address yourself to. • be born.
• start from scratch. • start in. • start
• be in on the ground floor. • be off. •
off. • start on. • start out. • start the
be restored. • become apparent. • be-
ball rolling (infml). • start up. • start
gin again. • begin at the beginning. •
work. • stem from. • strike out. • strike
begin now! • break ground. • break
up. • take off. • take the lead. • take the
out. • break the ice. • bring about. •
plunge (infml). • take up. • take your
bring in. • bring on. • bring to pass. •
birth. • take your coat off. • take your
buckle to. • bully off. • burst forth. •
rise. • tee off. • throw the first stone. •
clock in. • come before. • come forth.
touch a match to. • touch off. • trigger
• come from. • come into being. •
off. • turn the clock back. • turn your
come into existence. • come into the
hand to. • wade into.
world. • come out. • come to birth. •
come on. • crop up. • derive from. • believe vb –A.
dig in. • dive in. • embark on/upon. • accept as true. • attach some weight to.
enter on/upon. • fall to. • fire away • bank on. • be a believer. • be assured.
(infml). • first see the light. • get • be certain of. • be certain. • be clear
ahead with. • get cracking (on). • get in your mind. • be confident. • be con-
down to it. • get down to. • get going verted. • be convinced by. • be con-
(on). • get moving. • get off the vinced of the existence of. • be con-
ground. • get on the ball. • get on your vinced of. • be credulous. • be easy in
way. • get the ball rolling. • get the your mind about. • be given to under-
show on the road (infml). • get to it stand. • be hung up on. • be informed.
(infml). • get to. • get under way. • get • be obsessed with. • be of the opinion
weaving. • get your feet wet. • get (that…). • be orthodox. • be persuaded
your head down. • give birth to. • go by. • be persuaded of the existence of. •
about. • go ahead. • go back to square be pious. • be positive. • be secure in
one. • go back to the beginning. • go the belief. • be sold on. • be sure of the
into. • go to it. • grow out of. • have existence of. • be told. • believe every
origin. • issue forth. • jump off. • kick word. • believe for certain. • believe
off (infml). • launch into. • lay the implicitly. • believe in. • believe reli-
foundation for. • lead off. • lead out. • giously. • buy it. • calculate on. • cast
lead the way. • lead up to. • limber up. doubt away. • cherish a belief. • cherish
• make a beginning. • make a fresh an idea. • come to believe. • come to
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the conclusion that. • consider honest. • be related to. • be relevant to. • be


• consider true. • consider truthful. • situated. • be suited to. • be the prop-
convince yourself. • count on. • dare erty of. • be under the ownership of. •
say. • depend on. • doubt not. • enter- be vested in. • bear upon. • belong to.
tain a belief. • fall for (infml). • feel • correlate with. • feel at home. • fit in.
confident. • feel sure. • firmly believe. • go together. • go with. • have (its)
• flatter yourself. • follow implicitly. • place. • have a place/home. • have a
give credence to. • give credit to. • rightful place. • have applicability to. •
give faith to. • give sb credit for. • go have respect to. • have to do with. •
for (infml). • have a feeling. • have an linked with. • merge with. • normally
idea that. • have confidence in. • have exist. • not fit in. • owe allegiance to. •
faith (in). • have no doubts. • hold a owe service to. • owe support to. • re-
belief. • hold for true. • hold the faith. late to. • take your place with.
• hold to be true. • hope and believe.
bend vb –A.
• hope in. • keep the faith. • know for
angle away. • angle off. • be curved. •
certain. • lean on. • make no doubt. •
be elastic. • be oblique. • be servile. •
nurture a belief. • perceive as true. •
be submissive. • bend down. • bend
persuade yourself. • pin your faith on.
over. • bob down. • bow and scrape. •
• pin your hopes on. • plays confidence
change course. • defer to. • duck down.
in. • postulate that. • put confidence
• get down. • give in the middle. • give
in. • put faith in. • put stock in. • put
in. • give way. • hang loose. • hunker
your trust in. • recite the creeds. •
down. • incline towards. • kiss hands. •
reckon on. • regard as true. • rely on.
knuckle under. • lean down. • lean over.
• rest assured. • rest in the belief. •
• loosen up. • make angular. • make
satisfy yourself. • set store by. • swal-
conform. • make crooked. • make
low whole. • swear by. • take a pledge.
curved. • make obeisance. • make ob-
• take as gospel. • take as proven. •
lique. • point to. • prostrate yourself. •
take at your word. • take for gospel. •
stand up. • take the shape of. • trend
take for granted. • take it. • take on
towards. • turn and twist.
board. • take on credit. • take on faith.
• take on trust. • take sb at their word. benefit vb –AA.
• take stock in. • take your word for. • be advantageous to. • be all for the best.
theorize that. • think it likely that. • be auspicious. • be beneficial to. • be
benevolent. • be expedient. • be helpful
belong vb –A. to. • be of advantage to. • be of assis-
be a component of. • be a constituent
tance to. • be of help to. • be of service
of. • be a member of. • be a part of. •
to. • be of use to. • be profitable. • be
be affiliated to. • be affiliated with. •
to the advantage of. • be to your advan-
be allied to. • be an adherent of. • be
tage. • be useful (to). • cash in (infml).
an adjunct of. • be an attribute of. • be
• come right in the end. • contribute to.
associated with. • be at the disposal of.
• do good (to). • do sb a power of good.
• be born so. • be bound to. • be cat-
• do well out of. • make a killing
egorized. • be classed. • be classified
(infml). • make better. • make money. •
among. • be classified. • be connected
make the most of. • put to good use. •
to. • be contained in. • be counted
reap benefits. • reap financial reward. •
among. • be found. • be held by. • be
turn out well. • turn to your advantage.
in your element. • be included (in). •
be intrinsic. • be joined to. • be linked. bid vb –A.
• be located. • be one of the family. • ask to. • bid for. • bid in. • bid up. • call
be one of. • be owned by. • be part of.
35 blow

upon. • call up. • hold out. • invite to. give (sb) a black eye. • go at. • hold
• make a bid for. • make an offer. • accountable. • hold liable. • hold re-
make application. • pull rank. • put in sponsible. • hold to blame. • impute to.
for. • request to. • submit a bid. • tell • jump on. • lay at the door of. • lay the
to. blame on. • light into. • pick holes in.
• pick on. • pin on (infml). • pitch into.
bind vb –A.
• place the blame on. • point a/the fin-
bind up. • bracket together. • commit
ger at. • put down to. • put the blame
yourself. • cramp sb’s style. • draw to-
on. • return the charge. • round on. •
gether. • fasten together. • give an un-
set down to. • stick on (infml). • take to
dertaking. • give your word. • hold
task. • think the worst of. • throw the
together. • knit together. • lash
first stone.
(down). • make fast. • peg down. • pin
down. • put together. • strap up. • block vb –A.
tape up. • tie down. • tie hand and beat about the bush. • beat off. • block
foot. • tie up. • treat as one. • truss up. out. • block up. • blow hot and cold. •
• yoke together. box in/up. • bung up (infml). • chase
away. • clog (up). • close off. • dam up.
bite vb –AAA.
• defend against. • draw the line. •
bare the teeth. • be allured. • be effec-
drive away. • fend off. • gum up. •
tive. • be efficacious. • be enticed. • be
gunge up. • hold at bay. • hold off. •
lured. • be sharp. • be successful. • be
interfere with. • keep at bay. • not pay.
sullen. • be tempted. • be vicious. • be
• put a spoke in sb’s wheel. • stand in
violent. • bite in. • bite into. • bite
the way of. • stave off. • stem the flow.
through. • burn (into). • cause discon-
• stop payment. • stop up. • take out of
tent. • chew up. • chill to the marrow.
play. • talk out. • throw a block. •
• come off (infml). • do the business
throw a spanner in the works. • turn
(infml). • do the trick (infml). • eat
aside. • wall up. • withhold payment.
away at. • eat in. • eat into. • get a
purchase. • get at (infml). • get blow vb –AA.
hooked. • gnaw at. • go as planned. • ache in every muscle/limb. • be active.
have an effect. • have results. • have • be fatigued. • be forgotten. • be in
the desired effect. • have the desired motion. • be prodigal. • be strong. • be
result. • hold on to. • ill-treat. • lash violent. • become angry. • become en-
out. • make your teeth chatter. • nibble raged. • become furious. • blow a hur-
at. • pay off (infml). • put on edge. • ricane. • blow along. • blow down. •
put out of humour. • rise to the bait. • blow great guns. • blow hard. • blow
sink your teeth into. • snap at. • swal- out. • blow over. • blow the bugle. •
low hook. • take effect. • take hold. • blow up. • blow your cash. • break
take the bait. • tear at. • wear away. • open. • breathe hard. • breathe out. •
work out. burst open. • come in like a lion. •
come on an end. • die down. • expand
blame vb –AA.
on. • fill up. • fling money around. • fly
accuse of. • ascribe to. • assign fault. •
off the handle (infml). • fritter away. •
assign guilt to. • assign guilt. • assign
get up. • get weary. • go into a rage/
liability. • attribute fault. • attribute
fury. • go off the deep end (infml). • go
guilt. • attribute liability. • attribute to.
off. • go wild. • hit the roof (infml). •
• bring home. • complain against. •
huff and puff. • lay out. • leave town. •
consider guilty (of). • find fault with.
lose your temper. • make a draught. •
• find guilty (of). • fix on. • get at. •
make a hash of (infml). • make a mess
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of. • pass away. • pay out. • play mu- • be concerned about. • be difficult. •
sic. • puff away. • puff out. • puff up. be easier said than done. • be the mat-
• pump up. • put out. • screw up ter. • be your bête noire. • bend sb’s ear
(infml). • settle down. • sink into (infml). • breathe down sb’s neck. •
oblivion. • sound faint. • sound the burden yourself. • busy yourself. • carp
horn. • sound the trumpet. • spend at. • cause sb anxiety. • concern your-
freely. • splash out. • stream in the air. self. • drive sb nuts. • drive up a wall.
• talk big (infml). • use up. • wind the • drive up the wall (infml). • exert your-
horn. self. • fuss (over). • get in sb’s hair
(infml). • get in your hair (infml). • get
bomb vb –A.
on sb’s case (infml). • get on your back.
attack from the air. • blow sky-high. •
• get on your case. • get on your nerves.
blow to bits. • blow up. • break down.
• get under your skin. • get up sb’s nose
• drop bombs on. • drop bombs. • fire
(infml). • get your goat. • give a damn
at. • lay eggs. • prove a fiasco. • rain
(infml). • give a hang (infml). • give a
destruction. • subject to bombing runs.
hoot (infml). • give a rap (infml). • give
• throw bombs. • wipe out. • zero in
sb a hard time (infml). • give sb a pain.
on.
• gnaw at. • go against the grain. • go
book vb –A. out of your way. • go to trouble. • grate
arrange for. • arrange in advance. • be on. • impose on. • inconvenience your-
early. • book in. • carry over. • fill in. self. • intrude upon. • jangle the nerves.
• fill up. • fix up. • get in advance. • • lead sb a merry dance. • lie heavy on.
give sb a black mark. • lay on. • line • make a fuss about. • make an/the ef-
up. • log your arrival. • make a reser- fort. • make anxious. • make sb lose
vation for. • make reservations for. • sleep. • make your hackles rise. • oc-
mark down. • pay in advance. • prefer cupy yourself. • pick on. • put out. •
charges. • put down. • record your ar- put sb on the spot. • put to inconve-
rival. • serve with a writ. • set aside. • nience. • put your nose out of joint. •
take into custody. • write down. put yourself out for. • put yourself out.
boot vb –A. • rub the wrong way. • rub up the
give (sb) their marching orders. • give wrong way (infml). • take pains. • take
the boot (infml). • give the bum’s rush the time. • take trouble. • trouble your-
(infml). • give the heave/push (infml). self. • try sb’s patience. • try your pa-
• kick out. • make ready. • put the tience. • weight down. • work up. •
boot in(to) (infml). • show sb the door. worry about. • worry yourself.
• strike with the foot. • throw out on box vb –A.
your ear (infml). • throw out. aim blows at. • box in/up. • bundle up.
border vb –A. • cage in. • coop up. • cross gloves. •
abut (on). • approximate to. • be ad- engage in fisticuffs. • exchange blows.
jacent to. • be close to. • be contiguous • fence in. • hem in. • mix punches. •
with. • be contiguous. • be near to. • put away. • shut in. • square off. • stick
be next to. • be similar to. • border on. one on. • swap punches. • take to fisti-
• bound on. • butt up against. • come cuffs. • wall in.
close to. • extend as far as. • lie next branch vb –A.
to. • stand next to. • verge on/upon. be dispersed. • branch out. • depart
bother vb –A. from. • deviate from. • diverge from. •
be a thorn in your flesh. • be attentive. fan out from. • go in different direc-
tions. • go off at a tangent from. • go off
37 bring

at a tangent to. • make angular. • open breather (infml). • have a rest. • have
up. • radiate from. • ray out from. • had it (infml). • interfere with. • knock
shoot off from. • split off from. • off (infml). • leave standing (infml). •
spread out. • turn aside from. lessen the impact of. • let out. • make
a flesh wound in. • make a loss. • make
break vb –AAA.
bankrupt. • make known. • make pub-
be brittle. • be damaged. • be de-
lic. • make your escape. • pack in
stroyed. • be on the blink (infml). • be
(infml). • pack up (infml). • part com-
overcome. • be unable to pay. • be un-
pany (with). • pull off. • pull to pieces.
usable. • become damaged. • become
• put in the shade. • reduce the impact
detached. • become free. • become lib-
of. • reduce to nothing. • reduce to
erated. • become separated. • become
penury. • separate from. • separate off.
severed. • become used to. • begin to
• separate out. • show the ropes to. •
use. • begin to wear. • blow out. •
smash to flinders. • smash to
blow up. • break all to pieces. • break
smithereens. • smash your hopes. •
all to smithereens. • break down. •
snap off. • soften the impact of. • split
break in pieces. • break in two. • break
up. • stop working. • suspend proceed-
into flinders. • break loose. • break off.
ings. • take a break. • take a breather
• break out. • break the spirit. • break
(infml). • take five (infml). • take the
through. • break to atoms. • bring to a
edge off. • transgress against. • undergo
halt. • bring to a stop. • bring to an
a change. • unfetter yourself. • un-
end. • bring to your knees. • burst out.
shackle yourself. • wear down. • wedge
• bust up. • call a halt to. • cave in. •
apart. • work out.
cease to function. • cease to operate. •
cease to work. • come apart at the brief vb –A.
seams. • come apart. • come forth. • acquaint with. • advise of. • apprise of.
come into being. • come off. • come • bring sb up to date. • bring up to date
out in the wash. • come out. • come to on. • clue in on (infml). • clue up about
an end. • come to bits. • come to the (infml). • familiarize with. • fill in (on)
parting of the ways. • come unglued. • (infml). • gen up (on) (infml). • give a
come unstuck. • commit a breach of. • directive. • give information about. •
conk out (infml). • crush the spirit. • give sb the facts. • give sb the gen on
develop a fault. • divide out. • fail to (infml). • give sb the low-down (infml).
observe. • fall apart. • fall to bits. • fall • give sb the run-down (infml). • give
to comply with. • fall to pieces. • fig- the rundown on (infml). • inform of. •
ure out. • fizzle out (infml). • fly in the keep posted. • keep up to speed with
face of. • fold up. • force apart. • force (infml). • make ready. • notify of. • put
open. • form a splinter group. • free (sb) in the picture (infml). • put in the
yourself. • get busted. • get free. • get picture about (infml). • send round in-
loose. • get out of. • get used to. • get structions. • tell about. • update on.
wrecked. • give in. • give out. • give
bring vb –AAA.
up the ghost (infml). • give up. • give
bring about. • bring down. • bring for-
way. • go bankrupt. • go beyond. • go
ward. • bring in. • bring off. • bring on.
broke. • go bust. • go haywire (infml).
• bring to pass. • cause to fall. • cause
• go into liquidation. • go kaput
to happen/occur. • come carrying. •
(infml). • go on the blink (infml). • go
contribute to. • fetch in. • give rise to.
phut (infml). • go their separate ways.
• lay low. • lead the way. • lead to. •
• go to pieces. • go to wrack and ruin.
make happen. • pull off. • put forward.
• go wrong. • have a break. • have a
• result in. • reverse the direction of. •
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show sb the way. • spark (off). • stir hunger after. • jump up and down
up. • take along. • touch off. • trigger (infml). • lay in ashes. • lay waste. •
(off). • usher in. • whip up. make a bonfire of. • make havoc. • put
a match to. • put out. • reduce to ashes.
build vb –AAA.
• roast alive. • send to the stake. • set
base on. • block out. • bring about. •
a match to. • set ablaze. • set afire. •
build up. • fit together. • get stronger.
set alight. • set fire to. • set light to. •
• hammer together. • knock together.
set on fire. • sigh after. • take a fancy to.
• pile stone on stone. • put together. •
• take fire. • take to. • turn crimson. •
put up. • run up. • set up. • throw to-
turn red. • turn to ashes. • use up. •
gether. • turn out.
want badly. • warm to.
burn vb –AA.
be ablaze. • be aching. • be afire. • be
buy vb –AAA.
acquire by purchase. • acquire owner-
aflame. • be alight. • be angry. • be
ship of. • bargain for. • barter for. • be
ardent. • be aroused. • be athirst. • be
credulous. • buy and sell. • buy off. •
bedeviled by. • be beside yourself. • be
come by. • contract for. • get at (infml).
boiling over. • be bright. • be con-
• get by purchase. • get hold of (infml).
sumed by/with. • be consumed with a
• get in exchange. • get your hands on
desire. • be desirous. • be desperate. •
(infml). • get your mitts on (infml). •
be dying (infml). • be eager. • be eaten
give an inducement to. • give sb a
up by/with. • be emotional. • be excit-
backhander (infml). • give sb a sweet-
able. • be excited. • be fevered. • be
ener (infml). • go marketing. • grease
feverish. • be greedy. • be hot. • be
sb’s palm (infml). • have in your pay. •
hungry. • be in flames. • be in love. •
invest in. • keep sb sweet (infml). • lay
be infatuated with. • be inflamed. • be
your hands on (infml). • make a/the
irritated. • be itching. • be livid
purchase of. • make an investment. •
(infml). • be obsessed by/with. • be on
pay a price for. • pay cash for. • pay for.
fire (infml). • be passionate. • be red.
• pay off. • pick up. • put money into.
• be sore. • be stirred up. • be thirsty.
• secure for a consideration. • shop for.
• be tormented by/with. • be unable to
• sign for. • snap up. • swallow whole.
wait. • be warm. • be wild (infml). •
• traffic in.
blaze up. • boil dry. • boil with indig-
nation. • breathe fire and fury. • burn ...
alive. • burn at the stake. • burn away.
• burn down. • burn fiercely. • burn in.
• burn on the pyre. • burn out. • burn
to ashes. • burn up. • burst into flame.
• catch fire. • catch on fire. • commit
to the flames. • consign to the flames.
• consume with flames. • destroy by
fire. • die of/for love. • dote on. •
draw a spark. • eat up. • fall in love
with. • feel hot. • flame up. • flare up.
• foam at the mouth (infml). • froth at
the mouth (infml). • get through. • go
pink. • go red. • go through. • go up in
flames. • go up in smoke. • go up. •
grow bright. • have a hankering. •
have a longing. • have a yen (infml). •
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C speak for. • stand for office. • stand for.


• swing through the country. • take ac-
tion. • take the field. • take to the
stump. • throw your hat in the ring. •
call vb –AAA. wage war. • whistle-stop.
answer to the name of. • appeal to. •
arrange a date for. • arrange a time for. care vb –AAA.
• ask for. • be loud. • bring to mind. • (not) give a damn (infml). • (not) give
call in on. • call out. • call to mind. • a hang (infml). • (not) give a hoot
call together. • call up (infml). • cat- (infml). • (not) give a rap (infml). •
egorize as. • class as. • consider to be. attend to. • be a caring person. • be
• cry out. • describe as. • drop by attentive. • be aware of. • be bothered.
(infml). • drop in on (infml). • get on • be cautious. • be concerned. • be fond
the blower (to) (infml). • get on the of. • be in love with. • be interested
phone to. • get sb on the horn (infml). (in). • be on guard. • be partial to. •
• get sb on the phone. • give a name. burden yourself with. • care for. • con-
• give sb a bell (infml). • give sb a cern yourself with. • do good works. •
buzz. • give sb a call (infml). • give sb do good. • exert yourself. • feel con-
a ring. • give sb a shout. • give sb a cern. • get worked up (infml). • give a
tinkle. • give tongue. • go by the name damn (infml). • give a hang (infml). •
of. • judge to be. • look in on. • look give a hoot (infml). • give a monkey’s
on as. • make a call to. • make a sign. (infml). • give a rap (infml). • give a
• order away. • pay a (brief) visit to. • thinker’s curse (infml). • give a thinker’s
pay a call on. • phone up. • place a call damn (infml). • go about doing good. •
to. • pop into (infml). • regard as. • hanker after. • have a social conscience.
ring for. • ring up (infml). • send for. • • have regard (for). • hold dear. • inter-
sing out. • sing up. • stop by (infml). • est yourself (in). • long for. • look after.
summon up. • think of as. • wake up. • look out for. • lose sleep over (infml).
• minister to. • provide for. • put your-
camp vb –A. self out for. • quite like. • rather care
amuse yourself. • behave affectedly. •
for. • serve the community. • show pub-
behave theatrically. • camp it up. •
lic spirit. • take an interest in. • take
camp out. • cop an attitude (infml). •
care of. • take pains. • take pleasure in.
doss down. • go overboard. • ham it up
• take precautions. • take trouble. •
(infml). • live rough. • live simply. •
trouble yourself (with). • watch out. •
live the outdoor life. • make your quar-
worry (yourself).
ters. • overdo it. • pitch camp. • pitch
on. • pitch tents. • pitch your tent. • carry vb –AAA.
place yourself. • rough it (infml). • set accede to. • agree to. • assent to. • be
up camp. • show off (infml). • sleep audible. • be burdened with. • be
out. • slum it (infml). • take a holiday gravid with. • be loaded with. • be lum-
home. bered with. • be marked with. • be
mounted. • be pregnant with. • be rid-
campaign vb –A. den. • be saddled with. • be transmit-
beat the bushes. • contend for. • exert ted. • be victorious. • bear on your
yourself. • fight the good fight. • go back. • bear yourself. • carry across. •
baby-kissing. • go to the grass roots. • carry on your shoulders. • carry weight.
hit the campaign trail. • lobby for. • • concur in. • conduct yourself. • con-
mend fences. • open a campaign. • run sent to. • deal in. • deal with. • fetch
for office. • run for. • solicit votes. • and carry. • get to grips with. • give the
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go-ahead to (infml). • give the green in. • break out with. • bring to light. •
light to (infml). • give the nod to burst in on. • burst into flames. • call to
(infml). • give the OK to (infml). • give mind. • catch fire. • catch in the act. •
the thumbs up to (infml). • give your catch off guard. • catch on to (infml). •
blessing to. • give your seal of approval catch on. • catch out. • catch red-
to. • give your stamp of approval to. • handed. • catch unawares. • catch up
have a rider. • have an effect on. • have with. • chance on. • climb on. • come
an impact on. • have as a consequence. across. • come down with (infml). •
• have for sale. • have on. • hold your- come into fashion. • come into the pos-
self. • impact on. • keep in stock. • session of. • come into vogue. • come
lead to. • pack off. • pass on. • pass upon. • conjure up. • connect with. •
over. • prevail on. • prop up. • result copy faithfully. • cut off. • fall ill (with).
in. • say yes to. • set forth. • shore up. • fall sick (with). • fall victim to. • fas-
• stoop your back to. • take by storm. ten on. • fasten upon. • feel sb’s collar
• take on yourself. • take on. • take up. (infml). • figure out (infml). • find out.
• trade in. • traffic in. • turn your hand • flame up. • gain on. • get on. • get
to. • vote for. • win over. over. • get the drift of (infml). • get the
cash vb –A. hang of (infml). • get the message
cash in. • convert into cash. • convert (infml). • get the picture (about)
into money. • honour a bill. • liquidate (infml). • get to the bottom of. • get to.
assets. • realize in cash. • stop pay- • get your hands on. • go aboard. • go
ment. • turn into cash/money. after. • go down with (infml). • go on
board. • grab hold of. • hang on to. •
cast vb –AA. haul in. • hop on. • jump on (infml). •
assign a part. • assign a role. • assign keep up with. • lag behind. • latch on
the part to. • cast about. • cast down. (infml). • latch on to (infml). • lay
• cast for a role. • decide upon. • fan (your) hands on. • lay hold of. • light
out. • get rid of. • give a part. • give on. • make head or tail of (infml). •
off. • give out. • give parts. • give the make out. • pounce on. • pull in
part to. • grope about. • lay out. • let (infml). • puzzle out. • reach in time. •
drop. • let fall. • let fly. • make an reel in. • run down. • run in (infml). •
image. • open out. • peel of. • screen- see the light about. • see through. •
test. • send forth. • send out. • set seize hold of. • show symptoms of. •
down. • shed your skin. • slough off. • sicken for. • start burning. • start run-
spread out. • stretch out. • throw off. ning. • step aboard. • stumble on. •
catch vb –AA. succumb to. • suffer from. • summon
be in time for. • be struck down with. up. • suss out (infml). • take by sur-
• be taken ill with. • become all the prise. • take captive. • take fire. • take
rage (infml). • become aware of. • be- hold of. • take ill with (infml). • take in.
come entangled. • become fashionable. • take into custody. • take prisoner. •
• become ignited. • become ill with. • take sick with (infml). • take unawares.
become infected with. • become liable • trip up. • turn up.
to. • become popular. • become sick cause vb –AAA.
with. • become snagged. • become account for. • act as puppet-master. • be
snarled up. • become stuck. • become a factor. • be answerable. • be at the
subject to. • become trapped. • be- bottom of. • be at the root of. • be in-
come trendy (infml). • become strumental. • be responsible. • be the
wedged. • begin working. • break out agent. • be the author of. • be the cause
41 champion

of. • be the reason. • be to blame (for). much of. • make whoopee. • make your
• bring about. • bring in its train. • debut. • mark the occasion. • mark with
bring in its wake. • bring into being. • a red letter. • offer worship. • officiate
bring off. • bring on. • bring out. • at (infml). • paint the town red. • paint
bring to pass. • carry with. • come the town. • pay homage to. • pay trib-
down on one side or the other. • con- ute to. • pay your respects. • perform
trive a result. • decide the result. • do ritual. • perform the rites. • present
the deed. • draw out. • effect a change. arms. • preside at (infml). • push the
• find means. • give occasion for. • boat out (infml). • put the flag(s) out.
give occasion to. • give rise to. • give • raise a memorial. • raise hell. • re-
the deciding vote. • give the decision. store to favour. • roll out the red carpet.
• have a hand in. • have an effect. • lay • step out. • turn out. • wear the lau-
the foundations. • lead to. • lie at the rels of victory. • whoop it up (infml). •
bottom of. • lie at the root of. • make write in letters of gold.
for. • make happen. • open up. • pro-
centre vb –A.
vide the means. • pull the strings. •
be based. • bring into focus. • bring to
result in. • set afloat. • set going. • set
a focus. • bring together. • centre in. •
up. • show its result. • sow the seeds
centre on/upon. • close in. • have as its
of. • spark off. • stage-manage. • stir
starting point. • revolve around. • zero
up. • take effect. • touch off. • trans-
in on.
late into fact. • trigger off. • turn the
scale. • whip up. • work a change. • chair vb –A.
yield results. be in charge of. • be in control of. • be
in the chair at. • have control of. • of-
celebrate vb –A. ficiate at. • preside over. • take the
be crowned with success. • be hospi-
chair of.
table. • be sociable. • beat a tattoo. •
beat the drum. • blaze abroad. • blow challenge vb –AA.
off steam. • blow the trumpets. • carry ask for it. • be a dissenter from. • be a
shoulder-high. • clash the cymbals. • dissenter of. • be spoiling for a fight. •
come out. • deck with flowers. • do call forth. • call into question. • defy sb
homage to. • do honour to. • do sb to do sth. • defy to. • demur about/
proud. • drink a toast to. • drink to. • against. • disagree with. • dissent from.
enjoy yourself. • fire a salute. • fire a • enter the lists. • look for trouble. •
salvo. • fling wide the gates. • give a make demands on. • make quarrels. •
hero’s welcome. • give a party. • give make sth of it. • object to. • protest
a riotous welcome. • go on a spree against. • shame into. • spur on. •
(infml). • go out on the town (infml). stand out against. • stand up to. • take
• hang out the flags. • have a ball. • exception to. • take sb up on. • throw
have a good time. • have a night on the down the gauntlet (to). • trail your
tiles. • have a party. • have a wild time. coat. • wear out. • work on the feelings.
• have fun. • have your day. • hold champion vb –A.
high. • keep holy. • keep sacred. • ally yourself with. • argue for. • battle
keep the memory green. • keep up. • for. • campaign for. • crusade for. • fight
kick up your heels. • kill the fatted calf. for. • fight for. • hold a brief for. • hold
• let loose. • let off steam. • live it up. a torch for. • lobby for. • plead for. •
• make a salute. • make holiday. • side with. • speak for. • stand behind. •
make important. • make it an occasion. stand by. • stand up for. • stick up for.
• make known. • make merry. • make • take sb’s part. • take up the cause of.
change 42

• take up the cudgels for. • take your • buy on time. • call upon. • chalk up.
part. • throw your weight behind. • • charge at. • charge to your account. •
vouch for. come upon. • come at. • complain
against. • dash against. • dash at. •
change vb –AAA.
debit from. • descend on. • drive
be capricious. • be changed. • be con-
against. • fall on. • file charges. • fill to
verted. • be restored. • be transformed.
the brim. • fill up. • fix a charge. • fix
• be turned to. • be uncertain. • be
a price. • fix the price at. • fly against.
unequal. • become different. • blow
• fly at. • give a mandate. • give battle.
hot and cold. • bring up to date. •
• give terms. • go all out. • go full bat.
change colour. • change countenance.
• go full belt (at). • go full lick. • go full
• change course. • change with the
steam. • go full tilt. • go headlong. • go
times. • change your clothes. • change
over the top. • haul before the court. •
your tune. • chop and change. • come
have sb up. • have the law on sb. • hold
around. • do a U-turn (infml). • do an
accountable for. • hold out for. • im-
about-face (infml). • do over. • do sth
peach for. • implicate in. • incur a debt.
about. • fine-tune. • get better. • get
• indict for. • jump on. • launch your-
changed. • give a colour to. • go
self. • lay into (infml). • load up. •
through phases. • have as many phases
make a raid on. • make a rush. • make
as the moon. • lose colour. • make a
an onslaught on. • make heavy. • make
transition. • make adjustments to. •
sb a party. • march against. • move fast.
make alterations to. • make different.
• move quickly. • open fire on. • pay
• make innovations. • make over. •
with plastic. • prefer charges. • prepare
make unlike. • make your toilet. •
a statement. • prepare to fire. • present
merge into. • move on. • pass to. •
an account. • press charges. • prosecute
render different. • resolve into. • re-
for. • put down to. • put down. • put on
verse yourself. • ring the changes. •
the books. • put on the cuff. • put on
seek new pastures. • show phases. •
trial for. • put on your account. • put on
submit to change. • suffer a sea
your tab. • ram down. • receive credit.
change. • switch around. • take a new
• ride against. • ride down. • ride full
turn. • take a turn. • tamper with. •
tilt at. • run against. • run at. • run
turn from. • turn into. • turn over a
down. • run into a brick wall. • run up
new leaf. • turn the corner. • turn up-
a bill. • run your head against. • rush
side down. • undergo a change. • un-
at. • sail against. • sell cash and carry.
dergo a sea change. • wax and wane.
• sell for. • sell on credit. • set upon. •
channel vb –A. sound the charge. • state your terms. •
cut a groove in. • cut out. • gouge out. stick out for. • surge forward. • swear
• hollow out. • make a furrow in. • an indictment. • swoop on. • take by
pass on. • pour in/out. • siphon off. • storm. • take from. • take on account.
strain off. • take sb to court. • tear into (infml). •
charge vb –AAA. throw the first stone. • throw yourself.
accuse of. • advance against. • arraign • tilt at. • top up. • try for. • weigh
for. • ask a price. • ask in payment. • down.
attempt to capture. • be courageous. • check vb –AA.
be violent. • bear down on. • beat the balance accounts. • balance the books.
drum. • blame for. • bring a charge. • • bite back. • bottle up. • bring to a
bring to trail for. • buy for cash. • buy standstill. • call the roll. • cause a
on credit. • buy on the instalment plan. bottleneck. • check out. • check up. •
43 claim

check off. • choke back. • cut short. • out for. • opt for. • pick and choose. •
double-check. • enquire into. • fight pick out. • pitch on. • place your trust
back. • find out. • give (sb) a row in. • plump for. • put on the list. • range
(infml). • give a row to (infml). • give yourself. • see fit. • separate the wheat
marks for. • give points for. • give sth from the chaff. • set apart. • set aside.
a going-over (infml). • give sth a look- • settle on/upon. • shop around. •
see (infml). • give sth a/the once-over single out. • take for better/worse. •
(infml). • give the once-over to (infml). take sides. • take the plunge. • take to
• go into. • go over with a fine-toothed your bosom. • take up an option. • take
comb. • go through. • go the rounds. • up. • think best. • think fit. • think it
hold back. • hold up. • inquire into. • best to. • throw in your lot with. • use
interfere with. • keep a lid on (infml). your discretion. • vote for.
• keep account of. • keep back. • keep circle vb –A.
in check. • look at. • look into. • look be periodic. • beat the bounds. • change
over. • make sure. • nip in the bud hands. • chase your tail. • come full
(infml). • put a brake on. • put a spoke circle. • compass about. • curve around.
in sb’s wheel. • rap over the knuckles. • cut across. • describe a circle. • do a
• read the riot act. • rein in. • run U-turn. • do the round trip. • double a
through. • slap on the wrist. • slow point. • double back. • draw a circle. •
down. • stand in the way of. • take a face about. • fence in. • go around the
dekko at (infml). • take account of. • world. • go around. • go globetrotting.
take stock. • tear (sb) of a strip (infml). • go into orbit. • go round. • go the
• tell off (infml). • tick off. • urge on. rounds. • hedge in. • hem in. • leave
choose vb –AA. the ground. • loop the loop. • make a
be choosy. • be fastidious. • be in- circuit. • make a detour. • make the
clined. • be into. • be picky. • be reso- round of. • move around. • move round
lute. • be so minded. • be willing. • in circles. • move round. • pass from
burn your boats. • burn your bridges. • hand to hand. • pass from one to an-
call for. • cast in your lot with. • cast other. • put a girdle round the earth. •
your lot with. • choose freely. • come put about. • revolve around. • revolve
down for. • come down in favour of. • round. • ring round. • round a corner.
come down on one side. • come out for. • run on. • swing past. • take off. •
• commit yourself. • cross the Rubicon. travel round. • turn a corner. • turn
• cut out. • decide on. • determine around. • turn back. • turn on your
upon. • divide the sheep from the heel. • walk round. • weather a point.
goats. • draw lots. • eliminate the al- • wheel about. • wind your way.
ternatives. • exercise your choice. • claim vb –AAA.
exercise your discretion. • exercise apply for. • ask as your right. • ask for.
your option. • feel disposed to. • feel • assert ownership (of). • assert your
inclined. • fix on/upon. • go for. • go right to. • boast of. • call for. • call in
in for. • go with. • hand-pick. • have a (debts). • call upon sb for. • call your
bias. • have a mind to. • have a pref- own. • cause the loss of. • claim as a
erence. • have a voice. • have free will. right. • claim as your due. • come down
• incline toward. • leap into. • like on for. • contest at law. • declare your
best. • like better. • make a choice of. right. • demand as a right. • demand
• make a decision. • make up your redress. • demand your rights. • draw
mind. • make your bed. • make your on. • enforce a claim. • establish a
choice. • make your selection. • mark right. • establish rights to. • exercise a
clean 44

right. • file a claim. • formally request. free from blame. • get off the hook. •
• give as your reason/rationale. • have get out. • get past. • get rid of. • give
a right to expect. • have a right. • have approval to. • give clearance. • give
dibs on. • insist on your rights. • insist consent to. • give permission. • give the
upon. • lay claim to. • look for. • make go ahead (to) (infml). • give the green
a stand. • make claims upon. • make light (to) (infml). • give the OK. • give
out. • present your claim. • press a the thumbs up. • give your seal of ap-
claim. • press a suit. • pretend to. • proval to. • go above. • go away. • go
publish your claims. • put in a claim over. • hop (over). • jump over. • leap
for. • put in an application for. • put in (over). • leapfrog (over). • leave the
for. • result in the loss of. • say that you ground. • let go. • let off (the
own. • stake a claim. • stake out a hook)(infml). • light up. • make a clean
claim. • stand on your rights. • stand sweep of. • make a profit of. • make
up for your rights. • sue for. • take pos- bright. • make empty. • make flow. •
session. • take your toll. • vindicate make good. • make vacant. • make
your rights. yourself scarce. • melt away. • mop up.
clean vb –AA. • pass over. • pay off. • permit to pass.
brush up. • clean away. • clean out. • • peter out. • pick clean. • pull in. • put
clean up. • clear away. • clear out. • in order. • put sb in the clear. • put sb
clear the decks. • clear the ground. • in the right. • rake in (infml). • rake
clear up. • do the washing. • do up. • out. • realize a profit of. • sail over. •
drip-dry. • dry-clean. • flush out. • settle an account. • show daylight be-
freshen up. • hose down. • lay the tween. • skip (over). • spring over. •
dust. • make a clean sweep of. • make square accounts with. • straighten out.
better. • make bright. • mess up. • mop • straighten up. • sweep away. • take
up. • put in order. • rake out. • remove away. • take off. • take yourself off. •
the dirt. • remove the innards of. • rub throw away. • throw out. • tidy away. •
down. • rub off. • rub up. • scrub off. tidy up. • turn into money. • vault
• set to rights. • shake out. • slick up. (over). • wear off.
• sluice (down). • smarten up. • climb vb –A.
spring-clean. • spruce up. • straighten ascend gradually. • be hiked up (infml).
out. • straighten up. • sweep away. • • be in motion. • be jacked up (infml).
sweep up. • swill down. • tidy up. • • be oblique. • clamber up. • claw your
tumble-dry. • wash clean. • wash way. • crawl up. • creep up. • fly up-
down. • wash up. • wipe clean. • wipe wards. • gain altitude. • gain height. •
up/down. • wring out. get ahead. • get on. • get ahead. • go
clear vb –AAA. down. • go through the ceiling (infml).
account for. • allow to pass. • balance • go through the roof (infml). • go up.
accounts with. • be paid. • become • go uphill. • incline upwards. • labour
bright. • become brighter. • become up sth. • leap up. • leave the ground. •
fine. • become light. • become sunny. make progress. • make strides. • make
• bound over. • break up. • brighten your way up. • move up. • progress
(up). • bring in. • carry away. • clean upward. • scrabble up. • scramble up.
out. • clean up. • clear accounts with. • shin down. • shin up. • shinny up. •
• clear away. • clear out. • clear the shoot up. • slope upward. • soar up. •
decks. • clear the ground. • clear up. • start up. • strive up. • struggle up. •
clear your name. • declare innocent. • swarm up. • take off. • trend upwards.
find an answer to. • find not guilty. • • twine up. • walk up. • wind upward.
45 collect

• work your way up. come gloomy. • become overcast. •


cloud over. • fog over. • grow dim. •
close vb –AAA.
make cloudy. • make murky. • make
bang (a door). • batten down the
opaque. • make unclear. • mist up. •
hatches. • batten down. • be all over.
muddy the waters. • tone down.
• be closed (down). • be liquidated. •
be shut (down). • be wound up. • be- code vb –A.
come insolvent. • become narrower. • be unintelligible. • put a message into
become small. • become smaller. • code. • use a cipher. • write a computer
block (up/off). • break off. • bring off/ program.
about. • bring to an end. • bring to. • collapse vb –A.
bung up. • button up. • call a halt to. be fatigued. • be frustrated. • be ill. •
• catch up. • cease activity. • cease be impotent. • be out for the count. • be
operating. • cease operations. • cease overcome (with emotion). • be unsuc-
production. • cease trading. • choke cessful. • be weak. • bite off more than
off. • clamp down. • clap to. • clog up. you can chew. • black out. • break
• close down. • close in on. • close in. down. • cave in. • come a cropper. •
• close the shutters. • close up. • come apart. • come down. • come to a
clutch one another. • come clos(er)/ halt. • come to grief. • come to nothing.
near(er). • come into contact. • come • conk out. • crack up. • crock up. •
to a halt. • come to an end. • come drop dead. • fall apart at the seams. •
together. • complete a deal. • cram fall apart. • fall down. • fall flat. • fall
down. • creep up. • do up. • draw in. • fall prostrate. • fall short. • fall
clos(er)/near(er). • draw the curtains. through. • fall to pieces. • fall to the
• draw the ends together. • draw to. • ground. • fall unconscious. • fizzle out
draw together. • fill up. • form a circle. (infml). • flake out. • fold up. • give
• gain on sb. • get clos(er). • get nar- way. • go belly-up (infml). • go out. •
rower. • get near(er). • go bankrupt. • go to pieces. • go wrong. • have a
go broke (infml). • go bump (infml). • stroke. • keel over. • knuckle under. •
go bust. • go into liquidation. • go into lose consciousness. • lose control. • lose
receivership. • go out of business. • go your self-control. • not succeed. • over-
to the wall (infml). • go under. • grow reach yourself. • pack up. • pass out.
smaller. • heal over. • knit together. •
lock in. • make airtight. • make all collect vb –AA.
tight. • make narrower. • make appeal for. • ask for. • ask people to
smaller. • make tight. • make water- give. • bring together. • call for. • call
tight. • prevent passage. • pull off. • into action. • call up. • cash on delivery.
pull to. • push to. • put the lid on. • • catch on. • come and get. • come for.
put together. • put up the shutters. • • come to get. • come together. • draw
ram down. • retard flow. • ring out. • upon for. • flock together. • gather (to-
scab over. • seal (up/off). • set the seal gether). • gather round. • get a grip (on
on. • shake hands on. • shut down (a yourself)(infml). • get together. • get
lid). • shut in. • shut off. • shut up. • your act together (infml). • go and get.
skin over. • snap to. • stop a leak. • • go for. • go to get. • heap up. • join
stop up. • suspend operations. • tamp together. • latch on to. • lay up. • lay
down. • turn off. • wall up. • wind up. aside. • lay away. • lay in. • lump to-
• wrap up (infml). • zip up. gether. • make a collection. • make a
crowd. • pile up. • pull yourself to-
cloud vb –A. gether. • rack up. • receive payment. •
be cloudy. • be dim. • be misty. • be-
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regain your composure. • roll up. • • be an inhabitant of. • be at your dis-


round up. • scrape together. • snap out posal. • be available. • be converted to.
of it (infml). • steady yourself. • store • be disclosed. • be for sale. • be from.
(up). • summon (up). • swell the • be in print. • be made. • be on offer.
ranks. • take a hold of yourself. • take • be produced. • be revealed. • be
up. settled in. • be understood. • bear com-
parison with. • blow in (infml). • blun-
colour vb –A.
der on. • boil down to (infml). • bump
be mixed. • be modest. • become rosy.
into (infml). • carry on. • chance on. •
• block in. • colour in. • colour up. •
come about. • come across. • come
colour-wash. • dress up. • feel shame.
along. • come as far as. • come by. •
• float a wash. • flush with anger. • get
come down to. • come down. • come
angry. • give a false account of. • give
forward. • come on the scene. • come
colour to. • go as red as a beetroot. •
on. • come out of the closet. • come to
go crimson. • go pink. • go purple. •
pass. • come unstuck (infml). • come up
go red in the face. • go red. • grow
to. • come up. • come upon. • compare
heated. • grow warm. • lay a wash. •
with. • crop up. • draw close(r). • draw
lay on the colour. • put a spin on. •
near(er). • draw nigh. • drop by
quote out of context. • run through. •
(infml). • drop in (infml). • end up as
show bashfulness. • show feeling. •
(infml). • end up at. • extend to. • fetch
stand blushing. • take out of context. •
up at. • find by chance. • get as far as.
touch up. • turn crimson. • turn red. •
• get here/there. • get to. • get up to.
turn scarlet.
• hail from. • happen on. • have been
combine vb –A. born in. • have your home in. • have
add water. • band together. • be your roots in. • land up at. • light on. •
friendly. • be one. • bracket together. • light upon. • live in. • make an appear-
bring together. • cement a union. • ance. • make headway. • make it to. •
clap together. • club together. • com- make it. • make progress. • move closer.
bine with water. • combine with. • • move nearer. • not stop until. • origi-
come together. • double up. • fit to- nate in. • pop in (infml). • present it-
gether. • form an alliance. • form an self. • present yourself. • put in an ap-
association. • gang up (infml). • get pearance. • reach sexual fulfilment. •
together. • go into league. • go into reach your destination. • reside in. •
partnership (with). • grow together. • roll in (infml). • roll up (infml). • run
hang together. • have an affinity. • across. • run against (infml). • run into.
hook up. • join (together). • join forces • set foot on. • show up (infml). • show
(with). • join hands. • lay together. • your face (infml). • show your face. •
league with. • link (up). • lump to- spring up. • step forward. • stop by
gether. • make common cause. • make (infml). • stumble on. • stumble upon.
friends. • make up. • mix with. • piece • succeed to. • take place. • travel to-
together. • pool resources. • put heads wards. • turn up (infml). • wind up at
together. • put together. • run together. (infml). • work out. • yield to.
• soak up. • take in. • team up (with).
command vb –A.
• throw in your lot. • throw together.
assign a duty. • attract notice. • be at
come vb –AAA. the helm. • be given. • be head of. • be
amount to (infml). • appear at. • ap- high. • be in authority over. • be in
pear on the market. • arrive at. • be a charge of. • be in command of. • be in
native of. • be a resident of. • be along. the driver’s seat. • be in the driving seat.
47 compare

• be in the saddle. • be listened to. • comment vb –AA.


be master of. • be obeyed. • be recog- allude to. • bring out. • come out with.
nized. • be superior. • be the boss of. • • express an opinion on. • give a men-
be the leader of. • boss around. • bring tion to. • make a comment on. • make
together. • call for. • call on/upon. • mention of. • make remarks (about). •
call the shots. • call the tune (infml). • point out. • remark on. • remark upon.
call to attention. • call to order. • call • say sth about. • shed light on. • speak
together. • carry authority. • crack the about. • talk about. • touch on. • touch
whip. • declare taboo. • desire the upon. • write about. • write notes.
presence of. • dispose of. • enforce
commission vb –A.
obedience. • exercise power over. •
call upon. • charge with an errand. •
force upon. • give a cue. • give a direc-
contract for. • entrust with a mission. •
tive. • give a mandate. • give an order.
give a mandate. • give employment. •
• give directions. • give orders to. •
give in charge. • grant powers of attor-
give the order to. • have absolute dis-
ney. • impose a duty. • leave it to. •
posal of. • have at your bidding. • have
make ready. • offer a post. • pay for. •
at your command. • have at your dis-
place an order for. • put in an order for.
posal. • have authority over. • have
• put in commission. • put in posses-
charge of. • have control of. • have
sion. • put in your hands. • raise to the
dominion over. • have it all your own
throne. • send on a mission. • send on
way. • have superiority over. • have
an errand. • send out. • sign up. •
sway. • have the deciding voice. • have
swear sb in. • trust with. • turn over to.
the ear of. • have the upper hand. •
have the whip hand. • have your way. commit vb –AA.
• have your will. • head up (infml). • be guilty of. • be responsible for. • be to
hold back. • hold office. • hold sway blame for. • bind over. • bind yourself.
over. • hold the reins. • impose a ban. • blow your brains out. • carry out. •
• impose a duty. • impose your will. • carry through. • commit hara-kiri. •
issue a command. • issue a writ. • keep commit suicide. • confer a trust. • dedi-
in hand. • keep order. • lay down the cate yourself. • depend upon. • die by
law. • lay down. • lay upon. • lord it your own hand. • do away with your-
over. • lord it. • make a requisition. • self. • do the deed. • do wrong. • end
make a sign. • make obligatory. • oc- it all. • engage in. • give over. • give up.
cupy a post. • order with authority. • • hand over. • kill yourself. • leave it to.
positively insist. • preside over. • pre- • leave to. • lock away. • lock up. •
vail over. • put your foot down. • reign make another’s duty. • make responsible
over. • ring for. • rise above. • rule out. for. • pack it in. • pull off (infml). • put
• rule the roost. • run the show. • away. • put in custody. • put in the
saddle with. • say the word. • send an hands of. • put in your hands. • rely
order. • send back. • send for. • send upon. • shoot yourself. • slash your
on a mission. • send round instruc- wrists. • slit your own throat. • swear
tions. • set a task. • state authorita- by. • take an overdose of. • take your
tively. • take a strong line. • take own life. • throw in the towel. • turn
charge (of). • take in hand. • take over. over to. • turn over.
• take possession of. • take the chair. • compare vb –A.
take the lead. • take the reins. • tell off. balance the differences between. • be
• tower over. • wear the trousers. • (nearly) as good as. • be comparable
wield influence. • wrap around your (to). • be in the same class (as). • be in
finger.
compete 48

the same league as. • be not a million a prize. • cope with. • cross swords. •
miles from (infml). • be not dissimilar engage in a contest. • enter into compe-
to. • be not unlike. • be on a level with. tition. • enter the lists. • enter the rolls.
• be on a par with. • be the equal of. • • get involved. • give a run for your
bear comparison (with). • beyond money. • go head to head. • go in for. •
compare. • bracket with. • bring into go out for. • hold a candle to (infml). •
comparison. • bring together. • check keep pace with. • keep up with the
with. • class with. • come close to. • Joneses. • keep up with. • lock horns
come near to. • come up to. • compare (with). • match strength with. • match
and contrast. • compare notes. • com- up to. • match wits with. • offer your-
pare to. • compare with. • compete self. • participate in. • pit yourself
with. • correlate to. • distinguish be- against. • pitch yourself against (infml).
tween. • draw a comparison. • draw a • race with. • run for. • seek the same
parallel (between). • draw an analogy prize. • strive against. • struggle
between. • equal roughly. • equate to. against. • take on all comers. • take on.
• estimate relatively. • exchange obser- • take part. • throw your hat in the ring
vations. • exchange views. • express by (infml). • try to beat. • vie for. • vie
metaphor. • group with. • hold a with. • wage war.
candle (to). • hold up together. • iden-
complain vb –AA.
tify with. • institute a comparison. •
air a grievance. • be discontented. • be
liken to. • make a comparison. • make
on at sb (infml). • be sullen. • bring
an analogy between. • match ideas. •
charges. • cry blue murder. • file
match up to. • match up. • measure
charges. • find fault (with). • go on
against. • measure the differences be-
about (infml). • inveigh against (infml).
tween. • measure up. • mention in the
• kick up a fuss (infml). • kick up a
same breath as. • note the similarities
stink (infml). • lodge a complaint. •
(and differences). • past compare. •
make a complaint. • make a fuss
place in juxtaposition. • put alongside.
(about). • make a stink. • make noises
• put together with. • reduce to a com-
about. • moan and groan. • object to. •
mon denominator. • regard as identical
pick holes in (infml). • put the boot in
to. • regard as the same as. • set
(infml). • raise a fuss. • raise a howl. •
against. • set off against. • set over
report adversely on. • run down. •
against. • set side by side with. • set
sound off (infml). • swear an indict-
side by side. • show correspondence. •
ment. • take exception to. • tell your
show to be analogous. • show to be
tale of woe.
similar. • stack up against. • stack up
with. • view together. • weigh one complete vb –AAA.
thing against another. • weigh the dif- add the final touch (to). • add the fin-
ferences between. • weigh up. ishing touch (to). • be self-contained. •
bring to completion. • bring to conclu-
compete vb –A. sion. • bring to fruition. • bring to full-
bandy with. • be a candidate. • be a
ness. • bring to maturity. • buckle
competitor. • be a contestant. • be in
down. • carry off. • carry out. • carry
the running (infml). • be in the same
through. • do the deed. • draw to-
class as. • be in the same league as. •
gether. • fasten on. • fill in. • fill out. •
be involved. • be on a par with. • be
fill up. • finish off. • flock together. •
rivals. • be the equal of. • become a
get on the beam. • get through. • go the
competitor. • come close to. • come
whole-hog. • go through with. • knock
near to. • compare with. • contend for
off. • knuckle down. • leave nothing to
49 conduct

be desired. • make complete. • make think hard. • zero in on.


good. • make into a whole. • make
concern vb –AAA.
perfect. • make up. • meet your re-
appertain to. • apply to. • be a matter
sponsibilities. • polish off (infml). • put
of concern to. • be about. • be appli-
the finishing touch. • put the icing on
cable to. • be busy with. • be concerned
the cake. • put the tin lid on. • put
with. • be connected with. • be depen-
across/over. • round off. • round out.
dent upon. • be important to. • be inter-
• set the seal on. • sew up (infml). •
dependent with. • be interested in. • be
sort out. • top out. • turn out. • wind
involved in. • be of importance to. • be
up. • wrap up (infml). • zero in on.
of interest to. • be pertinent to. • be
concentrate vb –A. related to. • be relevant to. • be the
address yourself to. • apply the mind. business of. • bear on/upon. • belong
• apply the seat of your pants to the to. • bother yourself with. • busy your-
chair. • apply yourself to. • apply your- self with. • cause disquiet to. • deal
self. • attend closely. • be absorbed in. with. • depend upon. • devote your
• be attentive. • be dense. • be en- time to. • go into. • have a bearing on.
grossed in. • be immersed in. • boil • have a hand in. • have connections
down. • bring into a small compass. • with. • have implications for. • have
bring into focus. • bring the mind to relation to. • have significance for. •
bear. • bring to bear on one point. • have to do with. • impact on. • interest
bring to bear. • bring together. • bring yourself in. • involve yourself in. •
toward a central point. • brood over. • make anxious. • occupy yourself with. •
collect your thoughts. • consider pertain to. • refer to. • relate to. • stand
closely. • crowd together. • cudgel your in relationship to. • take a hand in. •
brains about/over. • devote yourself to. take an interest in. • take notice of. •
• direct all your attention to. • direct tell of. • touch on. • touch upon.
the mind to. • direct towards one ob-
conclude vb –A.
ject. • draw together. • examine
be all over. • be over. • bring about. •
closely. • fix your attention. • fix your
bring down the curtain. • bring off. •
thoughts. • focus attention on. • focus
bring to a close. • bring to an end. •
on. • focus upon. • focus your atten-
button up. • come to an end. • come to
tion on. • focus your thoughts. • get
terms on. • come to the conclusion. •
down to. • get stuck into (infml). •
come out. • draw the inference. • draw
give all your attention to. • give exclu-
to a close. • draw to an end. • end up.
sive attention to. • give heed. • give
• finish up. • finish with. • hammer out.
the mind to. • give your attention to. •
• hash out. • pass on. • pull off. • put
give your mind to. • heap up. • home
a period to. • reach an agreement on. •
in on. • keep your eye on the ball. •
reach terms on. • result in. • round off.
keep your mind on. • meditate upon. •
• set the seal on. • sew up (infml). •
miss nothing. • muse over. • occupy
shake hands on. • straighten out. • sum
the mind with. • occupy the thoughts
up. • thrash out. • tie up. • wind up
with. • pay attention to. • pay heed. •
(infml). • work out. • wrap up (infml).
pull your wits together. • put your
mind to. • rack your brains. • rack your conduct vb –AA.
brains (about/over). • regard carefully. be in charge of. • be in control of. • beat
• rivet your attention. • study deeply. time. • bring in tow. • carry on. • carry
• think about (with absorption). • out. • come before. • deal with. • go
think about closely. • think closely. • on. • hand on. • lead on. • lead the
confirm 50

dance. • mark the time. • open the consider vb –AAA.


ball. • pass on. • play music. • point allow for. • bat around. • be guided by.
the way. • preside over. • show sb the • be mindful of. • bear in mind. • check
way. • show the way. • wield the baton. out. • chew over. • class as. • cogitate
confirm vb –AA. about. • conflicting opinions. • consider
agree to. • assure sb. • back up. • bear the pros and cons of. • cross your palm
out. • confirm in the faith. • confirm in with silver. • deal with. • deliberate
writing. • consent to. • double-check. over. • dream of. • factor in. • flirt with
• give (an) assurance. • give consent. (an idea). • get a load of (infml). • give
• give credence to. • give security. • a present. • give thought to. • have a
give strength to. • give substance to. • butcher’s at (infml). • have a gander at
give the go-ahead. • give the green (infml). • have a squint at (infml). •
light. • go bail for. • grant claims. • lay have regard to. • hold to be. • interpret
on hands. • lend force to. • make a as. • keep in mind. • keep in view. •
case for. • make absolute. • make cer- kick around. • look at. • look on as. •
tain. • make firm. • make firmer. • look upon. • make a judgment. • make
make good. • make legal. • make out. a value judgment. • make allowance for.
• make pious. • make sure. • make • make provision for. • meditate on. •
valid. • prove the truth of. • rubber- meditate over. • mull over. • not forget.
stamp. • say again. • set your seal on. • pass judgment. • pay regard to. • play
• sign on the dotted line. • state again. around with. • provide for. • puzzle
• strengthen your faith. • undertake to over. • reckon with. • reflect on. • re-
prove. • vouch for. gard as. • ruminate over. • see about. •
see as. • set down. • size up (infml). •
conflict vb –A. sleep on it. • subscribe to. • sum up. •
be at odds. • be at variance. • be con- take a dekko at (infml). • take a shufti
trary. • be in conflict. • be in opposi- at (infml). • take account of. • take ev-
tion. • be incompatible. • be incongru- erything into consideration. • take for.
ous. • be inconsistent. • be inimical. • • take into account. • take into consid-
be on different wavelengths. • come eration. • take to heart. • take under
into conflict. • have nothing in com- consideration. • take up. • talk over. •
mon. think about. • think of as. • think of. •
connect vb –A. think over. • toss around. • turn over in
arrange in succession. • be contiguous. your mind. • view as. • weigh the pros
• bracket together. • chain together. • and cons. • weigh up.
draw a parallel with. • establish com- consist vb –A.
munication. • hook up (with). • link be composed of. • be contained. • be
closely. • link together. • link up with. expressed by. • be formed (of). • be in-
• make contact. • make fast. • mention herent. • be intrinsic. • be made up of.
in the same breath as. • open into. • • be made up. • be present. • consist in.
pin together. • plug in. • put in touch. • consist of. • have as its main feature.
• put through to. • put together. • re- • have its existence/being. • inhere in.
late to. • rope together. • set side by • reside in.
side with. • string together. • think of
sth in connection with. • think of sth construct vb –A.
together with. • thread together. • tie build up. • hammer out. • knock to-
up (with). • treat as one. gether. • lay the foundation for. • make
complete. • make up. • piece together.
• put together. • put up. • run up. • set
51 contribute

up. • thrash out. • work out. time. • take up again. • take up time. •
take up. • wear on.
contact vb –AA.
be in communication with. • communi- contract vb –A.
cate with. • drop a line to (infml). • get be drawn together. • be little. • be nar-
hold of. • get on to. • get/be in touch row. • be reduced in compass. • be
with. • make contact with. • ring up. • stricken with. • be struck down with. •
speak to. • talk to. • write to. be taken ill with. • become infected
with. • become liable to pay. • become
contain vb –AA.
narrower. • become shorter. • become
be composed of. • be intrinsic. • be
small. • become smaller. • become
made up of. • be made up. • bottle up.
tighter. • come down with. • commit
• close round. • consist of. • draw the
oneself. • cut down to life size. • draw
line. • gain control over. • gain mastery
back. • draw in. • drive a bargain. •
over. • have capacity for. • hem in. •
drive a hard bargain. • enter into an
hold back. • hold in. • keep a tight rein
agreement. • fall ill with. • fall into. •
on. • keep back. • keep in check. •
firm down. • get smaller. • get together.
keep in. • keep under control. • keep
• go down with. • grow less. • make a
within limits. • rein in. • shut in. • take
deal. • make narrower. • make shorter.
in.
• make smaller. • make terms. • make
continue vb –AAA. thin. • make tighter. • negotiate a deal.
be pending. • be prolonged. • be re- • pick up. • reach an agreement. • run
established. • be reinstated. • be rein- up. • shake hands. • shrivel up. • suc-
stituted. • be restored. • begin again. cumb to. • take ill with. • take in. • take
• begin where you left off. • carry for- on. • take sick with (infml). • taper off.
ward. • carry on with. • carry on. • • tuck in.
carry over. • chip away at. • drag on.
contrast vb –A.
• fill time. • forge ahead. • go on with.
be at odds with. • be at variance. • be
• go on. • hammer away. • hang in. •
contrary to. • be dissimilar. • be diverse.
hang on like grim death. • hang on. •
• be in opposition to. • be unlike. • be
hold on. • hold out. • keep alive. •
variable. • clash with. • conflict with. •
keep at. • keep going. • keep on with.
depart from. • deviate from. • differ
• keep on. • keep your hand in. • keep
from. • differentiate from. • disagree
the ball rolling. • keep up. • live on. •
with. • distinguish from. • draw a dis-
live through. • maintain course. •
tinction between. • form a contrast. •
make headway. • move ahead. • move
go against. • measure against. • scream
on. • never cease. • not give up. • not
at (infml). • set in opposition. • set off
stop. • occupy time. • persevere in. •
(against). • set over. • set side by side.
persevere with. • persist in/with. •
• show difference. • stand out.
pick up the threads. • pick up where
you have left off. • pick up where you contribute vb –A.
left off. • pick up. • plug away. • press add to. • aid and abet. • ante up. • be
on with. • press on. • press onward. • a factor in. • be conducive to. • be in-
proceed with. • push on with. • push strumental in. • be partly responsible
on. • return to. • roll on. • run on. • for. • bear a part in. • chip in (infml). •
soldier on with (infml). • start again. • come up with. • conduce to. • cough
stay with. • stick to your guns (infml). up. • dish out. • do your bit. • fork out.
• stick to. • stick with/at (infml). • • get in the act. • give a donation of. •
stick around. • take its time. • take give a donation. • give a subscription. •
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give away. • give rise to. • go Dutch. • case. • make out. • make pious. • make
hand out. • have a hand in. • help with realize. • make sb certain. • prevail on.
money. • kick in. • lead to. • make a • prevail upon. • propagate a belief. •
donation of. • make for. • minister to. prove to. • prove your point. • put
• oil the wheels of. • open the door for. across. • put into your head. • put over.
• pay towards. • pitch in (infml). • • put sb’s mind at rest. • remove doubt.
play a part in. • pony up (infml). • put • restore your faith. • ring true. • sell a
up. • settle upon. • shell out. • stump bill of goods. • sell an idea to. • sell on.
up. • set sb’s mind at rest. • spread the gos-
pel. • sway your belief. • talk round. •
control vb –AAA.
wean from. • win an argument. • win
be at the helm. • be in authority over.
over.
• be in charge of. • be in control of. •
be in the driver’s seat of. • be in the cook vb-AA.
driving seat (infml). • be in the saddle boil down. • cook over a slow fire. •
of. • be the boss (of) (infml). • call the cook up. • deep-fry. • double-fry (eggs).
shots (infml). • call the tune (infml). • • fry sunny side up. • go down. • go on.
check up on. • damp down. • have • interfere with. • knock up. • make up.
authority over. • have charge of. • have • pan-fry. • pot-roast. • prepare a meal.
power over. • have sb eating out of • pressure-cook. • put in the micro-
your hand (infml). • have sb in your wave. • put in the oven. • put together.
hip pocket (infml). • have sb/sth in the • rustle up. • shallow-fry. • spit-roast. •
palm of your hand (infml). • head up stir-fry. • take place. • tamper with.
(infml). • hold back. • hold sway over. cool vb –A.
• hold the purse strings (infml). • hold air-condition. • air-cool. • be a wet
down. • impose limits on. • keep a blanket. • be chilled to the bone. • be-
tight rein on. • keep a/the lid on come chilly. • become cold(er). • calm
(infml). • keep in check. • keep on a down. • compose yourself. • control
string. • preside over. • put the brakes yourself. • cool down. • cool off. • cool
on. • reign over. • rein in. • run the sb down. • damp down. • damp the
show (infml). • set limits on. • wear ardour. • die down. • freshen up. • lose
the trousers (infml). • whip hand. heat. • make cold(er). • pour cold wa-
convince vb –A. ter on. • pull yourself together. • quick-
argue into. • be sold on. • bring freeze. • recover your composure. • re-
around. • bring home to. • bring over. cover your self-control. • reduce the
• bring religion to. • bring round. • temperature of. • regain your compo-
bring to God. • bring to reason. • bring sure. • regain your self-control. • sim-
to the faith. • bring to your senses. • mer down. • sober up. • take the edge
carry conviction. • carry with you. • of. • throw cold water on.
cause to feel certain. • clinch an argu- cope vb –A.
ment. • come round to. • compel be- be able. • be active. • be equal. • bear
lief. • convince yourself. • cram down up. • carry on. • come through. • con-
your throat. • cram into your head. • tend with. • cope with. • deal with. •
din into. • dispel sb’s doubts. • gain dispose of. • do the needful. • fend for
over. • gain the confidence of. • gain yourself. • get along. • get by. • get on.
your confidence. • have the best of an • get through. • grapple with. • hack it
argument. • have the ear of. • lead to (infml). • hold your own. • hold your
believe. • make believe. • make cer- own. • keep the wolf from the door. •
tain. • make confident. • make out a
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keep your end up. • keep your head rifice of. • change hands for. • come to.
above water. • look after yourself. • • command a price of. • do disservice
make out (infml). • make the grade. • to. • estimate the cost of. • estimate the
muddle through. • paddle your own price of. • fix the price of. • go for. •
canoe (infml). • rise to the occasion. • have a price. • have its price. • involve
rub along (infml). • scrape by. • shift the expense of. • involve the loss of. •
for yourself. • stand on your own two involve the sacrifice of. • knock sb back
feet. • struggle with. • take care of. • (infml). • lead to the end of. • mount up
tussle with. • weather the storm. • to. • put a figure on. • put a price on.
wrestle with. • put a value on. • result in damage to.
• result in harm to. • sell at. • sell for.
copy vb –A. • set a value on. • set sb back (infml).
copy faithfully. • copy from. • copy out. • write down. • write up.
• follow suit. • follow the example of.
• infringe copyright. • infringe the count vb –AAA.
copyright of. • knock off. • make a fair (not) cut any ice (infml). • (not) have
copy. • make a photocopy of. • make any clout (infml). • (not) mean any-
copies. • reel off. • run off. • set up. • thing. • add (up). • add together. • al-
take a photocopy of. • type out. • write low for. • amount to anything. • bank
out. on (infml). • be a consideration. • be
important. • be influential. • be of ac-
correct vb –A. count. • be of consequence. • be signifi-
accommodate for. • blue-pencil. • cant. • believe in (infml). • carry
clean up (infml). • clear up. • compen- weight. • cast a long shadow. • cast up.
sate for. • counter-act. • deal with. • • consist of. • count noses. • count off.
do over. • do sth about. • fine-tune. • • count on/upon. • count out. • count
fix up. • give sb a lesson. • indicate up. • deem to be. • depend on (infml).
errors in. • iron out (infml). • make • enter into consideration. • figure up.
compensation for. • make conform. • • find the sum of. • foot up. • hold to
make corrections. • make good. • be. • keep a count of. • keep a record of.
make improvements. • make over. • • keep a tally of. • lean on (infml). •
make right. • make up for. • open the leave out (infml). • look on as. • look
eyes. • patch up (infml). • point out upon. • make an impression. • mean a
faults in. • put in order. • put in work- lot. • number among. • pass over
ing order. • put right. • put sb in their (infml). • pin your faith in (infml). • put
place. • put sb wise. • put straight. • your faith in (infml). • rate as. • reckon
remove errors. • remove the faults of. up. • rely on (infml). • see as. • sum up.
• see through the press. • see to. • set • swear by (infml). • take account of. •
right. • set straight. • set the record take for granted (infml). • take into ac-
straight. • set to rights. • show mis- count. • take into consideration. • take
takes in. • sort out. • teach sb a lesson. on trust (infml). • tot up. • view as. •
• touch up. work out.
cost vb –AAA. cover vb –AAA.
amount to. • be demanded. • be for act as deputy for. • act as stand-in. • act
sale at. • be given. • be going for. • be as substitute for. • act for. • act in place
marked at. • be needed. • be paid. • be of. • be a locum for. • be a substitute for.
priced at. • be received. • be valued • be cautious. • be dispersed. • be
(at). • be worth. • bear a price. • bring enough (for). • be high. • block out. •
in. • cause the loss of. • cause the sac- blot out. • board up. • bridge over. •
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broadcast details of. • cancel out. • crash vb –A.


commentate on. • compensate for. • bang into. • be closed (down). • be
cover (books). • cover a bet. • cover hurled. • be in collision with. • be liq-
up. • deal with. • decorate (a cake). • uidated. • be ruined. • be shut (down).
deputize for. • do a locum for. • do • be wound up. • become insolvent. •
duty for. • double for. • draw a bead bed down. • break down. • bump into.
on. • drown out. • extend over. • fill in • butt in on. • cannon into. • cave in. •
for. • fill sb’s shoes/boots (infml). • fill cease trading. • collide with. • come a
space. • fold up. • get under your belt. cropper (infml). • come into collision
• give an account of. • give an alibi to. with. • come uninvited to. • crack into/
• give details of. • go across. • have against. • crack up. • crash-land (an
enough money for. • have sb covered. aircraft). • crash the gate. • dash
• hold the fort (infml). • hush up. • against. • dash into. • dash to pieces. •
inquire into. • journey over/across. • drive into. • fall flat. • fall headlong. •
keep dark. • keep sb covered. • keep fall through the air. • fill the air. • fold
secret. • keep under cover. • lay (a (up). • give way. • go aground. • go
table). • lay over. • look into. • make bankrupt. • go belly up (infml). • go
a report. • make good. • make up for. broke (infml). • go bump. • go bust
• make up. • make your way across. • (infml). • go into a nosedive. • go into
muffle up. • paper over. • pass liquidation. • go into receivership. • go
through/over. • pay back. • pay for. • to bed. • go to the wall (infml). • go
pinch-hit for (infml). • place over. • under. • have an accident. • horn in on
place sth over. • place under cover. • (infml). • hurtle into. • intrude on/into.
place mat. • provide for. • provide in- • knock into. • land violently. • meet
surance for. • provide with an alibi. • head-on. • plough into. • precipitate
publish details of. • put a cover on. • yourself. • ring out. • run into. • run
put a lid on. • put behind you. • put on together. • shut down. • slam into. •
more clothes. • put on. • put out of slip into. • smack into. • smash into. •
sight. • put sth on top of. • put the lid sneak into. • sound loudly. • spin in. •
on. • range over. • refer to. • remove spiral down. • stay over. • take a
the traces. • report on. • roll up in. • nosedive. • write off (infml).
roof in. • seek safety. • send down like
create vb –AAA.
manna from heaven. • set off. • shrink-
be the cause of. • break out. • bring
wrap. • sit in for. • sprawl over. •
about. • bring into being. • bring into
spread like wildfire. • spread out. •
existence. • bring into the world. •
spread over. • spread thickly. • spread
bring to pass. • build up. • burst out. •
on. • stand in for. • step into the
call into being. • call into existence. •
breach. • stop sth being overheard. •
carry on. • cause to be. • cause to exist.
sub for (infml). • submit a report. •
• contribute to. • create a row. • fly into
substitute for. • sweep under the car-
a temper. • fly off the handle. • get an-
pet. • take in. • take over from. • take
gry. • get sth going. • get sth moving. •
sb’s place. • take stock of. • take the
get sth working. • give birth/life to. •
place of. • take the rap for (infml). •
give rise to. • go on the warpath. •
tell of. • tramp over. • travel over. •
grind out. • have an inspiration. • in-
unite with. • vacuum-pack. • veil the
stall as. • kick sth off (infml). • kick up
brightness. • wall in. • wall up. • wash
a stink. • knock off (infml). • knock to-
over. • wipe off the map. • wrap
gether (infml). • knock up (infml). • lay
around. • wrap up. • write an account
the foundations of. • lead a rebellion. •
of. • write up.
55 cry

lead to. • make a row. • make a scene. against. • move across. • pass across. •
• make an exhibition of yourself. • pass over. • pass through. • put up a
make up. • piece together. • result in. fight against. • quarrel with. • range
• set up. • sow the seeds of. • stage a over. • range through. • reach the other
revolt. • start a riot. • stir up. • turn side. • rest across. • run counter. • set
out. • whip up. your face against. • stand up to. • step
credit vb –A. over. • stretch across. • take a stand
allow credit. • assign to. • associate against. • take issue with. • tramp over.
with. • attribute to. • await payment. • travel over. • vault over. • wander
• be given the credit for. • be held re- over. • work against.
sponsible for. • be recognized as. • crowd vb –A.
carry over. • chalk up to. • chalk up. • come together. • crowd together. • el-
charge to an account. • charge to your bow your way. • fast-talk (infml). •
account. • charge to your budget ac- make smaller. • occupy all of. • pile in.
count. • connect with. • count on. • • push your way. • put the screws on
credit with. • credit your account. • (infml). • thrust forward.
defer payments. • depend on. • express
crown vb –A.
acknowledgments. • extend credit to. •
add the finishing touch(es). • ask for
fall for (infml). • forgo repayment. •
your autograph. • be a fitting climax to.
furnish credit. • give credence to. •
• be high. • be superior. • be the climax
give credit to. • give credit. • give due
of. • be the culmination of. • cap it all.
credit. • give faith to. • give full credit.
• crown all. • deck with flowers. • deck
• give sb a loan. • go for (infml). •
with laurels. • give a hero’s welcome. •
grant a loan. • grant claims. • have a
go into the lead. • go up top. • grant the
budget account with. • have confi-
palm. • hit on the head. • hit over the
dence in. • have faith in. • honour for.
head. • make complete. • make much
• impute to. • keep an account with. •
of. • pay your respects. • put on top. •
lay at the door of. • open an account.
put the finishing touch(es) to/on. •
• place to the credit of. • place to your
raise to the throne. • round off. • round
account. • place to your credit. • put
out. • set up. • stick one on sb. • swear
confidence in. • put down (to). • put
in. • take top place. • top off. • top out.
faith in. • put on the books. • rely on.
• run up a bill. • run up an account. • cry vb –AA.
sell on credit. • sell on tick. • set down. back out of. • be discontented. • be in
• stick sth on (infml). • take credit. • tears. • be loud. • beg off. • blaze
take sth as gospel (infml). abroad. • break down. • burst into
tears. • call out. • choke up. • cry as if
cross vb –AA.
your heart would break. • cry down. •
arch over. • argue with. • be at one
cry like a baby. • cry like a child. • cry
another’s throats. • be oblique. • criss-
off. • cry out. • cry your eyes out. • cry
cross. • cross out. • cross over. • cross
your heart out. • dissolve in tears. •
swords with. • cross under. • cross-
excuse yourself. • feel pain. • give
breed. • cross-fertilize. • cross-polli-
tongue. • give way to tears. • howl your
nate. • cut across. • extend across. •
eyes out. • pipe up. • raise a cry. • rap
extend over. • fly in the face of. • go
out. • run down. • shed tears. • shout
across. • go against. • go over. • ill-
from the rooftops (infml). • sing out. •
humoured. • ill-natured. • ill-tem-
sound faint. • take on. • turn on the
pered. • make a crossing. • make angu-
waterworks. • weep over. • withdraw
lar. • make your way across. • militate
from.
cup 56

cup vb –A. • slim (down). • sneak out. • stay


be concave. • cup your chin. away. • stiff-arm (infml). • stop work-
ing. • strike a ball. • switch off. • take
cut vb –AAA. apart. • take French leave. • take off. •
absent yourself. • be absent without tear to pieces. • tear to shreds. • treat
leave. • be absent. • be beastly to. • be rudely. • trim your prices. • turn off. •
designed. • be equipped. • be quali- turn your back on. • whittle away.
fied. • be right. • be rude. • be sharp.
...
• be suitable. • be suited. • bite into.
• bite through. • blue-pencil. • break
in. • break off. • bring to an end. •
bring to an untimely end. • bunk off. •
butt in (infml). • carve into. • carve up.
• chew up. • chip away. • chop down.
• chop up. • cold-shoulder. • come to
a stop. • cut a swathe. • cut across. •
cut apart. • cut away. • cut back on. •
cut back. • cut dead. • cut deep. • cut
down on. • cut down. • cut into. • cut
off. • cut open. • cut out. • cut round.
• cut sb’s finger. • cut sb’s throat. • cut
short. • cut the Gordian knot. • cut the
knot. • cut through. • cut to the bone.
• cut to the quick. • cut up. • divide
up. • do away with. • ease up on. •
economize on. • edit out. • find fault
with. • freeze out (infml). • give pain.
• give sb the brush (infml). • give sb
the brush-off (infml). • give sb the
bum’s rush (infml). • give sb the cold
shoulder. • give sb the go-by (infml). •
give the cold shoulder to. • hack down.
• hew down. • hurt sb’s feelings. • hurt
wound. • lay down (infml). • leave
out. • leave unfinished. • look right
through. • lop off. • lower your
charges. • make a record. • make a
recording (on). • make a recording of.
• make a tape of. • make an incision.
• make mincemeat of. • make smaller.
• make unhappy. • mark down. • move
across. • move fast. • mow down. •
pare down. • pass through. • play tru-
ant/hooky. • pretend not to see. • put
a low price on. • put an end to. • put
down. • put on disc. • put on tape. •
rough-hew. • saw down. • saw
through. • send to Coventry. • shave
off. • shut off. • sit on. • slice through.
57 debate

D back to. • go out/around with. • go


steady with (infml). • go together. • go
with. • go with. • goes back to. • has
existed since. • have its origin. • indi-
damage vb-AA.
cate the sequence. • keep an engage-
bang up. • do damage to. • do mischief
ment with. • keep company. • make a
to. • gum up. • knock down. • lay
date. • make engagements. • mark the
waste. • make inoperative. • make in-
time of. • mark with a date. • originate
sufficient. • mess up. • not improve. •
in. • pass out of use. • put a date on. •
play havoc with. • put to shame. •
put a date to. • settle on a date for. •
tamper with. • tell against. • water-
show its age. • take out. • take up with.
soak. • wear away. • wear out. • wreak
• track square with (infml). • was built
havoc on.
in. • was created in. • was made in.
dance vb –AA.
deal vb –AAA.
be cheerful. • be excited. • be in mo-
act towards. • appertain to. • attend to.
tion. • be joyful. • bob up and down. •
• be about. • be concerned in. • be con-
champ the bit. • cut a rug (infml). •
cerned with trading. • be concerned
dance for joy. • execute dance steps. •
with. • be engaged in trading. • be en-
execute the figures of. • foot it (infml).
gaged in. • behave towards. • buy and
• get down (infml). • go dancing. •
sell. • come to grips with. • concern it-
hoof it (infml). • jig about. • jig
self with. • conduct yourself towards. •
around. • jig up and down. • join the
conduct yourself. • cope with. • deal
dance. • jump about. • jump for joy. •
out. • dish out. • divide out. • divide
leap for joy. • move to music. • paw the
up. • divvy up (infml). • do business
ground. • perform the steps of. • shake
(in). • dole out. • drive a bargain. • get
a leg (infml). • shout for joy. • shuffle
to grips with. • give out. • go into. •
the feet. • sing for joy. • step it (infml).
hand out. • have for sale. • have to do
• sway to music. • tread a measure. •
with. • measure out. • mete out. • of-
tread lightly. • trip the light fantastic
fer for sale. • parcel out. • pass out. •
(infml).
pass round. • pertain to. • portion out.
date vb –AA. • see to. • share out. • sort out. • take
affix a date to. • ascertain the age of. • care of. • take charge of. • take in hand.
ascertain the date/time of. • assign a • take measures. • take on. • trade in.
date to. • assign a time to. • associate • traffic in. • treat of. • weigh up.
with. • be built in. • be dated. • be
debate vb –A.
involved with. • be romantically linked
argue about. • argue the pros and cons
with. • be sociable. • bear a date. •
of. • bandy words concerning. • bandy
bear the date of. • become dated. •
words. • bat about (infml). • bat
become obsolete. • become old-fash-
around. • be irresolute. • chew over. •
ioned. • become outmoded. • belong
chew the fat. • confer about. • contend
to a period. • belong to. • came into
over. • cross verbal swords. • engage in
being in. • come from. • consort with.
oral discussion. • enquire into. • ex-
• date back to. • date from. • date-
change views about. • exchange views
stamp. • determine the age of. • deter-
on. • give some thought to. • hash over.
mine the date of. • establish the age of.
• kick about (infml). • kick around
• establish the date of. • exist from. •
(infml). • mull over. • pore on. • puzzle
fix the date of. • fix the period of. • fix
over. • talk about. • talk over. • talk
the time. • furnish with a date. • go
through. • think about. • think over. •
decide 58

thrash out. • turn over in your mind. • off (infml). • give sth a miss (infml). •
weigh the pros and cons. • weigh up. • give the red light (to) (infml). • give the
wonder about. • wrangle over. thumbs down to. • go down in the
world. • go down the toilet (infml). • go
decide vb –AAA.
down the tubes (infml). • go downhill.
argue the pros and cons of. • bat
• go into a nose dive. • go into a tailspin
around. • bring to a conclusion. • chew
(infml). • go to pot (infml). • go to rack
the fat. • come to a conclusion. • come
and ruin. • go to the dogs (infml). • go
to a decision. • commit yourself. •
to the pack (infml). • go down. • grow
cross verbal swords. • engage in oral
smaller. • have trouble. • hit the skids
discussion. • figure out (infml). • give
(infml). • knock back (infml). • look
a verdict (on). • hash over. • have in
down your nose at. • pass up. • peter
mind. • have the intention. • make a
out. • refuse to take advantage of. • say
decision. • make a judgement on. •
‘no’. • send (your) regrets. • shake your
make a ruling (on). • make up your
head. • slack down/off/up. • slant
mind. • pass judgement (on). • pro-
down. • slope down. • tail off. • take a
nounce judgement (on). • pronounce
header (infml). • take a nosedive. •
on. • puzzle over. • reach a conclusion.
taper off. • turn down. • turn your back
• reach a decision. • reach to a deci-
on. • wear off.
sion. • rule on. • set your sights on. •
settle on a plan of action. • sit in judge- defeat vb –A.
ment on. • sort out (infml). • tip the achieve victory. • be all Greek to. • be
balance. defeated. • be superior. • be too good
for. • be too much for. • beat all comers.
declare vb –AA.
• beat down. • beat hollow. • beat the
attest to sb’s being. • be open about. •
pants off of. • beat the socks off of. •
be positive. • blazon abroad. • bring
beat up. • blow out of the water. • blow
forward. • bring into the open. • cer-
out. • boggle the mind. • bowl out. •
tify to sb’s being. • come out with. •
bring sb to their knees. • carry the day.
confirm as. • give out. • give vent to.
• cast down. • chew up. • clean up on.
• go on record. • issue a statement. •
• cook your goose. • cut the ground
lay down the law. • make a formal an-
from under your feet. • defeat easily. •
nouncement. • make a statement. •
defeat the enemy. • do for. • down your
make known. • make out (infml). •
opponent. • drive off. • drive to the
noise abroad. • prove to be. • put for-
wall. • edge out. • finish off. • get the
ward. • reveal as. • say so. • set forth.
best of. • get the better of. • get the
• shout from the rooftops (infml). •
upper hand. • get the whip hand. • give
state emphatically. • talk about. • tes-
a drubbing. • give a setback to. • give
tify to. • utter with conviction. • vali-
sb a drubbing. • give sb a hiding. • give
date as.
the coup de gráce to. • give the thumbs
decline vb –AA. down (infml). • give up. • hang a win
abstain (from). • be abandoned. • be on. • have by the short hairs. • hit for
disregarded. • be forgotten. • be ne- six. • knock for six. • knock into a
glected. • beg to be excused. • brush cocked hat. • knock out. • knock spots
aside. • come down. • crack up. • deny off. • knock the stuffing out of. • lay by
yourself. • die down. • drop off. • fade the heels. • lay low. • leave behind. •
away. • fall from grace. • fall off. • fall make mincemeat out of (infml). • mop
away. • get less. • get smaller. • get the floor with. • mop up. • mow down.
worse. • get along. • give sb the brush- • nip in the bud (infml). • nose out. •
59 delay

prevail over. • put a stop to. • put an • speak for. • speak in support of. •
end to. • put another’s nose out of speak on behalf of. • speak up for. •
joint. • put down. • put out for the stand by. • stand firm. • stand in front.
count. • put out of court. • put paid to • stand on the defensive. • stand surety
(infml). • put the kibosh on (infml). • for. • stand up for. • stave off. • stick up
put the lid on. • put the mockers on for (infml). • stop the gap. • sustain a
(infml). • put the stopper on (infml). • mortar attack. • take evasive action. •
put to flight. • reduce to silence. • roll take in. • take up arms for. • take up the
back. • roll in the dust. • run hard. • case. • take up the cause of. • take up
run rings round/around (infml). • run the cudgels for. • take up. • take your
roughshod over. • scatter to the winds. part. • throw your weight behind
• send to the bottom. • settle your (infml). • wage war. • ward off. • watch
hash. • shut out. • sit on. • skin alive. over.
• skittle out. • snow under. • split up. define vb –A.
• take the wind out of your sails. • take determine the boundaries of. • express
to the cleaners. • throw out. • trample in words. • fence in. • find out. • fix the
in the dust. • trample underfoot. • limits of. • give the meaning of. • hedge
trample upon. • triumph over. • turn in. • make clear. • mark off. • mark out.
down. • turn inside out. • walk all over. • mark the limits of. • put into words.
• win a victory over. • win against. • • render precise. • set bounds to. • set
win the battle. • wipe out. • wipe the out. • set the boundaries of. • set the
floor with (infml). limits of. • spell out. • stake out. • state
defend vb –AA. precisely. • wall in.
act on the defensive. • apologize for. • delay vb –A.
argue for. • back up. • be a partisan of. arrest temporarily. • be dilatory. • be
• be on the side of. • be respondent. • inert. • be slow. • beat about the bush.
be the defender of. • bear sb out. • beat • bide your time. • bog down. • buy
off. • break a lance for. • care for. • time. • dilly-dally (infml). • drag your
clothe in armour. • come to the defence heels (infml). • drag your feet (infml).
of. • come to the rescue. • contend for. • fall behind. • gain time. • hang back.
• cover up for. • dig in. • espouse the • hang fire. • hang up. • hold back. •
cause of. • fence round. • fend off. • hold everything. • hold in abeyance. •
fight for. • give an air umbrella. • give hold in check. • hold off. • hold over. •
an apologia for. • give reasons for. • hold up/back. • hold your horses. •
give the rationale behind. • go bail for. impede the progress of. • interfere with.
• go to bat for. • guard against. • have • keep back. • lag behind. • lay aside.
the right of reply. • hold a brief for. • • lay by. • lay on the table. • lay over.
hold at bay. • keep at bay. • keep from • let the grass grow under your feet
harm. • keep off. • keep safe. • look (infml). • make late. • mark time. • not
after. • make a case for. • make excuses keep pace. • play for time. • push aside.
for. • make ready. • man the breach. • • put in cold storage. • put off. • put on
man the defences. • plead for. • plead ice. • put on the back burner (infml). •
your cause. • prove a case. • provide put over. • set back. • slow down. •
air cover for. • provide sanctuary. • slow up. • stand off. • stave off. • take
provide with arms. • put in a good a rain check on (infml). • take your
word for. • rally to. • repel danger time. • throw a spanner in the works. •
from. • resist invasion. • say a good tie up. • waste time.
word for. • say in defence. • side with.
deliver 60

deliver vb –AA. deny outright. • disagree with. • dissent


bail out. • be brought to bed of. • be from. • give the brush-off to (infml). •
delivered of. • be rid of. • be the salva- give the lie to. • give the red light to
tion of. • bring back. • bring forth. • (infml). • give the thumbs down to
bring in. • bring into the world. • buy (infml). • give up. • knock back (infml).
back. • buy off. • carry out. • carry • not admit. • not buy. • refuse to ac-
through. • come across (infml). • come knowledge. • say “no’’ to. • shoot down
through. • come to the help of. • come (in flames). • shoot full of holes. • take
to the rescue. • come up with. • deliver back. • take exception to. • turn away.
the goods. • deliver yourself. • dis- • turn down. • turn your back on. •
pense from. • fire off. • get rid of. • get wash your hands of.
sb off. • get sb out of. • give birth to. depend vb –AA.
• give delivery. • give forth. • give out. bank on. • be a possibility. • be based
• give up. • give voice to. • give over. on. • be conditional on. • be contingent
• hand in. • hand over. • hand out. • on/upon. • be controlled by. • be de-
help out. • let sb off. • live up to. • cided by. • be dependent on. • be deter-
make deliveries. • make good. • make mined by. • be inferior. • be influenced
over. • meet expectations. • pass to. • by. • be inseparable. • be possible. • be
rid yourself. • save alive. • save by the resultant from. • be subject to. • be sub-
bell. • save from. • save your skin. • ordinate to. • be supported by. • be sure
save yourself. • send help to. • send in. of. • be sustained by. • be unable to
• set at large. • set at liberty. • set manage without. • be uncertain. • be-
forth. • set free. • set loose. • sign over. lieve in. • calculate on. • centre on. •
• snatch from the jaws of death. • take cling to. • count on. • depend on. • fol-
round. • throw a lifeline. • turn over. low as night follows day. • go hand in
• unload on. hand with. • hang on/upon. • have (ev-
demand vb –AAA. ery) confidence in. • have faith in. •
ask a price. • ask for. • bay for. • call hinge on. • lean on. • pin your hope on.
for. • call on to. • clamour for. • com- • pivot on. • place reliance on. • put
mand to. • cry out for. • demand pay- your faith in. • put your trust in. •
ment. • demand with menaces. • de- reckon on. • relate to. • rely on/upon.
mand with threats. • enjoin to. • give • rest on. • revolve around. • swear by.
final notice. • give terms. • hold out • take sb at their word. • trust in. • turn
for. • insist on. • issue a final warning. on. • turn to.
• lay claim to. • look for. • make a describe vb –AAA.
claim for. • make a condition of. • bring to life. • comment on. • conjure
make claims upon. • make demands up. • construct a plot. • convey a verbal
on. • order to. • order up. • present an image of. • give a description of. • give
ultimatum. • present your claim. • a rundown of. • give an account of. •
press for. • press for. • pull rank. • give an account. • give the details of. •
push for. • send a final demand. • tell give the dope on. • make a story out of.
to. • urge to. • make clear. • make sb see. • make
deny vb –AA. sense of. • make vivid. • mark out. •
assert the negative of. • back-pedal. • paint a word picture of. • paint in
be contrary. • call sb a liar. • cast aside. words. • pin down. • put into a novel.
• cast off. • contradict absolutely. • de- • put into words. • relive the past. •
clare not to be true. • deny flatly. • represent in words. • set out. • spin a
yarn. • tell a story. • tell of. • tell vividly.
61 destroy

• unfold a tale. • write about. • write ambition. • pant for. • pant to. • pine
books. • write history. • write up. after. • pine for. • plan for. • pray for. •
prefer an appeal. • promise yourself. •
design vb –AAA.
propose to yourself. • raise your eyes to.
aim at. • block out. • chalk out. • come
• raven for. • ring for. • run after. • set
up with. • draw plans of. • draw up. •
your cap at. • set your heart on. • set
dream up (infml). • drive at. • lay
your mind on. • set your sights on. •
plans (for). • make a plan. • make fit-
sigh after. • take a fancy to. • take to. •
ting. • make up. • map out. • plan for.
talk of. • think of. • think sb deserves.
• rough out. • set apart. • sketch out.
• thirst for. • trouble sb for. • want a lot.
• think up.
• warm to. • wash for. • whistle for. •
desire vb –A. wish for another. • wish for yourself. •
ache for. • act foolishly. • aim at. • aim wish for. • wish ill. • wish in vain. •
high. • angle for. • ask a boon. • ask a wish on. • wish otherwise. • wish sb
favour. • ask for. • aspire to. • be after. well. • yearn for. • yearn to. • yen for
• be attracted to. • be bent on. • be (infml).
captivated by. • be desperate for. • be
destroy vb –AA.
dying for. • be glad of. • be homesick.
balls up. • be cast away. • be destruc-
• be in love. • be infatuated by. • be
tive. • be pitiless. • be the ruin of. • be
infatuated with. • be on heat. • be
your undoing. • beat hollow. • blot out.
turned on by. • be unsatisfied. • be
• blow a hole in (infml). • blow sky-
wild/mad about (infml). • be willing. •
high. • blow to bits. • blow to pieces. •
beg a favour. • burn for. • can’t wait. •
blow up. • break down. • break to
care for. • care to. • carry a torch for.
pieces. • break up. • bring to an end. •
• catch at. • clamour for. • clutch at. •
bring to naught. • bring to ruin. • bug-
cry for the moon. • cry out for. • desire
ger up. • burn to the ground. • burn up.
the presence of. • die for. • die to. •
• cast down. • cause the downfall of. •
dote on. • dream of. • eat your heart
commit genocide. • cook sb’s goose. •
out. • fall in love with. • feel like. •
cook your goose. • cross out. • defeat
feel the lack of. • fish for. • gasp for. •
utterly. • demolish your arguments. •
go for (infml). • grasp at. • hanker af-
deprive of form. • dispose of. • do away
ter. • hanker for. • have a crush on
with. • do for. • do in. • drive a coach
(infml). • have a fancy for. • have a lik-
and horses through. • finish off. • flat-
ing. • have a mind to. • have a need
ten out. • foul up. • fuck up. • get rid
for. • have a request to make. • have a
of. • give sb a drubbing. • give sb a past-
taste for. • have a yen for (infml). •
ing. • kill off. • knock down. • knock
have an eye on. • have at heart. • have
out. • knock the bottom out of. • knock
designs on. • have hot pants for. • have
to pieces. • lay in ruins. • lay waste. •
the hots (for) (infml). • hope for. •
leave no survivor. • louse up (infml). •
hunger for. • itch for. • jump at. • lean
make a hash of (infml). • make a mess
towards. • lech after (infml). • lech
of. • make away with. • make mince-
over (infml). • long for. • long to
meat of. • make short work of. • mess
change places with. • look for. • look
up (infml). • muck up (infml). • nip in
forward to. • look with passion on. •
the bud. • play havoc with. • play hell
lust after. • lust for. • make a dead set
with. • play the deuce with. • pluck up
at. • make a request. • make a wish. •
by the roots. • pull down. • pull to
make bold to ask. • make eyes at. •
pieces. • put a damper on. • put a stop
make passes. • moon after. • must have
to. • put an end to. • put away. • put
(for yourself). • need badly. • nurse an
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down. • put paid to (infml). • put the get on well. • give an account of. • go
kibosh on. • put the lid on (infml). • down with. • go great guns (infml). •
put the skids under. • put to sleep. • go into detail. • go into. • improve on/
raze (to the ground). • render few. • upon. • make headway. • make known.
root out. • root up. • rub out. • run • mark out a course. • pick up. • set in
aground. • run rings around. • scratch motion. • shape a course. • shape up. •
out. • screw up (infml). • seal the succumb to. • take ill with (infml). •
doom of. • self-destruct. • send to the take sick with (infml). • take on. • work
gas chamber. • shoot full of holes. • out.
snuff out. • spare none. • split up. •
die vb –AAA.
stamp out. • stave in. • strike out. •
answer the last call. • be at an end. • be
swallow up. • sweep away. • sweep
dead. • be desperate. • be dim. • be
over. • take apart. • take out (infml). •
done for. • be eager. • be gathered to
take to the cleaners. • tear apart. • tear
your fathers. • be gone. • be heard of no
down. • tear limb from limb. • tear to
more. • be in love. • be lost. • be no
pieces. • tear to shreds. • tear to tat-
more. • be null and void. • be num-
ters. • tear up. • tell against. • throw
bered with the dead. • be on more. • be
a spanner in the works of (infml). •
over. • be overcome with. • be over-
throw down. • turn inside out. • upset
powered by. • be overwhelmed by. • be
sb’s apple cart. • weed out. • win a re-
past. • be six feet under (infml). • be
sounding victory over. • wipe off the
taken. • be unseen. • be very eager. •
face of the earth. • wipe off the map. •
be very keen. • become extinct. • be-
wipe out. • wipe the floor with. •
come invisible. • become one with na-
wreak havoc on. • wrench apart.
ture. • bite the big one (infml). • bite
detail vb –A. the bullet. • bite the dust (infml). •
assign a duty. • assign a place. • be dif- blow over. • break down. • breathe your
fuse. • be specific about. • cite chapter last. • breathe your last. • burn out. •
and verse. • draw up. • enlarge upon. buy it (infml). • buy the farm. • cash in
• enter into. • get down to cases. • give your chips (infml). • cash in. • catch
an account of. • go into detail. • go your death. • cease respiration. • cease
into the particulars. • impose a duty. • to be. • cease to exist. • cease to func-
mark down. • mark out. • point out. • tion. • cease to live. • check out (infml).
saddle with. • send away. • set forth. • • close your eyes. • collapse with. •
set out. • specify the particulars of. • come to a violent end. • come to an end.
spell out. • tell off. • come to naught. • come to nothing. •
commit suicide. • conk out. • cop it. •
develop vb –AAA.
cross the great divide. • cross the Styx.
account for. • add to. • be a direct re-
• depart this life. • die a natural death.
sult of. • be born. • be stricken with. •
• die down. • die in bed. • die in your
be struck down with. • be successful. •
sleep. • die of /for love. • die off. • die
be taken ill with. • become infected
out. • die young. • draw your last
with. • begin to have. • blurt out. •
breath. • drop dead. • end your days. •
break out. • bring out. • build on. •
end your earthly career. • end your life.
build up. • burst out. • come about. •
• fade away. • fall away. • fizzle out. •
come down with. • come forth. • come
give out. • give up the ghost (infml). •
into being. • come into existence. •
go belly up. • go bung (infml). • go
come on. • crop up. • embark on. •
kaput (infml). • go phut (infml). • go
enlarge on/upon. • expand upon. • fall
the way of all flesh. • go the way of the
ill with. • fill in. • fill out. • fix up. •
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dinosaurs (infml). • go the way of the the helm. • hold the portfolio. • hold
flesh. • go to glory. • go to meet your the purse strings. • hold the reins. •
maker. • go to your last home. • go to hold the tiller. • hold office. • indicate
your last resting place. • go to your last the way. • intend for. • lead on. • lead
resting-place. • go up. • go west. • over. • lead the dance. • lead through.
hand in your dinner pail (infml). • have • level at. • make conform. • mean for.
a yen (infml). • have had your chips. • • open the ball. • orient towards. • pit
have no life. • hop the twig/stick to/towards. • play a leading part. • play
(infml). • join the angels. • keel over. a leading role. • play a part. • point at.
• kick in. • kick off. • kick the bucket • point in the direction of. • point the
(infml). • lay down your life. • leave way. • point to. • preside over. • pull
not a trace behind. • lie dead. • lie in the strings. • put on the right track. •
the grave. • lose active qualities. • lose put on the stage. • run the show (infml).
power. • lose your life. • meet your • send round instructions. • show the
death. • meet your end. • meet your way. • stage-manage. • steer for. • tai-
Maker. • melt away. • not act. • pack lor to. • take the chair. • take the helm.
up (infml). • pass away. • pass on. • • train on. • turn on. • wear the trou-
peg out. • peter out. • pop off. • pop sers.
your clogs (infml). • push up the dai-
disappear vb –A.
sies (infml). • reach a better world. •
absent yourself. • be absent. • be con-
relinquish life. • rest in peace. • return
sumed. • be dim. • be dispelled. • be
to dust. • return to the earth. • ring
dispersed. • be eradicated. • be forgot-
down the curtain. • run down. • run
ten. • be gone. • be impotent. • be in
low. • set your heart on. • shuffle off
hiding. • be left behind. • be lost to
this mortal coil (infml). • sleep your
view/sight. • be lost. • be mislaid. • be
last sleep. • slide into oblivion. • snuff
no more. • be stealthy. • be stolen. • be
it (infml). • stop breathing. • stop
swallowed up. • be taken. • be tran-
working. • succumb to. • suffer death.
sient. • be unseen. • become extinct. •
• turn to dust. • turn up (infml). • turn
become imperceptible. • cease to be
up your toes (infml). • wear away.
known. • cease to be seen. • cease to be
direct vb –AAA. visible. • cease to be/exist. • come to an
address to. • address yourself. • aim at. end. • come to naught. • cover your
• assume command. • assume respon- tracks. • die away. • die out. • do a dis-
sibility. • be at the helm of. • be in appearing act. • do the vanishing trick.
charge of. • be in command of. • be in • drop out of sight. • dwindle to vanish-
control of. • be in the chair. • be in the ing point. • end gradually. • fade away.
driving seat. • be in the saddle. • be • fade from view. • fade out. • fail to
responsible for. • be the boss of (infml). appear. • fall away. • fizzle out. • get
• call on. • call the shots (infml). • call away. • get lost. • go AWOL. • go by the
the tune. • come first command. • de- board. • go missing. • go off the stage.
sign for. • destine for. • do a play. • • go underground. • go up in a puff of
exercise control over. • fix on. • focus smoke. • hide out. • lay low. • leave no
on. • give a directive. • give directions trace. • lie low. • lose colour. • make a
to. • give orders to. • have a role. • moonlight flit. • make disappear. •
have charge of. • have in your charge. make your getaway. • melt away. • melt
• have overall responsibility. • have into thin air. • move out of sight. • pass
responsibility. • head up. • hold a re- away. • pass from sight. • pass into
sponsible position. • hold office. • hold oblivion. • pass out of sight. • pass out
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of the picture. • pass out. • peter out. happen on. • have it. • hear about. •
• play truant. • recede from view. • hear of. • hit it. • hit on. • hit upon. •
recede into the distance. • retire from lay open. • lay your hands on. • light
sight. • retire from view. • run away. • on/upon. • look up. • make certain. •
seclude yourself. • sink from view. • make out. • meet with. • nose out. •
sink into the earth. • sink without open up. • open your eyes. • pass by. •
trace. • slacken off. • suffer an eclipse. pick up. • pitch upon. • put your finger
• take French leave. • take to the hills. on. • put your hands on. • root out. •
• undergo eclipse. • vanish from sight. run across. • run down. • run to earth.
• vanish into thin air. • vanish off the • run to ground. • scent out. • see as it
face of the earth. • wear away. • wear really is. • see in its true colours. • see
off. the light. • see the truth. • see the
discipline vb –A. world. • smell out. • smoke out. • sniff
be severe. • break in. • bring into line. out. • strike upon. • stumble on/upon.
• bring to book. • bring under control. • suss out (infml). • think of. • think
• bring up. • dress down (infml). • out. • think up. • track down. • tumble
exert authority. • give sb a dressing- to. • turn up. • work out. • worm out.
down (infml). • give sb a lesson. • give discuss vb –AA.
sb a roasting (infml). • give sb a rocket air your views. • argue for and against.
(infml). • keep a tight rein on. • keep • bandy words. • bat about (infml). •
in check. • keep in line. • keep under bat around. • bring in question. • chat
control. • lay down the law to sb. • put about. • chew the fat. • chew the rag.
on the carpet (infml). • put on the mat • comment upon. • compare notes. •
(infml). • put your foot down. • rap concern itself with. • confer about. •
over the knuckles (infml). • rein in. • converse about. • deal with. • decide on
remonstrate with. • take disciplinary a course of action. • deliberate about. •
action against. • teach sb a lesson. discourse on. • engage in conversation.
discover vb –AA. • examine by argument. • exchange
arrive at. • awake to. • be informed. • observations. • exchange opinions. •
be the forerunner of. • be told by a exchange views (on/about). • go into a
little bird. • become aware of. • be- huddle. • go into. • hash out. • hash
come conscious of. • blaze the trail. • over. • have a bull session. • have a con-
blunder upon. • bring out. • bring to ference on. • have a talk with. • have a
light. • bump into. • catch a glimpse of. word with. • have an exchange of
• chance on. • chance upon. • clear the views. • have it out. • hold forth. • kick
way. • come across/upon. • come be- about (infml). • kick around (infml). •
fore. • come by. • come on. • come to knock around. • look over. • put heads
know. • come up with. • conceive of. • together. • put your heads together
dig out. • dig up (infml). • dope out about. • reason with. • set out. • speak
(infml). • dredge up. • fall on/upon. • of. • speak on. • take into consider-
fathom out. • ferret out. • figure out ation. • take up in conference. • take
(infml). • find a clue. • find a way. • up. • talk about. • talk of. • talk out. •
find out once and for all. • find out. • talk over. • talk through. • talk with. •
fish up. • gain knowledge of. • get telephone about. • think over. • thrash
wind of the fact (infml). • get wind of. out. • toss around. • weigh up the pros
• get wise to (infml). • get wise to the and cons. • weigh up. • write about.
fact. • get your hands on. • go display vb –AA.
globetrotting. • go on a world cruise. • bring to view. • call attention to. • draw
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attention to. • expose to view. • give add up. • adopt a measure. • answer
away. • give publicity to. • hang out. • the purpose. • be able. • be acceptable.
lay bare. • lay out. • make clear. • • be active in. • be active. • be addicted
make known. • make public. • open to to. • be adequate. • be better than noth-
view. • open up. • put on show. • put ing. • be employed at. • be engaged in.
on view. • put out. • put your cards on • be enough. • be good enough. • be in
the table. • set forth. • set out. • show action. • be in charge of. • be instru-
evidence of. • show off. • spread out. mental. • be involved in. • be of use. •
• take the wraps off. be responsible for. • be satisfactory. • be
successful. • be sufficient. • be taught.
dispute vb –A.
• be up to snuff. • bear yourself. • bring
argue about. • bandy words. • call into
about. • bump off (infml). • busy your-
question. • cross swords. • disagree
self. • carry on. • carry yourself. • carry
with. • dispute with. • fall out (infml).
out to the letter. • carry out. • carry
• go at it hammer and tongs. • have a
through. • chalk up (infml). • cheat out
disagreement. • have a spat (infml). •
of. • comport yourself. • conduct your-
have a tiff (infml). • have an alterca-
self. • cut the mustard. • deal in. • deal
tion. • have words (infml). • lock
with. • deck out. • deport yourself. • do
horns. • object to. • protest against. •
up (infml). • do your duty. • do your
quibble over. • take issue with. • try
stuff. • drive at. • earn a living at. •
conclusions with.
employ yourself. • exert yourself. • fig-
divide vb –AA. ure out. • fill the bill. • fit the bill. • get
branch off. • break apart. • break away. along. • get by. • get going. • get in on
• break down. • break up. • carve up. the act. • get mixed up in. • get on
• cause disagreement among. • cause with. • get on. • get ready. • get under
disagreement between. • cause to dis- your belt. • give satisfaction. • go at. •
agree. • chop up. • come between. • have a finger in. • have a hand in. •
commit schism. • count off. • cut off. • have as a job. • have as a profession. •
cut up. • deal out. • dish out (infml). have as an occupation. • have on your
• divide up. • divvy up (infml). • dole plate. • have to do with. • journey over.
out. • draw apart. • drive a wedge be- • knock off (infml). • knock together
tween. • drive apart. • fence off. • (infml). • knock up (infml). • lift a fin-
form a splinter group. • go in different ger. • look after. • look around/round.
directions. • go separate ways. • hand • make out. • make the grade. • mea-
out. • hive off. • keep apart. • make sure up. • meet the needs. • meet your
quarrels. • measure out. • mete out. • needs. • notch up (infml). • participate
parcel out. • pit against one another. • in. • pass muster. • pass over. • pass the
portion out. • pull away. • pull to test. • perform in. • play a part in. •
pieces. • put in order. • ration out. • play about. • play in. • pull a fast. • pull
screen off. • section off. • set against off. • put behind you. • put on. • puzzle
one another. • set at odds. • set at vari- out. • range over. • see to. • serve the
ance. • share out. • slice up. • sort out. purpose. • sightsee in. • strike a blow
• sow dissension among. • space out. for. • suit down to the ground. •
• split in two. • split off. • split up. • swindle out of. • take a course in. • take
stand between. • tear apart. • tear action. • take advantage of. • take care
asunder. • tear limb from limb. • weigh of. • take classes in. • take in the sights
out. of. • take on. • take part in. • take sb
do vb –AAA. for a ride (infml). • take steps. • take
acquit yourself. • act in. • act upon. • up. • tire out. • tot up. • travel at. •
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travel over. • trick out of. • trick out. • • entertain doubts about. • entertain
turn out. • use tactics. • wear out. • suspicions. • feel apprehensive about. •
work at. • work out. feel uncertain. • feel uneasy about. •
give no credence to. • greet with scep-
document vb –A.
ticism. • half-believe. • half glimpse. •
back up. • commit to paper. • give cre-
harbour suspicions (about). • have
dence. • give weight to. • place on
(your) doubts about. • have fears. •
record. • produce the evidence. • pro-
have misgivings (about). • have no con-
vide documentation. • put on record. •
ception. • have qualms. • have ques-
put the evidence. • set down in black
tions. • have reservations (about). •
and white. • set down in writing. • set
have scruples. • have suspicions about.
down. • take down. • write about. •
• have your doubts. • hesitate to accept.
write down.
• hesitate to believe. • hold back. • hold
double vb –A. in doubt. • hold questionable. • lack
act as deputy. • act as stand-in for. • act confidence in. • lack conviction. • not
as substitute for. • act for. • act in place believe. • not buy. • not go all the way
of. • act two roles/parts. • be a locum with sb. • not know what to make of. •
for. • be a substitute (for). • be an un- not know which way to turn. • not
derstudy. • bend back. • bend over. • know. • not trust. • object to. • put no
bump up. • cover for. • deputize for. • stock in. • raise a question. • read
do a locum for. • do duty for. • double somewhat differently. • refuse to be-
back. • fill in for. • fill sb’s shoes/boots lieve. • scent a fallacy. • scent a rival. •
(infml). • fold (back/under). • fold set no store by. • shy at. • sit on the
(up/down). • fold over. • go up. • have fence (infml). • smell a rat. • stick at. •
a dual purpose. • have a dual role. • stop and consider. • stop to consider. •
hold the fort. • increase twofold. • take a dim view of. • take leave to
make twice as much. • move fast. • doubt. • take no stock in. • take with a
multiply by two. • pinch-hit for (infml). pinch of salt. • think sth unlikely. • treat
• serve a dual purpose. • sit in for. • with reserve.
stand in for. • stand in. • step into the
breach. • sub for (infml). • substitute
draw vb –AAA.
accept from. • back on. • be carried. •
for. • take over from. • take the place
be equal. • be in receipt of. • be paid.
of. • tuck up /down. • turn back/un-
• be quicker than another. • beat to the
der. • turn over.
draw. • breathe in. • bring out. • bring
doubt vb –A. together. • catch fire. • catch hold of. •
be ambivalent. • be apprehensive of. • catch the eye of. • cause desire. • come
be curious. • be divided. • be doubtful. to a halt/stop. • cut for aces. • cut
• be dubious. • be hesitant. • be in a straws. • do a portrait. • do drawings.
quandary. • be in two minds. • be ir- • drag down. • drag out. • draw a con-
resolute. • be nervous. • be of two clusion. • draw back. • draw in. • draw
minds. • be puzzled. • be sceptical lots. • draw out. • draw to. • excite
(of). • be shy of. • be suspicious of. • love. • fish out. • fling open. • have
be tentative. • be uncertain. • be unde- draught. • have recourse to. • induce to
cided. • be unsure. • be unwilling. • talk. • make a choice of. • make a dia-
call in question. • call into question. • gram (of). • make a draught. • make a
cast doubt on. • cast doubt upon. • drawing of. • make a move. • make a
cherish doubts. • cherish scruples. • picture of. • make drawings. • make it.
doubt the truth of. • doubt your word. • make pictures. • make thin. • make
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use of. • make your way. • map out. • bundle up. • change (your clothes). •
mark out. • paint a picture. • paint clothe yourself. • deck out. • disguise
design. • pluck at. • pull back. • pull yourself. • doll up (infml). • doll your-
in. • pull open. • pull out. • pull shut. self up (infml). • don clothes. • dress
• pull to. • pull together. • pull to- formally. • dress smartly. • dress to the
wards. • pull up. • pump off. • rough nines (infml). • dress up. • fall in. • fit
out. • siphon off. • smoke a pipe. • into. • fit out. • fix up. • fold up. • fol-
snatch at. • spin a coin. • spin fine. • low the crowd. • get dressed. • get into
spin out. • spin the wheel. • suck in. • rows/columns. • get into. • get ready. •
take a draw. • take fire. • take from. • get up. • get on. • give first aid. • kit
take in tow. • take in. • take out. • toss out. • line up. • make better. • make
up. • use tobacco. • wind in. • wind flush. • make ready. • make uniform. •
up. • write out. muffle up. • put a plaster on. • put in
line. • put in order. • put in uniform. •
dream vb –A. put into order. • put on (your) evening
aim for. • aspire to. • be abstracted. • dress. • put on a disguise. • put on
be delirious. • be in a brown study. • be clothes. • put on fancy dress. • put on
in a reverie. • be in a trance. • be in your glad rags (infml). • put on. • re-
cloud cuckoo land. • be inattentive. • move stitches. • rig out. • roll up in. •
be lost in thought. • be moonstruck. • round off. • set out. • sew up. • slip into
be on cloud nine. • be preoccupied. • clothes. • slip on/into. • spruce up. •
be up in the clouds. • blow bubbles. • tart up (infml). • tell off (infml). •
build castles in the air/Spain. • conjure throw on. • toe the line. • tog up. •
up. • cook up (infml). • daydream trick out (infml). • trick up. • try on. •
about. • desire to. • dream of. • dream turn out. • wear disguise. • wear
up. • entertain the thought of. • fanta- evening dress. • wear formal clothes. •
size about. • go wool-gathering. • han- wrap around. • wrap up.
ker after. • have a dream. • have a
nightmare. • have a vision. • have as drink vb –AA.
your aim/goal. • have dreams. • have be a hard drinker. • be a serious drinker.
flashes. • have nightmares. • have no- • be absorbed in. • be an alcoholic. • be
tions. • hope for. • hunger for. • imag- fascinated by. • be lost in. • be rapt in.
ine things. • indulge in reveries. • in- • be sociable. • belt down. • bend the
dulge in wishful thinking. • indulge in elbow. • bend your elbow. • cheer the
wool-gathering. • just suppose. • let inner man. • crack a bottle. • drain a
your mind wander. • let your thoughts bumper. • drain the cup. • drain to the
wander. • long for. • look for the pot of dregs. • drain your glass. • draw the
gold. • not think. • raise your eyes to. cork. • drink a health. • drink alcohol.
• search for the rainbow’s end. • see in • drink in. • drink like a fish. • drink to.
a vision. • see things. • see visions. • • drink up. • drink your fill. • fill your
seek to. • set your heart on. • set your glass to. • get drunk. • get tanked up
sights on. • stare into space. • talk (infml). • give to drink. • go drinking.
through your hat. • think of. • think • go on a bender (infml). • go on a
up. • thirst for/after. • wish for. • wish binge (infml). • go on a drunk. • go on
to. • yearn for. a spree. • go pub-crawling. • grease the
gills. • gulp down. • have a few (infml).
dress vb –AA. • have another. • have enough. • have
add fertilizer to. • apply a surgical one over the eight (infml). • have sb
dressing. • apply antiseptics. • apply over the eight. • heavy drinker. • hit the
medication. • be uniform. • bind up. •
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bottle (infml). • join in a bottle. • the dust. • black out. • boot out (infml).
knock a few back (infml). • knock • break with. • break up. • bring up. •
back. • knock it back. • lap up. • lay brush off. • cash in your chips. • cast
down a cellar. • lay in drink. • liquor off. • cave in. • chuck out. • come
up. • moisten the tonsils. • partake of. down. • conk out. • cry off. • declare
• pay close attention to. • prepare a redundant. • dispense with. • doze off.
drink. • propose a toast to. • put away. • drop dead. • drop down. • drop off.
• quench your thirst. • raise your glass • drop out. • fail to hold. • fail to win.
to. • refill your glass. • scarf (down/ • fall asleep. • fall away. • fall dead. •
up) (infml). • slake your thirst. • snarf fall down. • fall in drops. • fall uncon-
(down/up) (infml). • soak up. • swal- scious. • finish with. • flake out (infml).
low up. • take a draft. • take a drop • fling aside. • forget about. • get rid of.
(infml). • take a nip. • take alcohol. • • get some shuteye (infml). • give away.
take one for the road. • take to the • give up. • go down. • go into a
bottle (infml). • tank up. • throw it nosedive. • go into decline. • go out
back. • toss off your glass. • toss off. • (infml). • go west. • have a nap. • have
wash down. • wet your lips. • wet your done with. • hint at. • keel over. • kick
whistle. • wet your whistle. • wish out. • knock down. • lay aside. • leave
health to. • wish luck to. • wish success flat (infml). • leave off. • leave out. • let
to. fall. • let go (of). • let slip. • lose con-
drive vb –AAA. sciousness. • lose your grip on. • make
act upon. • allude to. • back in. • back less. • make redundant. • miss out on.
up. • barrel along. • be active. • be • miss out. • nod off (infml). •
severe. • be vigorous. • bowl along. • nosedive. • pack in. • part from. • pass
bring to bay. • burn out. • burn up the out. • pop off. • put off. • refer to. •
road. • call up. • come by car. • de- retire from. • run out on (infml). • send
mand too much. • drive at. • egg on. • up. • set down. • shake off. • show off.
exert energy. • floor it. • get at (infml). • sink down. • slacken off. • slant
• get going. • get under way. • give an downwards. • slope downwards. •
impetus. • give it the gun. • give it to. speak of. • take a nosedive. • take forty
• give sb a lift. • give sb their head. • winks (infml). • take out. • throw out.
go by car. • go hell-bent for election. • • throw over. • throw up. • trill down.
go like hell. • hammer in. • have in • turf out. • turn up your toes. • turn
mind. • head for. • hint at. • hit the your back on. • wash your hands of. •
trail with. • hurry along. • hurry up. • withdraw from. • write off.
keep going. • move fast. • move on. • drug vb –A.
open her up. • operate upon. • push add drugs to. • administer a drug. •
forward. • put in motion. • put up to. administer drugs to. • dope up. • give
• refer to. • ride herd on. • round up. an anaesthetic to. • give drugs to. • give
• smoke out. • speed up. • spirit up. • medicament to. • give medication to. •
step on it. • step up. • strike a ball. • knock out. • make inactive. • make in-
take for a ride. • tool along. • travel by sensible. • make unconscious. • put out.
car. • travel on wheels (infml). • urge • render insensible. • render uncon-
forward. • urge on. • work hard. • scious. • slip a Mickey Finn into (infml).
work on. • tamper with.
drop vb –AA. dry vb –A.
allow to alight. • back out. • become air-dry. • apply a tourniquet. • become
alienated from. • become less. • bite unproductive. • blot up. • boil dry. •
69 eat

cease to yield. • clean up. • drip-dry. •


dry off. • dry out/up. • expose to sun-
light. • forget your lines. • forget your
words. • freeze-dry. • grow barren/
E
earn vb –AA.
sterile. • lose moisture. • make dry. •
be deserving of. • be employed. • be
make insensitive. • make smaller. •
entitled to. • be/work freelance. • be
mop up. • peg out. • pump out. • re-
paid. • be self-employed. • be the
move the moisture from. • shut up. •
breadwinner. • be worthy of. • bring
soak up. • sop up. • spin-dry. • stem
home the bacon. • bring home. • bring
the course. • stop speaking/talking. •
in. • busy yourself. • carry off. • chalk
stop the flow. • suck dry. • sun-dry. •
up. • coin money. • do a job. • earn
tumble-dry. • undergo evaporation. •
your living. • gain as due return. • gain
wash clean. • wash up. • wipe clean. •
by labour. • gain by service. • get as
wipe dry. • wipe tears from. • wipe up/
your due. • get at. • get by effort. • get
down. • wring out.
your deserts. • haul in. • have a career.
... • have a profession. • have a right to.
• hold down a job. • live on. • make a
fast buck. • make money by. • make the
pot boil. • meet with your deserts. •
obtain a return. • pick up. • pull down.
• pull in. • rake in. • receive a salary of.
• receive your due. • scrape together. •
take home earnings of. • take home. •
turn a penny. • work from home.
eat vb –AA.
ask for more. • batten on. • be a see-
saw eater. • be hungry. • be sociable. •
be well-heeled. • bite into. • bolt down.
• break bread. • break your fast. • burn
into. • burn through. • chow down. •
consume food. • cram down. • dig in.
• dine out. • dispose of. • do justice to.
• do yourself proud. • eat away. • eat
between meals. • eat everything in
sight. • eat like a bird. • eat off the
same platter. • eat out of house and
home. • eat out. • eat up. • eat well. •
eat your fill. • enjoy a meal. • fall to. •
fatten on. • feast on. • feed on. • feed
well. • feed your face. • fill your stom-
ach. • finish off. • fork in. • get outside
of. • get stuck into. • get your laughing
gear round. • glut yourself. • gnaw
away (at). • gobble down. • gobble up.
• grow fat. • gulp down. • have a bite.
• have a feed. • have a good appetite.
• have a meal. • have a poor appetite.
• have breakfast. • have brunch. • have
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dinner. • have enough. • have lunch. • employ vb –A.


have supper. • have tea. • lap up. • lay avail yourself of. • bring into action. •
into. • leave a clean plate. • lick the bring into play. • bring to bear. • draw
plate. • lick the platter clean. • lick on/upon. • fill a vacancy. • fill your
your chops. • live on. • make a pig of time. • find a use for. • find useful. •
yourself. • make short work of. • nibble give a situation to. • give employment.
at. • open your mouth for. • pack away. • have a use for. • have in employment.
• partake of food. • partake of. • peck • have recourse to. • keep busy. • keep
at. • pig out (on). • play with your sb engaged. • make use of. • make the
food. • ply a good knife and fork. • most of. • offer a job to. • put into op-
polish off. • prey on. • put away eration. • put into practice. • put into
(infml). • put on the feed bag. • put on service. • put on the payroll. • put to
weight. • putter away. • run through. use. • put to work. • resort to. • secure
• rust away. • scarf down. • scarf up the services of. • sign up. • staff with. •
(infml). • scoff (down). • set to. • take advantage of. • take into employ-
shovel in. • snap up. • snarf (down/ ment. • take into. • take on board. •
up) (infml). • sniff at. • spoon in. • take on the payroll. • take on. • take up
stuff down. • stuff your face with. • your time. • take up. • tie up. • turn to.
stuff your face. • stuff yourself. • swal- • use up.
low up. • take a meal. • take every
empty vb –A.
course. • take food. • take in. • take
bail out. • be absent. • be discharged. •
tea. • toy with your food. • tuck away.
become empty. • become vacant. • blow
• tuck in. • tuck into. • use up. • waste
up. • clean out. • clean up. • clear
away. • water at the mouth. • wear
away. • clear out. • clear the decks. •
away (at). • wear down. • wear
drain off. • drain out. • drain to the
through. • wolf down. • work your
dregs. • draw off. • draw out. • drink
way through a meal.
up. • flow out. • give vent to. • hermeti-
effect vb –A. cally seal. • ladle out. • lay waste. • let
amount to. • be instrumental. • bring fall. • let out. • lighten ship. • make a
about. • bring off. • bring to pass. • clean sweep of. • make a vacuum. •
call forth. • carry off. • carry out. • make flow. • make smaller. • make va-
carry through. • cause to happen. • cant. • open into. • open the floodgates.
cause to occur. • give rise to. • see • pour in/out. • pump out. • run down.
through. • succeed in. • yield results. • run off. • run out. • rush out. • siphon
elect vb –AA. off. • spill out. • strain off. • suck dry.
cast your vote for. • choose by ballot. • • suck out. • sweep away. • throw over-
decide on. • fix on. • give a mandate. board. • turn on the tap. • use up. •
• make up (your) mind. • opt for. • vomit forth.
plump for. • put in power. • put in. • enable vb –A.
put on the list. • send on a mission. • give authority to. • give power to. • give
send on an errand. • send out. • settle the green light to. • give the means to.
on. • vote for. • vote in. • give the OK to. • give the resources to.
email vb –A. • give the thumbs up to. • make pos-
contact sb by email. • pass on. • send sible. • provide the means. • set up.
a message. • send an email. • send by encourage vb –AA.
email. • send off. • send on. • send act like a tonic. • augur well. • back up.
out. • bid fair. • buck up (infml). • buoy up.
71 enter

• cheer up. • egg on. • extend a help- enjoy vb –AA.


ing hand. • fire up. • give a foot up. • avail yourself of. • bask in. • be a tease.
give a hand up. • give a shot in the • be amused by. • be at home. • be
arm. • give encouragement. • give new blessed/favoured with. • be born with.
life. • give new promise. • lead on. • • be content. • be endowed with. • be
lift the spirits of. • light a fire under entertained by. • be excited. • be fond
(infml). • pat on the back. • promise of. • be in your element. • be keen on.
well. • pull for. • put the heat on. • put • be pleased by. • be pleased with. • be
the screws on. • raise the morale of. • possessed of. • benefit from. • delight
root for. • side with. • smile upon. • in. • dispose of. • do well. • eat up. •
spirit sb up. • spur on. • stiffen the re- enjoy yourself. • experience pleasure. •
solve of. • stir up. • subscribe to. • fare well. • feast on. • feel pleasure. •
twist sb’s arm. • whip up. find palatable. • find pleasure in. • get
a buzz out of (infml). • get a charge out
end vb –AAA. of. • get a kick out of. • get a thrill out
be all over with. • be all up with. • be
of (infml). • get off on. • give pleasure.
at an end. • be burnt out. • be com-
• gloat on. • gloat over. • glory in. • go
plete. • be destroyed. • be over. • be
a bundle on (infml). • have a ball
past. • become extinct. • become in-
(infml). • have a good time of it. • have
valid. • belong to the past. • blow over.
available. • have for your own. • have
• break off. • break up. • bring to an
fun. • have the advantage (of). • have
end. • build up to. • call a halt to. •
the benefit of. • have the time of your
call it a day. • call it quits. • call off. •
life. • have the use of. • have time for.
choke off. • clock out. • come to a
• indulge in. • lap up. • let your hair
close. • come to a head. • come to an
down (infml). • lick your fingers. • lick
end. • come out. • cut off. • cut short.
your lips. • live comfortably. • live in
• die out. • dispose of. • do away with.
clover. • live in comfort. • live on the fat
• draw to a close. • fade away. • get
of the land. • live it up. • luxuriate in.
done. • get shot of (infml). • get shut
• make merry. • participate of. • quite
of (infml). • give sth the chop (infml).
like. • reap the benefits of. • refresh
• give up. • give over. • go back in
yourself with. • rejoice in. • rest on a
time. • go home. • go on. • have done
bed of roses. • revel in. • riot in. • roll
with. • have had it. • have had its day.
in. • sit pat. • sit pretty. • smack your
• have run its course. • knock sth on
lips. • spoil yourself. • take joy. • take
the head (infml). • lead up to. • leave
pleasure in/from. • take to. • thrill to.
off. • leave unfinished. • live out your
• wallow in.
time. • make an end of. • nip sth in the
bud (infml). • pack in (infml). • pass ensure vb –AA.
away. • peter out. • play out. • pull the look after. • make certain. • make inevi-
plug (on) (infml). • put an end to. • table. • make invulnerable. • make safe.
put paid to. • put the lid on. • put to • make sure (of). • safe-guard. • see to
death. • reach a finale. • reach an end. it. • set the seal on. • sew up. • take
• ring down the curtain. • run its care of. • watch over.
course. • run out. • see the last of. • enter vb –AA.
see your days out. • shut down. • snuff assist with. • associate yourself with. •
out. • switch off. • tail off. • top off. • barge in. • be (a) party to. • be a can-
turn out. • wind sth up (infml). • wind didate. • be a competitor in. • be a con-
up (infml). • wipe out. • wrap up. testant in. • be a participant in. • be
admitted to. • be admitted. • be associ-
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ated with. • be in the running (for). • play in. • plunge into. • pop in. • pour
be included. • be invited. • be on the in. • push in. • put down on paper. •
doorstep. • be one of. • become a com- put down. • put forward. • put in writ-
petitor in. • become a contestant in. • ing. • put in. • put on file. • put on
become a member of. • become associ- record. • put your foot in. • put your
ated with. • become connected with. • name down for. • register for. • run for.
become involved with/in. • blow in. • • run through. • rush in. • set down. •
break in. • break into. • breeze in. • set foot in. • set out on. • settle in. •
burst in. • burst into. • bust in. • butt share in. • sidle in. • sign on for. • sign
in. • buy your way into. • charge in. • up for. • sink into. • slink in. • slip in.
come after. • come in/into. • come on • sneak in. • spill into. • squeeze in. •
the stage. • come on. • commit to pa- squeeze into. • stand at the door. • start
per. • commit yourself to. • compete out. • steal in. • step in. • storm in. •
in. • concern yourself with. • contrib- take down. • take down. • take part in.
ute to. • cooperate in. • crash in. • • take up the challenge. • take up. •
crawl in. • creep in. • cross the thresh- take up. • throng in. • throw your hat
old (of). • crowd in. • darken the in the ring (infml). • throw yourself
doors. • dive into. • drive in. • drop in. into. • tread in. • turn into. • turn the
• drop into. • edge in. • effect an en- key. • turn up. • unlock the door. • ven-
trance into. • embark on/upon. • en- ture in. • venture into. • venture on. •
gage in. • enlist in. • enrol in. • enrol volunteer for. • walk in. • wedge your-
yourself. • enroll for. • enter for. • en- self into. • work in. • work your way
ter in. • enter into. • enter on. • enter into. • worm into. • worm yourself into.
the lists. • enter yourself. • fill in. • fill • wriggle in. • write down. • write in.
up. • follow in. • gain access to. • gain entitle vb –A.
admission. • gain entrance to. • get give permission. • give the right (to). •
aboard. • get in on the act (infml). • give the title of. • grant the right. •
get in. • get into. • get involved in. • make eligible.
go in for. • go in/into. • go on board.
• have a hand in. • have sth to do with. equal vb –A.
• help with. • hit town. • hop in. • add up to. • amount to. • be a match
horn in. • insinuate yourself. • intrude for. • be as good as. • be commensurate.
into. • irrupt into. • jam in. • jam your- • be composed of. • be equal to. • be
self into. • join a party. • join in. • jot equal with. • be equivalent to. • be
down. • jump in. • kick off (infml). • even with. • be identical. • be in the
launch into. • leak into. • lend a hand same category as. • be in-the same
with. • let in. • let yourself in. • look league as. • be level with. • be made of.
for a welcome. • look in. • make a be- • be tantamount to. • be the equivalent
ginning. • make a hole in. • make a of. • be the same as. • break even. •
note of. • make a wound. • make an catch up. • check with. • come to. •
entrance into. • make an entrance. • come up to. • compare with/to. • com-
make an inventory of. • make way into. pete with. • consist of. • contend with.
• make your entry. • move in. • move • correspond to. • equate with. • even
into. • obtain entrance to. • offer your- off. • keep pace with. • knot the score.
self. • pack yourself into. • partake in. • live up to. • measure up to. • rank
• participate in. • pass into. • pile in. with. • rise to meet. • rise to. • set off.
• pitch in with (infml). • place your- • square with. • stack up against. • tally
self. • play a part in. • play a role in. • with. • tie with. • tot up to. • vie with.
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escape vb –AA. ooze (out). • play hide and seek. • pour


achieve liberty. • avoid danger. • back out/forth. • reach safety. • rid yourself.
out of. • bail out. • be exempt. • be • ride out the storm. • run away/off. •
free. • be off. • be relieved. • be safe. run for it. • run out on. • run out. •
• be well rid of. • beat a hasty retreat. save your bacon. • save your neck. •
• bluff your way out. • break away. • save yourself. • scrape through. • secure
break free. • break gaol. • break jail. • an acquittal. • secure exemption. • seek
break loose. • break out of prison. • safety. • seep (out). • shake off. • shake
break out. • break through. • break your yoke. • show a clean pair of heels.
your bonds. • break your chains. • • show your heels. • slip away. • slip by.
burst out. • burst the bonds. • burst • slip out. • slip the collar. • slip
your bonds. • cast off your shackles. • through your fingers. • slip through. •
clear out. • come back. • come slip your lead. • sneak away. • sneak off.
through. • cut and run. • cut loose. • • spill (out). • steal away. • steal off. •
cut out. • deliver yourself. • discharge steer clear of. • take a powder (infml).
itself. • do a bunk (infml). • do a dis- • take flight. • take French leave. • take
appearing act (infml). • do a moonlight it on the lam. • take off. • take to your
fit (infml). • do a runner (infml). • do heels. • throw off the yoke. • throw off
a vanishing act (infml). • duck and run. your ball and chain. • vent itself. •
• duck out. • effect your escape. • es- weather the storm. • win freedom. •
cape liability. • evade liability. • fend worm out of. • wriggle out of.
off. • find a loophole. • find a way out. establish vb –AA.
• find a way round. • find freedom. • attest to. • base on. • break up. • bring
find relief. • find safety. • flow out. • into being. • build up. • constitute evi-
fly the coop (infml). • free yourself. • dence of. • constitute proof of. • find
get away (from). • get away (with it). out. • get going. • lay the foundation
• get by. • get clear of. • get free. • get for. • lay the foundations of. • make
loose. • get off lightly. • get off on a provisions for. • set on its feet. • set up.
technicality. • get off. • get out of sb’s • settle in. • show beyond doubt. •
clutches. • get out. • give sb a wide show to be true. • sow the seeds. • spin
berth. • give sb the slip (infml). • give off.
sb the slip. • give the slip to. • go away.
• go AWOL. • go free. • go over the estimate vb –AA.
wall. • go scot-free. • go unpunished. add up. • be cautious. • be of the opin-
• gush (out). • gush forth. • head for ion. • calculate roughly. • do the cost
the hills (infml). • hightail it (infml). • accounting. • express an opinion. • fig-
hook it (infml). • jump bail. • keep ure costs. • form an estimate. • form an
afloat. • keep at arm’s length. • keep impression of. • form an opinion (of). •
away from. • keep out of sb’s way. • furnish an estimate. • get figures for. •
keep out of the way of. • kick over the get the measure of. • give a ballpark fig-
traces. • lead sb a merry chase. • leak ure. • look upon. • make an estimate
away. • leak out. • leave behind. • leg (of). • pass an opinion. • pass under
it. • live to fight another day. • make a review. • prepare a budget. • prepare an
break for it. • make a break. • make a estimate. • regard as being. • roughly
getaway. • make a run for it. • make calculate. • run a check on. • set a fig-
an/your escape. • make a/your get- ure. • set a value on. • size up. • sum
away. • make good your escape. • up. • take everything into consider-
make off. • make yourself scarce. • ation. • take stock of. • view as being.
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• weigh the pros and cons. • weigh up. exclude vb –A.


• write down. • write up. be contrary. • be exclusive of. • be in-
examine vb –AA. complete. • cold-shoulder. • come be-
address questions to. • ask questions fore. • count out. • cross off the regis-
of. • break down. • bury yourself in. • ter. • cross out. • curtain off. • cut out.
cast the eyes over. • check out. • check • debar from. • declare redundant. •
over. • check up on. • concentrate on. deny access to. • deny access. • deny
• conduct an in-depth enquiry. • con- entry. • draw the line. • factor out. •
duct research on. • cross-examine. • fence off. • filter out. • force out. •
cross-question. • delve into. • dig into. freeze out. • get rid of. • keep at a dis-
• dive into. • enquire into. • experi- tance. • keep off. • keep out. • lay
ment with. • feel out. • flip through the aside. • leave out in the cold. • leave
pages. • fool around with. • get the lay out. • leave over. • lock out. • make an
of the land. • give a check-up to. • give exception. • make impossible. • make
a going-over. • give an exam. • give the unlike. • make unwelcome. • miss out.
once-over. • give the third degree to. • • not be inclusive of. • not include. •
give your attention to. • go back over. not retain. • pass over. • place an em-
• go behind. • go deep into. • go into bargo on. • prevent the occurrence of.
in depth. • go into. • go over with a • put an embargo on. • put aside. • put
fine-toothed comb. • go through. • out. • restrict access. • rope off. • rule
hold up to the light. • inquire into. • out. • screen off. • send to Coventry. •
look at. • look for flaws. • look into. • set apart. • shut out. • shut the door on.
look over. • look up and down. • make • sort out. • strike off the register. •
an inventory of. • nose around. • peer strike off the roll. • strike off. • strike
at. • peer into. • pick over. • play out. • take out. • thrust out. • treat as
around with. • poke around. • pore a special case. • vote against. • wall off.
over. • pry into. • put questions to. • • warn off. • weed out.
put through the mangle. • put through exercise vb –AA.
the wringer. • put to the test. • run avail yourself of. • bring into play. •
checks on. • run tests on. • run the eye bring to bear. • busy yourself. • carry
over. • search into. • search out. • see on. • do exercises. • do sb’s head in
about. • see how the land lies. • see (infml). • do your daily dozen. • em-
into. • set an examination for. • sit on. ploy yourself. • engage in physical ac-
• size up. • smell around. • smell out. tivity. • exert yourself. • get in trim. •
• sound out. • subject to an examina- give training to. • gnaw at. • go for the
tion. • subject to scrutiny. • take note burn. • groom sb for. • keep fit. • lick
of. • take stock of. • thresh out. • track into shape. • lie heavy on. • lift
down. • try out. • turn over. • weigh weights. • limber up. • loosen up. •
up. make anxious. • make ready. • make sb
exchange vb –A. scratch their head (infml). • make sec-
borrow from Peter to pay Paul. • buy ond nature. • make uneasy. • make use
and sell. • cash in. • change hands. • of. • move briskly. • occupy sb’s
convert into. • give in exchange. • give thoughts. • perform exercises. • ply
over. • make an exchange. • pass to. • your trade. • prepare yourself. • prey
provide a replacement. • provide a sub- on sb’s mind. • promote muscle tone. •
stitute. • return the compliment. • pump iron. • put in practice. • put into
swap horses in the middle of the operation. • put into practice. • put to
stream. • trade off. use. • stir up. • take a constitutional. •
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take in hand. • warm up. • work out. gain on. • be careful. • be certain. • be
• work off. confident. • be disappointed. • be on
call. • be prepared for. • be ready for.
exist vb –AA.
• be waiting for. • call for. • count on.
be alive. • be extant. • be found. • be
• count upon. • count your chickens
in existence. • be just so. • be living. •
before they are hatched. • demand obe-
be met with. • be now. • be present. •
dience. • expect it of sb. • expect too
be so. • be the case. • be true. • be vi-
much of sb. • face the prospect. • hang
able. • draw breath. • eke out a living.
around. • have a right to expect. • have
• eke out an existence. • get along/by.
a right. • have in mind. • have in pros-
• go on. • have being. • have exist-
pect. • hold in view. • hope and be-
ence. • have life. • keep going. • keep
lieve. • hope for. • impose a duty. •
your head above water. • keep the wolf
insist on/upon. • look ahead to. • look
from the door (infml). • keep your
ahead. • look for. • look forward (to).
head above water. • make do. • make
• look out for. • not wonder. • plan for.
ends meet. • pass time. • scrape by. •
• prepare yourself. • press a claim. •
stay alive. • struggle along.
press a suit. • promise yourself. • put
expand vb –A. your money on. • reckon on. • rely on.
add detail to. • add to. • be broad. • be • see it coming. • stand by. • take a
diffuse. • be dispersed. • be fruitful. • pledge. • think it likely. • think likely.
be great. • be large. • be out. • become • think sb deserves. • wait for. • wait
bigger. • become distended. • become up for. • watch for. • watch out for.
large. • become larger. • become less
experience vb –AAA.
reserved. • become less shy. • become
be faced with. • be forced to contend
more sociable. • become relaxed. •
with. • become familiar with. • come
become sociable. • blow up. • branch
across. • come into contact with. •
out. • broaden your horizons. • build
come up against. • go through. • have
up. • burst at the seams. • burst forth.
experience of. • know by experience. •
• elaborate on/upon. • enlarge on/
know the feeling. • learn your lesson. •
upon. • expatiate on. • extend your
live through. • meet with. • participate
operations. • fan out. • fill out. • flesh
in. • pass through. • run into.
out. • gain flesh. • get fat. • go into
detail (about). • grow friendlier. • experiment vb –A.
grow larger. • grow up. • hang loose be curious. • be in the dark. • be ten-
(infml). • increase in scope. • increase tative. • be tested. • be uncertain. •
in size. • loosen up (infml). • make beat about. • carry out trials on. • carry
bigger. • make greater. • make larger. out trials/tests. • cast about. • check
• open out. • pad out. • puff out. • on. • come to the test. • conduct an
puff up. • pull out. • put flesh on the experiment. • conduct experiments. •
bones of. • put forth. • put on the flab. conduct research. • cut and try. • do
• put on weight. • reduce the pressure. tests on. • experiment upon. • find a
• round out. • scale up. • shape up. • way. • follow a clue. • fool with. • give
shoot up. • spread-eagle. • spread like a trial to. • give an opportunity. • give
wildfire. • spread out. • spread over. • sb a try. • give sth a try. • have a flut-
spread yourself thin. • spring up. • ter. • have a go. • have nothing to go
stretch out. • swell up. • take open on. • hold under probation. • make a
order. • throw in. guinea pig of. • make experiments. •
make inquiry. • make trial of. • pit your
expect vb –A.
strength against. • play around with. •
ask for. • bank on. • bargain for. • bar-
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play the market. • practice upon. • put look at. • take stock of.
on your honour. • put through a battery export vb –A.
of tests. • put through your paces. • act as a shipper. • convey outside. • find
put to the proof. • put to the test. • put a foreign market. • market abroad. •
to the vote. • run a test on. • spin the market overseas. • pass on. • put about.
wheel. • subject to a test. • take a ran- • sell abroad. • sell overseas. • send
dom sample. • take a straw vote. • test abroad. • send away. • send overseas. •
out. • test your muscles. • try a ship overseas. • trade abroad. • trade
change. • try a thing once. • try by or- internationally.
deal. • try out. • try tentatively. • try
your strength. • try out for. • undergo express vb –AA.
a test. be open about. • bring into the open. •
choose your words carefully. • clothe in
explain vb –AA. words. • communicate your opinions. •
account for. • assign a meaning to. • be communicate your thoughts. • commu-
intelligible. • bring out. • cast light nicate your views. • find words for. •
upon. • clear the air. • clear up. • come force out. • get across/over. • give ex-
to the point. • comment on. • explain pression to. • give tongue. • give vent
away. • express in words. • figure out. to. • give voice to. • knock into shape.
• get across. • get over. • get through. • lick into shape. • make known. •
• get to the bottom of. • get to. • give make manifest. • make public. • mea-
a justification for. • give a rationale for. sure your words. • point out. • press
• give a reason for. • give an alibi for. out. • pull into shape. • put across/over.
• give an apologia for. • give an excuse • put in words. • put into shape. • put
for. • give an explanation for. • give an into words. • put thoughts into words.
explanation of. • go into detail. • ham- • say your piece. • set down. • show
mer into your head. • make clear. • style. • speak your mind. • squeeze out.
make excuses for. • make intelligible. • • stand for. • wring out.
make obvious. • make plain. • make
sense of. • make yourself understood. extend vb –AA.
• offer an explanation. • point out. • abut on. • add to. • be contiguous. •
point up. • put across. • put in other branch out. • build up. • build on. •
words. • put in plain English. • put into carry on. • carry over. • drag out. •
words. • put on the right track. • re- draw out. • extend to. • fill space. • fill
mark upon. • remove misunderstand- time. • get to. • go as far as. • go on. •
ing. • say how it happens. • searching go to. • have size. • hold forth. • hold
insight. • set right. • show by example. out. • keep going. • loom large. • make
• speak out. • spell out. • throw light bigger. • make greater. • make larger. •
on. • work out. make longer. • occupy time. • pay out.
• put back. • put forth. • put off. • put
explore vb –A. out. • reach out. • reach to. • run on. •
be tentative. • check out. • enquire spin out. • spread out. • stick out. •
into. • feel your way. • find a way. • straighten out. • stretch away to. •
give sth a going-over. • give sth a look- stretch out. • stretch to. • string out. •
see. • give sth a/the once-over. • go take time. • take up time. • top up.
globetrotting. • go in quest of. • go
into. • go on a world cruise. • go over eye vb –A.
with a fine-tooth comb. • have or take check out (infml). • gawk at (infml). •
a look around. • look into. • look over. gawp at (infml). • gaze at. • gaze upon.
• range over. • see the world. • take a • get a load of (infml). • give sb a/the
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once-over (infml). • give sb the come-


on (infml). • give sb the glad eye
(infml). • give sb/sth a once-over
(infml). • give the glad eye to (infml).
F
face vb –AAA.
• glance at. • have a squint at (infml).
acclimatize yourself to. • accommodate
• have/take a look at. • have/take a
yourself to. • address yourself. • adjust
butcher’s at (infml). • have/take a
to. • afford a view of. • be confronted
dekko at (infml). • have/take a gander
by. • be courageous. • be drawn
at (infml). • have/take a shufti at
against. • be faced with. • be facing. •
(infml). • keep a beady eye on (infml).
be forced to contend with. • be in front
• keep a weather eye on. • keep an eye
of. • be in the way. • be opposite to. •
on. • keep tabs on (infml). • keep un-
be present. • be resolute. • become ac-
der observation. • keep under scrutiny.
customed to. • become reconciled to. •
• keep under surveillance. • keep
become resigned to. • bite the bullet. •
watch on. • lech after/over (infml). •
brazen out. • brick over. • cause trouble
leer at. • look at. • look intently. •
to. • come across. • come into contact
make eyes at. • make sheep’s eyes (at).
with. • come to accept. • come to grips
• size up (infml). • spy on. • stare at.
with. • come to terms with. • come up
• take a glance at. • undress with your
against. • command a view of. • con-
eyes (infml). • watch like a hawk.
tend with. • cope with. • deal with. •
... face danger. • face out. • face the mu-
sic. • face the odds. • face the prospect.
• face up to. • front into. • front onto.
• get to grips with. • get used to. • give
on/onto. • give over. • go up against. •
grapple with. • have a view of. • have
in prospect. • head-on. • learn to live
with. • look for. • look forward. • look
in the eye. • look in the face. • look on
to. • look onto. • look out on. • look
over/across. • look towards. • make a
stand. • make the best of. • meet face
to face. • meet head-on. • not shrink
from. • open out over. • play against. •
present itself. • put a facing on. • put in
front. • reach an acceptance (of). • rec-
oncile yourself to. • run away from. •
run into. • show a bold front. • show
fight. • smooth the surface of. • snap
your fingers at. • square up to. • square
off. • stand against. • stand facing. •
stand in front of. • stand in the way. •
stand up to. • stare sb in the face. •
take it. • take on all comers. • take the
bull by the horns. • tell to your face. •
wade into.
fail vb –AAA.
act up. • attempt too much. • avail
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nothing. • back the wrong horse. • be between two stools. • fall by the way-
all over with. • be ambitious. • be side. • fall down on the job. • fall down
beaten. • be closed. • be clumsy. • be on. • fall down. • fall flat on your face.
defeated. • be defective. • be deficient. • fall flat. • fall from your high estate.
• be demoted. • be dim-sighted. • be • fall off. • fall short of. • fall short of
disappointed. • be disloyal to. • be fa- sb’s expectations. • fall short of your
tigued. • be defective. • be faulty. • be goal. • fall short. • fall through. • fall to
found defective. • be found deficient. • bits. • fall to the ground. • fizzle out
be found lacking. • be found wanting. (infml). • flunk out. • fold up. • forfeit
• be frustrated. • be ill. • be impotent. your honour. • get bogged down. • get
• be in arrears. • be in the hands of the into trouble. • get left. • get no change
receivers. • be in vain. • be inactive. • out of it. • get no results. • get nothing
be inadequate. • be inferior. • be insuf- out of it. • get worse. • give out. • give
ficient. • be lacking. • be left high and up the ghost (infml). • go amiss. • go
dry. • be of no avail. • be on your last astray. • go bankrupt. • go belly up. •
legs (infml). • be on the blink (infml). go broke (infml). • go bump (infml). •
• be rejected. • be ruined. • be shut go bust (infml). • go by the board. • go
down. • be unable to make ends meet. down like a lead balloon. • go down
• be unable. • be unfaithful to. • be swinging. • go down the tubes. • go
unproductive. • be unskilful. • be un- down. • go into decline. • go into liqui-
successful (in). • be useless. • be want- dation. • go into receivership. • go
ing. • be weak. • be wound up. • be- kaput (infml). • go on the blink (infml).
come feeble. • become ill. • become • go on the rocks. • go out of business.
insolvent. • become kaput (infml). • • go over like a lead balloon. • go phut
bite off more than you can chew. • bite (infml). • go to the wall. • go under. •
the dust (infml). • blow it. • blow the go up in smoke. • go wide. • go wrong.
chance. • blow up in sb’s face. • break • grow blurred. • grow dim. • grow
down. • break faith with. • break your less. • grow weak/weaker. • hang fire.
promise to. • break your word. • cease • have no success. • have shot your
production. • cease to function. • cease bolt. • have trouble. • hit a slump. • hit
trading. • close down. • come a crop- rock bottom. • hit the wrong target. •
per (infml). • come down. • come kiss goodbye to. • labour in vain. • lack
short of. • come to a bad end. • come success. • lay an egg. • let down. • let
to a dead stop. • come to a sticky end. sb down. • lose a chance. • lose control.
• come to grief. • come to naught. • • lose ground. • lose out. • lose repute.
come to nothing. • come to pieces. • • lose status. • lose strength. • lose your
come to rest. • come unstuck. • come good name. • lose your halo. • lose your
up against a blank wall. • conk out labour. • lose your pains. • lose your
(infml). • crap out. • crock up. • cut shirt. • make a loss. • make a poor fist
out. • dash sb’s hopes. • default on at. • make nothing of. • meet with di-
payment. • develop a fault. • die away. saster. • miss an opportunity. • miss the
• die in the attempt. • do a bad job. • boat. • miss the bus. • miss the mark. •
do the dirty on (infml). • drain away. • miss the train. • miss your aim. • not
draw a blank. • drown in red ink. • dry come off. • not come to ripeness. • not
up. • earn no credit. • earn no honour. come up to scratch. • not come up to. •
• ebb away. • end in smoke. • fade not complete. • not cut the mustard. •
away. • fail sb. • fail to happen. • fail not function. • not get to first base. •
to live up to. • fail to meet. • fail to not have it in sb. • not make it. • not
reach. • fall apart at the seams. • fall make the grade (infml). • not measure
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up to expectation. • not measure up. • heels. • go headlong. • go into a tail-


not pass muster. • not pass. • not spin (infml). • go out of office. • go
qualify. • not succeed. • not work. • through the floor (infml). • go to pot
overreach yourself. • pack up. • peter (infml). • go to rack and ruin. • go to
out. • play sb false. • play up (infml). the dogs (infml). • go to the pack
• put on probation. • return empty- (infml). • go under. • grow less. • hit
handed. • run aground. • run down. • the floor (infml). • hit the skids (infml).
run low. • run out. • seize up. • send • incline downwards. • keel over. •
down. • send home. • stick in the mud. leave from the straight and narrow. • lie
• stop working. • strike out. • strive in down. • lose repute. • lose value. • lose
vain. • suffer defeat. • tarnish your your life. • lose your position to. • make
glory. • throw in the sponge. • touch a forced landing. • measure your length
bottom. • try in vain. • turn your back (infml). • meet your death. • meet your
on. • wash out. • waste effort. • waste end. • nose-dive. • not keep up with. •
time. • win no glory. • wind up. pass into the hands of. • peg out
(infml). • pitch forward. • pour with
fall vb –AAA.
rain. • reach a lower level. • sink in-
be a casualty. • be a fatality. • be borne
wards. • sink lower. • slant downwards.
by. • be cheap. • be conquered by. • be
• slope down. • snuff it (infml). • stray
deceived by. • be defeated by. • be de-
from the straight and narrow. • take a
ficient. • be killed. • be left behind. •
dive. • take a header (infml). • take a
be lost. • be overcome by. • be over-
nosedive. • take a spill. • take place. •
thrown by. • be overwhelmed by. • be
topple over. • trip over. • tumble over.
slain. • be taken by. • be the duty of. •
• turn up. • yield to temptation.
be the responsibility of. • be your job.
• be your task. • bite the dust (infml). fan vb –A.
• buy it (infml). • come a cropper add fuel to the flames. • make a
(infml). • come about. • come down in draught. • open out. • spread out. • stir
the world. • come down suddenly. • up. • stretch out. • whip up. • work up.
come down. • come sb’s way. • come to farm vb –A.
be. • come to bits. • come to pass. • be a farmer. • break the soil. • breed
commit a sin. • commit an offence. • stock. • bring on. • bring under cultiva-
decline in price. • decrease in value. • tion. • care for. • contract out. • culti-
deviate from the paths of virtue. • do vate the land. • do agricultural work. •
wrong. • draw back. • drop back. • dress the ground. • engage in
drop dead. • drop down. • drop off. • agronomy. • farm out. • have cared for.
fall apart. • fall away. • fall back. • fall • have fostered. • have in care. • look
down. • fall flat. • fall from grace. • after. • practise farming. • put in care.
fall headlong. • fall in a heap. • fall in • raise cattle. • raise chickens. • raise
price. • fall off. • fall over. • fall to bits. crops. • raise pigs. • rear livestock. •
• fall to pieces. • fall to the ground. • rent out. • run cattle. • run sheep. •
fall victim to. • flow back. • flow over. take on lease. • take up a claim. • till
• fold up. • get cheaper. • get into ar- the land. • till the soil. • work the land.
rears. • get left behind. • get lower. •
get to be. • give in. • give up. • give favour vb –A.
way. • go astray. • go down the toilet approve of. • argue for. • be a dead
(infml). • go down the tubes (infml). • ringer for (infml). • be advantageous to.
go down. • go downhill. • go end over • be auspicious. • be benevolent. • be
end. • go for six (infml). • go head over biased. • be in favour of. • be indulgent
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toward. • be lenient. • be like. • be of think. • be intimidated by. • be of the


service to. • be partial to. • be similar opinion. • be overwhelmed. • be pious.
to. • be sweet on. • be the image/pic- • be scared of. • be solicitous for. • be
ture of. • be the spit of (infml). • be the terrified by. • be terrified of. • be too
spitting image of (infml). • be to the afraid. • be too apprehensive. • be too
advantage of. • bear a grudge against. scared. • break down. • break out in a
• bear a resemblance to. • bear sem- sweat. • chicken out. • cower before. •
blance to. • bring on. • campaign for. cringe from. • dare not. • fall into
• deal with gently. • discriminate panic. • fear for. • fear God. • feel anx-
against. • do a favour to. • do a good ious about. • feel apprehensive about. •
turn to. • do a kindness to. • do a ser- feel concern for. • feel concerned about.
vice to. • do good. • do sb a favour. • • feel consternation about. • feel dis-
do wrong. • do well by. • give sb a ref- quiet for. • flinch from. • get cold feet.
erence. • give sb a testimonial. • go for. • get the wind up. • go in fear and
• go in for. • grant favours to. • have trembling. • go in terror of. • have a
a bias towards. • have a down on. • (sneaking) feeling. • have a (sneaking)
have a look of. • have as a favourite. • suspicion. • have a dread of. • have a
have in your good books. • have in foreboding. • have a horror of. • have a
your good graces. • have it in for. • hunch. • have a panic attack. • have a
have the look of. • hold in higher re- phobia about. • have a suspicion. •
gard. • incline towards. • lean toward. have a wholesome respect for. • have
• like best. • lobby for. • look like. • anxieties about. • have brown trousers
look on with favour. • look up to. • at (infml). • have butterflies in your
look with a favourable eye. • make an stomach (infml). • have cold feet about
exception for. • make for. • make it (infml). • have forebodings about. •
easy for. • meet the needs of. • opt for. have qualms about. • have qualms. •
• pander to. • play favourites. • plump have the willies. • have the wind up. •
for. • pull strings for (infml). • put in hesitate to. • honour and obey. • live in
a good word for. • put sb in mind of. • dread of. • live in fear of. • live in ter-
put you in mind of. • put yourself out ror. • lose courage. • lose your nerve. •
for. • regard with favour. • remind you not like the look of. • panic about. •
of. • set great store by. • shine on. • press the panic button. • regard with
show consideration for. • show awe. • run away. • shake in your shoes.
favouritism towards. • side with. • • shrink from. • shudder at. • stand
single out. • smile on/upon. • speak up aghast. • stand in awe of. • stand in
for. • stand up for. • stick up for. • sub- fear. • take alarm. • take fright at. •
scribe to. • take after. • take in tow. • take to flight. • think it likely. • tremble
take sides. • take up. • think more at. • tremble before. • turn pale. •
highly of. • think the world of. • think wimp out. • worry about.
well of. • treat as a special case. • treat
feature vb –AA.
with partiality. • use your influence for.
bring out. • bring forward. • call atten-
fear vb –AAA. tion to. • focus attention on. • give
be afraid of. • be afraid. • be agitated. prominence to. • have a place. • have
• be alarmed. • be anxious about. • be prominence. • make a feature of. •
apprehensive of. • be awestruck. • be make much of. • play a part. • play up.
fearful of. • be frightened. • be in a bit • take part. • turn up.
of a state. • be in a blue funk about feed vb –AA.
(infml). • be in a flap. • be inclined to add fuel to the flames. • add fuel to. •
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add to. • be hospitable. • bolster up. • • play with. • put your hand on. • re-
bottle-feed. • breast-feed. • cater for. • ceive an impression. • run your hands
consume food. • cook for. • depend on. over. • run the fingers over. • smart
• devour food. • do for. • exist on. • under. • sound out. • strike sb as. •
fatten up. • feed up. • give food to. • strike you as. • suffer with. • sympa-
give nourishment to. • give suck (to). thize with. • take to heart. • thrill to. •
• give to eat. • have a meal. • have as try out. • weep for.
food. • have company. • have to din-
fight vb –AAA.
ner. • keep alive. • keep body and soul
appeal to arms. • argue against. • as-
together. • keep the wolf from the door.
sault each other. • attack each other. •
• live on. • make a meal for. • make
bandy words. • be a soldier. • be at each
ends meet. • minister to. • offer food.
other’s throats. • be at loggerheads. •
• partake of food. • plump up. • pre-
be at odds. • be at variance. • be cou-
pare food for. • provide food for. • pro-
rageous. • be in difficulty. • be inimical.
vide for. • put out to grass/pasture. •
• be resolute. • be violent. • beat off. •
put up. • regale with. • rely for nour-
bottle up. • break a lance. • break the
ishment on. • satisfy the hunger of. •
peace. • breast the current. • button up
send invitations. • subsist on. • take in.
(infml). • call for a showdown. • call
• take nourishment. • thrive on. • wait
out. • carry on war. • carry on. • choke
upon. • wine and dine.
back. • close with. • come to blows. •
feel vb –AAA. come to close quarters. • come to grips.
be affected (by). • be aware of. • be • contend with. • cork up (infml). •
conscious of. • be convinced. • be dis- couch your lance. • cross swords (with).
contented. • be excited. • be forced to • defend yourself. • do battle. • do it
contend with. • be if the opinion that. the hard way. • draw the sword. • en-
• be insensitive to. • be inspired. • be gage in conflict. • engage in hostilities.
moved by. • be of the opinion. • be sen- • engage in. • exchange blows. • ex-
sible of. • be sensitive to. • be sorry for. change shots. • fail to agree. • fall foul
• be under the impression. • cause feel- of. • fall out (infml). • fight a pitched
ing. • cherish feelings. • come to the battle. • fight back. • fight for King/
conclusion that. • condole with. • con- Queen and country. • fight hand to
sider it right. • empathize with. • en- hand. • fight hard. • fight it out. • fight
tertain feelings. • feel compassion for. like cat and dog (infml). • fight like
• feel deeply. • feel for. • feel in need fiends. • fight off. • fight the good fight.
of. • feel in your bones. • feel in your • fight to the last man. • fight with the
bones. • feel like. • feel resentment. • best. • fly in the face of. • give battle.
feel sympathy for. • feel with. • fiddle • give hard knocks. • give satisfaction.
with. • get the feeling. • get the im- • give tit for tat. • go at it hammer and
pression. • go through. • grieve for. • tongs (infml). • go on with. • go the
harbour feelings. • have a chip on your knuckle (infml). • go to war. • have a
shoulder. • have a feeling. • have a brush with. • have a dust-up (infml). •
funny feeling. • have a hunch. • have have a fight. • have a punch-up (infml).
a sensation of. • have a yen for (infml). • have a row. • have a set-to (infml). •
• have been through. • have feeling. • have words. • hit each other. • hold at
have the experience of. • have the im- bay. • hold back. • join in the mêlée. •
pression. • just know. • know the feel- join issue with. • keep back. • keep in
ing. • lay a finger on. • live through. • check. • keep the lid on (infml). • keep
make out. • meet with. • pass through. under control. • lay about sb. • lock
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antlers. • lock horns. • make a stand walk in a line.


against. • make war. • measure fill vb –AAA.
swords. • mix it. • mount an attack. • be alive with. • be chock-a-block. • be
object to. • pitch into. • proceed with. complete. • be diffused through. • be
• punch each other. • put up a fight disseminated through. • be filled. • be
against. • put up a fight. • put up your full to overflowing. • be in. • be many.
fists. • quarrel with. • rein in. • sail • become full. • block up. • brim over.
into. • scrap with. • set to. • square up • bring about. • bring together. • bristle
to. • stage a shoot-out. • stand up and with. • bulge out. • bung up. • carry
be counted against. • stand up to. • out. • clog (up). • cram (into). • cram
stave off. • strike at. • strive against. • in. • crawl with. • dam up. • diffuse
struggle against. • swim upstream. • through. • extend throughout. • extend
take a stand against. • take issue with. to. • feed fully. • fill in. • fill out. • fill
• take on. • take the field. • take up space. • fill to bursting. • fill to capac-
arms against. • take up arms. • take up ity. • fill to overflowing. • fill to the
the cudgels. • throw away the scab- brim. • fill up. • fit tight. • flow
bard. • try to extinguish. • try to put through. • grow fatter. • hold down
out. • unsheathe the sword. • use cold (infml). • hold no more. • hum with. •
steel. • wage war. • ward off. • whet jam in. • leave no corner. • load (up).
the sword. • make complete. • make full. • make
figure vb –A. up. • occupy all of. • pack (into). • pack
(cannot) make head or tail of (infml). in. • pack like sardines. • pack tight. •
• add up. • be conspicuous. • be con- pass through. • pile in. • press into. •
vincing. • be featured. • be likely. • be puff up. • pump up. • put in the picture
logical. • be mentioned. • be of the (infml). • put in. • put wise (infml). •
opinion. • be probable. • be referred ram down. • ram in. • reach to. • round
to. • be to be expected. • be under- out. • run over at the top. • run over. •
standable. • contribute to. • dare say. run through. • slop over. • spill over. •
• employ metaphor. • figure out. • go sprawl over. • spread over. • spread
without saying. • have a place. • have through. • spread throughout. •
a sneaking. • have prominence. • hold squeeze in. • squeeze into. • stand in. •
up. • make out. • make sense. • play stop up. • swarm with. • take over. •
a part. • play a role. • put a figure on. take up. • teem with. • top off. • top
• ring true. • seem reasonable. • stand up. • write in.
to be reason. • stand up. • take it as film vb –A.
read. • take it. • tot up. • work out. adapt for film. • become blurred. • cap-
file vb –A. ture on film. • cloud over. • make a film
apply for. • come after. • file past. • of. • make into a film. • mist over. •
hang on to. • keep by you. • keep in record on film. • take pictures (of).
single file. • keep pending. • make finance vb –AA.
smaller. • march in a line. • march in act as guarantor of. • find means. • foot
procession. • pass in formation. • pro- the bill for (infml). • furnish credit for.
ceed in a line. • put an edge on. • put • pay for. • pick up the tab for (infml).
by. • put forward. • put in for. • put in • provide capital for. • provide security
order. • put in place. • put in. • put off. for. • put up the money. • raise the
• put on record. • register for. • rub money. • set up in business.
away. • rub down. • run on. • sign up
for. • sign up. • store in the archives. • find vb –AAA.
arrive at. • be existent. • be met with.
83 fish

• be present. • be responsible for. • give over. • go through. • go through


become aware that. • become aware. • with. • gulp (down). • have done with.
believe to be. • bring to light. • bump • have done. • knock off (infml). •
into. • call up. • catch sight of. • leave off (infml). • make short work of.
chance on/upon. • come across. • • make good. • pack in (infml). • play
come by. • come on/upon. • come to out. • polish off (infml). • put a finish
have. • come up with. • dig up. • fall on. • put an end to. • put paid to. • put
on. • feel to be. • ferret out. • find the final touches to. • put the finishing
against. • find for. • find means. • find touches to. • put through. • result in. •
out. • get back. • get hold of. • get round off. • run through (infml). • run
your hands on. • get your mitts on. • out. • see it out. • see the last of. • set
happen on/upon. • hit on. • hit upon. the seal on. • sew up (infml). • smooth
• hold to be. • hunt out. • lay bare. • off. • top off. • use up. • whip into
lay hold of. • lay your finger on. • lay shape. • wind up (infml). • wipe out
your hands on. • light on. • light upon. (infml). • work out. • wrap up (infml).
• look on as. • look up. • make out. • fire vb –AA.
manifest itself. • meet up with. • meet add fuel to the flames. • apply the
with. • muster (up). • nose out. • pick match. • be excited. • be infected by. •
up. • pitch upon. • put your finger on. be inspired. • boot out. • breathe life
• regard as. • root out. • run across. • into. • bring out. • call forth. • catch
run into. • run to earth. • run to the infection. • declare redundant. •
ground. • scare up. • screw up. • draw forth. • fire off. • get going. • get
search out. • see as. • show itself. • sit rid of. • get started. • give marching
in judgment. • smell out. • sniff out. • orders to. • give sb the (old) heave-ho
strike upon. • stumble on/upon. • (infml). • give sb the boot (infml). •
summon (up). • take for. • take to be. give sb the bullet (infml). • give sb the
• think of. • track down. • trip over. • elbow (infml). • give sb the push
trip upon. • try a case. • turn up. • (infml). • give sb their marching orders.
view as. • give sb their notice. • give the axe. •
fine vb –A. give the boot. • give the heave-ho. •
become clear. • become thin(ner). • give the push. • give the sack (to)
exact a penalty (from). • impose a fine (infml). • kick out. • lay off. • let fly
on. • make clear. • make pay. • make with. • let go. • let off. • light the fuse.
thin(ner). • punish by fine. • punish by • loose off. • make redundant. • mend
fining. • take away. the fire. • not retain. • open fire. • pay
off. • pull the trigger. • put a match to.
finish vb –AA. • put life into. • send flying. • set
act out. • be all over. • break off. •
ablaze. • set alight. • set fire to. • set
bring down. • bring to a close. • bring
off. • set on fire. • shoot off. • show sb
to a conclusion. • bring to an end. •
the door. • show the door. • spark off.
bring to fruition. • carry out. • carry
• spur on. • stir up. • throw out. •
through. • come to a close. • come to
thrust out. • touch off. • warm to.
a conclusion. • come to an end. • cut
short. • deal with. • dispense with. • fish vb –A.
dispose of. • do away with. • do in angle for. • bait the hook. • bait up. •
(infml). • do up. • drive to the wall. • be after (infml). • bob for. • cast about
end up. • finish off. • get done. • get for. • cast about. • cast around/round.
out of the way. • get rid of. • get • cast your hook. • cast your net. •
through. • give a shine to. • give up. • delve for. • dig for. • drag for. • feel for.
fit 84

• feel in your pockets. • ferret (about/ (infml). • get your revenge on. • give sb
around). • fish for. • fish out. • go fish- their comeuppance (infml). • give sb
ing. • go over. • grope for. • haul out. their just deserts. • hit back at. • hold
• hunt for. • look for. • look high and down. • influence unduly. • inject drugs
low. • make a bid. • pull out. • put out (infml). • knock up (infml). • lay on. •
a trawl. • root about/around. • rum- level at. • make as good as new. • make
mage (about/around/round). • search fast. • make permanent. • make ready.
for. • search your pockets. • try to get. • make sterile. • patch up. • pay back.
fit vb –AA. • pay sb back (infml). • pay sb out
accord with. • agree with. • answer the (infml). • prearrange the result of. •
purpose. • be adapted. • be appropri- predetermine the result of. • provide
ate to. • be apt. • be becoming. • be with. • pull strings (infml). • put back
big enough. • be big/small enough together. • put in order. • put right. •
(for). • be comfortable. • be congruent put to rights. • put together. • put up.
with. • be congruous with. • be conso- • resolve on. • restore to working order.
nant (with). • be expedient. • be in • revenge yourself on. • rustle up
accord. • be in agreement with. • be in (infml). • see about. • see to. • set
keeping. • be just the thing. • be skin right. • set up. • settle accounts with. •
tight. • be small enough. • be the right settle on. • settle sb’s hash (infml). •
shape (for). • be the right/correct size settle the/a score with. • shoot up
(for). • belong to. • concur with. • (infml). • sort out. • sort sb out (infml).
conform to the body. • conform to. • • stack the deck. • straighten up. • sup-
correlate to. • correspond to. • corre- ply with. • take drugs (infml). • take
spond with. • cut down to size. • dove- reprisals against. • take retribution on.
tail with. • fit in. • fit like a glove. • fit • tamper with. • tie down. • work over.
like a second skin. • fit out/up. • fit • wreak vengeance on. • zero in.
right in. • fit tight. • fit to a T. • gear flow vb –A.
to. • give support. • go well. • go with. abound in. • be abundant in. • be
• go together. • have its place. • kit brought about by. • be caused by. • be
out. • knock into shape. • lick into full of. • be produced by. • be rich in. •
shape. • make conform. • make ready. go along. • originate in. • overflow
• make suitable. • mould the figure. • with. • teem with.
permit free movement. • piece to-
fly vb –AAA.
gether. • put in place/position. • put
absent yourself. • be airborne. • be
together. • qualify for. • rig out. • set
gone. • be in motion. • be light. • be
off. • square with. • tally with. • try
near. • be off like a shot (infml). • be on
on.
the wing. • be transient. • be violent. •
fix vb –A. be wafted. • beat a (hasty) retreat. •
accommodate with. • agree on. • ar- beat a retreat. • beat it (infml). • be-
range fraudulently. • arrive at. • come airborne. • blast off. • blow up. •
avenge yourself on. • be revenged on. bug out (infml). • burn rubber (infml).
• buy off. • cook sb’s goose (infml). • • clear off (infml). • clear out (infml).
deal with. • decide on. • fill a prescrip- • cross the sky. • cut and run (infml). •
tion. • find a way. • fix up. • furnish cut out (infml). • do a bunk (infml). •
with. • get back at. • get even with do a disappearing act. • do a runner
(infml). • get your revenge on. • get (infml). • drag ass. • escape from. • fall
your fix (infml). • get your own back into panic. • fall upon (infml). • flatten
(infml). • get your own back on out. • float in the air. • fly aloft. • fly at.
85 follow

• fly by/past. • fly up. • get a move on focus vb –AA.


(infml). • get away. • get cracking address itself to. • bring into focus. •
(infml). • get stuck into (infml). • get bring out. • bring to a focus. • bring to
out of. • give free reign to your emo- a point. • bring to bear. • bring to-
tions. • give vent to your emotions. • gether. • centre on/upon. • fix on. • fix
go by aeroplane. • go by air. • go by your gaze. • focus attention on. • focus
plane. • go hell for leather. • go into upon. • get detail. • have as its starting
orbit. • go like a bat out of hell (infml). point. • pay attention to. • point to. •
• go like lightning. • go like the wind. revolve around. • rivet your eyes. • zero
• go off. • go quickly. • go smoothly. • in (on). • zoom in (on) (infml).
go though (infml). • go up in flames. •
hang over. • hare off (infml). • haul follow vb –AAA.
ass. • have a go at (infml). • have a abide by. • act in accordance with. • act
panic attack. • have hoisted. • have on/upon. • adhere (to). • adopt the
run up. • head for the hills. • hit an air style of. • arise from. • attend to. • at-
pocket. • keep nothing back. • lash out tend upon. • be a consequence of. • be
at. • lay into (infml). • lay rubber a devotee of. • be a fan of. • be a fol-
(infml). • leave hastily/abruptly. • lower of. • be a result of. • be a sup-
leave the ground. • leg it (infml). • let porter of. • be an admirer of. • be atten-
sb have it. • lift off. • light into (infml). tive. • be behind. • be brought about by.
• light out (infml). • loop the loop. • • be bumper to bumper. • be caused by.
lose your temper. • make a break for it. • be consequent on. • be consistent
• make a quick exit. • make a run for with. • be demonstrated. • be devoted
it. • make off. • make your escape. • to. • be guided by. • be hot on sb’s
make your getaway. • make yourself heels. • be in keeping. • be inferior. • be
scare. • move fast. • nose-dive. • pass interested in. • be late. • be loyal to. •
swiftly. • peel out (infml). • pitch into be near. • be produced by. • be proved.
(infml). • plane it (infml). • pounce • be reasonable. • be with sb. • bear in
upon (infml). • power-dive. • press the mind. • beat (a path). • breathe down
panic button. • pull out. • put your your neck. • bring to a finish. • bring to
foot down (infml). • really move. • re- completion. • bring up the rear. • catch
main aloft. • roll on. • run away from. on (infml). • catch on to. • check out.
• run away. • run for it. • run for your • cling to. • come after. • come at your
life. • run from. • run its course. • run call. • come behind/after. • come from.
off. • rush at (infml). • rush past. • • come next. • come to heel. • comply
shoot through (infml). • show a clean with. • conform to. • continue to the
pair of heels (infml). • skim the roof- end. • cultivate an interest in. • defer
tops. • slip away. • slip past. • spank to. • depart from. • do as. • do like. •
along. • step on it (infml). • strike out do likewise. • do your bidding. • dog
at (infml). • take a powder (infml). • your footsteps. • drop behind. • ema-
take flight. • take off. • take the wing. nate from. • ensue from. • fall behind.
• take to flight. • take to the air. • take • figure out (infml). • fill sb’s shoes/
to your heels. • take wing. • take your boots. • find out about. • flow from. •
flight. • tear ass. • tear past. • touch follow after. • follow at heel. • follow
down. • transport by air/plane. • close upon. • follow in the footsteps of.
travel by air. • travel by plane. • travel • follow in the wake of. • follow like a
through the air. • turn tail (infml). • sheep. • follow on. • follow suit. • fol-
turn on. • whip (along) (infml). • wing low the example of. • follow the foot-
its way. • wing your way. prints of. • follow the scent. • follow
force 86

through. • follow to the world’s end. • break into. • break open. • break
follow up. • follow with the eyes. • through. • bring forward. • bring on. •
follow your leader. • get the drift bring pressure to bear on. • bring pres-
(infml). • get the hand of (infml). • get sure to bear upon. • burst in. • burst
the hang of (infml). • get the message open. • bust open. • charge in. • choke
(infml). • get the picture (infml). • get out. • crash in. • cut right through. • do
your head around (infml). • get your violence to. • drive a coach and horses
mind around (infml). • give chase to. • through. • exert force on. • force open.
go along with. • go around with. • go • force your way. • high-pressure. • ill-
behind/after. • go with. • hang treat. • kick in. • kick open. • knock
around. • hang on the skirts of. • hang down. • lever open. • make conform. •
together. • have regard to. • have your obtrude on. • pin down. • press-gang. •
turn. • hold by. • hold fast. • hold wa- prize open. • pry open. • put the bite on
ter. • issue from. • keep abreast of. • (infml). • put the screws on (infml). •
keep an eye on. • keep to. • keep up to put the squeeze on (infml). • put under
date with. • keep up with. • keep after. obligation. • ram down your throat. •
• lag behind. • latch on to (infml). • ride roughshod over. • rush in. • smash
look into. • look for. • make enquiries in. • smoke out. • steam open. • storm
into. • make head or tail of (infml). • in. • strong-arm. • tighten the screws
make after. • make sense. • model on. • trample underfoot. • twist sb’s
yourself on. • move slowly. • pattern arm. • twist your arm. • urge by force.
yourself upon. • pattern yourself on. • • urge forward. • use a bar on. • use
pay attention to. • proceed from. • duress on. • use force on. • use strong-
prove to be true. • result from. • run arm tactics on (infml). • use violence
after. • see sth through. • see the light on.
(infml). • sit on your tail. • spring forget vb –AA.
from. • stand to reason. • step into sb’s almost remember. • banish from your
shoes. • step into the shoes of. • stick thoughts. • be absent-minded. • be for-
like a shadow. • stick to. • string along getful. • be inattentive. • be lenient. •
with (infml). • string along. • style be oblivious. • be unable to recall. • be
yourself on. • suss out (infml). • tag unskilful. • behave improperly. • blank
after. • tag along with (infml). • tag out. • break with the past. • brush off.
along. • take a leaf out of sb’s book • bury the hatchet. • cease to remem-
(infml). • take after. • take as a model. ber. • cease to think of. • clean forget.
• take as a pattern. • take as an ex- • close your eyes to. • declare an am-
ample. • take in. • take on board nesty. • dismiss from the mind. • draw
(infml). • take over from. • take the a blank. • drop it. • drop the idea. •
place of. • take to heart. • take out af- eliminate from your mind. • fail in duty.
ter. • toe the line. • track down. • trail • fail to recall. • fail to remember. • fail
around with. • travel with. • tread in to think of. • fluff your lines. • fluff your
the steps of. • tread on the heels of. • notes. • forget it. • forget your lines. •
tumble to (infml). • wait on/upon. • forget your own name. • forget your
walk behind. • walk in the shoes of. • words. • forget yourself. • forgive and
yield to. forget. • get over. • give up the idea. •
force vb –AAA. go in one ear and out of the other. •
be vigorous. • be violent. • bear down have a memory like a sieve. • have a
upon. • bear hard upon. • beat up. • poor memory. • have a short memory. •
blow open. • blow up. • break in. • have done with. • have no recollection
87 fund

of. • have on the tip of your tongue. • found vb –A.


lay aside. • leave behind. • let bygones bring into being. • get going. • ground
be bygones. • let slip from the memory. in. • hunted down. • lay plans for. • lay
• let slip your mind. • let slip. • lose the foundations of. • put up. • root in.
consciousness of. • lose sight of. • lose • set up. • start to build.
track of. • lose your memory. • make
peace. • miss your cue. • need remind-
free vb –A.
absolve of. • cut loose. • disburden of.
ing. • never mind. • not call to mind.
• get free. • get loose. • get out. • leave
• not give another thought to. • not
hold of. • let go. • let loose. • let off the
know. • not proceed with. • not quite
hook. • let off. • let out of prison. • let
recall. • not remember. • not worry
out. • let slip. • make exempt. • not
about. • omit to take. • pass over. • pay
retain. • open the cage. • pull free. •
no heed to. • put away. • put out of
pull out. • put off. • relax your grip. •
your head. • put out of your mind. •
release your hold. • relieve of. • set at
remember nothing. • remember
large. • set at liberty. • set free. • set
wrongly. • set aside. • shrug off. • shut
loose. • strip of. • turn loose. • unbur-
out. • sink in oblivion. • stop thinking
den of.
about. • suffer from amnesia. • sup-
press the memory. • take no notice of. fund vb –AAA.
• think no more of. • wean your be a patron of. • foot the bill for (infml).
thoughts from. • pay for. • provide capital for. • pro-
vide finance for. • put up the money for.
form vb –AAA.
• put up the tab for (infml).
account for. • act as. • add up to. •
arrive at. • assume definite character- ...
istics. • be a component of. • be a part
of. • be an element of. • be finalized.
• be the whole of. • become a reality.
• become visible. • block out. • bring
about. • bring into being. • bring up. •
come into being. • come into existence.
• come into view. • cut out. • do duty
for. • draw up. • dream up (infml). •
fall into place. • function as. • get go-
ing. • get into (infml). • get into shape.
• grow into. • hammer out. • hew into
shape. • knock into shape. • knock out.
• knock together. • lay the foundations
of. • lick into shape. • line up. • make
conform. • make up. • perform the
function of. • pick up. • prepare for
use. • present itself. • pull into shape.
• punch out. • put into shape. • put
into words. • put together. • put forth.
• reveal itself. • rough-hew. • serve as.
• set up. • shape up. • show itself. •
show up. • slip into. • spring up. • take
on character. • take shape. • think up.
• work on. • work up into. • work up.
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G turn a pretty penny. • turn up trumps. •


use delaying tactics. • use dilatory tac-
tics. • walk away with (infml). • walk
off with (infml). • widen the gap be-
gain vb –AA. tween. • win the jackpot. • win the
acquire more of sth. • add on. • arrive pools. • wind up at (infml).
at. • be awarded. • be early. • be fast.
• be given. • be rewarded. • break the gather vb –AA.
bank. • bring in. • build up. • carry off. be given to understand. • be informed.
• cash in on. • catch sb up. • catch up • be led to believe. • become septic. •
on. • catch up with. • clean up. • close bracket together. • bring together. • call
in on. • coin it. • coin money. • collect together. • call up. • cluster together. •
your profit. • come away with. • come come to a head. • come to the conclu-
by. • come to have. • come to. • come sion. • come together. • draw the infer-
up to. • come back. • come on. • cover ence. • draw together/in. • fill out. •
the ground/territory. • credit to your fish up. • flock in. • flock together. •
account. • creep up on. • do better form pus. • gang up. • gather around.
than. • do well out of. • draw nearer • gather round. • get together. • go into
to. • draw your interest. • earn a divi- a huddle. • hang around. • hang over.
dend. • end up at. • feather your nest. • heap up. • hear tell. • hold a reunion.
• fetch up at. • find the pot of gold at • join together. • lay by. • lay in. • lump
the end of the rainbow. • find useful. • together. • make a crowd. • pick up. •
gain ground. • gain on. • gain time. • pile up. • pour in. • pull in. • put away.
get as far as. • get at. • get by effort. • put by. • put together. • rake up. •
• get further ahead of. • get hold of rally around. • roll call. • roll up. •
(infml). • get more of. • get nearer round up. • rustle up. • scoop up. •
(to). • get paid. • get rich. • get to. • scrunch up. • secrete pus. • set aside. •
get your hands on (infml). • get your squirrel away (infml). • stack up. •
mitts on (infml). • get out of. • go fast. stash away (infml). • summon up. •
• haul in (infml). • have your ship swell the ranks. • swell up. • swoop up.
come home. • hit the jackpot. • in- • take it.
crease in. • land up at. • leave behind. generate vb –A.
• line your pocket(s). • make a bomb. be the author of. • breed stock. • bring
• make a fortune. • make a killing. • about. • bring into being. • bring into
make a mint. • make a packet. • make existence. • bring into the world. •
a pile. • make a profit. • make a scoop. bring on. • bring to pass. • bring up. •
• make capital out of. • make headway. call into being. • cause to exist. • cross-
• make it to. • make money. • make breed. • cross-fertilize. • give birth to.
rapid strides. • make strides. • make • give life to. • give rise to. • lay (an
your pile. • make time. • move fast. • egg). • lead to. • make fruitful. • raise
narrow the gap (between). • pick up. from seed. • result in. • sow the seed of.
• put on the back burner (infml). • put • spark off. • stir up. • support life. •
on. • put the clock forward. • rake in take cuttings. • touch off. • usher into
(infml). • rake in the shekels. • rake it the world. • whip up.
in. • reap a profit. • reap benefits. •
get vb –AAA.
reap financial reward. • reap the ben-
accept delivery of. • avenge yourself on.
efit of. • reap the fruits. • reap the har-
• be a thorn in sb’s flesh (infml). • be
vest. • see your advantage. • sell at a
afflicted by. • be afflicted with. • be
profit. • set foot on. • strike it rich. •
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along. • be disclosed. • be given. • be • make contact with. • make head or


in communication with. • be in receipt tail of. • make it. • make out (infml). •
of. • be paid. • be revenged on. • be make sb scratch their head (infml). •
sent. • be smitten by/with. • be make sb see red (infml). • make sb’s
stricken with. • be struck down with. • blood boil. • make sb’s hackles rise. •
become infected by. • become infected make use of. • pay back. • pay out. •
with. • blow in (infml). • bring around. pay sb back. • pick out. • pick up
• bring in. • build up. • burn up (infml). • piss off. • possess yourself of.
(infml). • buy off. • cajole into. • call • present yourself. • prevail on. • pull
for. • carry away. • carry off. • catch on in (infml). • put behind bars. • put in
(infml). • catch on to (infml). • cause jail. • put out. • put together. • puzzle
to be at a stand (infml). • come along. out. • rake in. • rattle sb’s cage. • read
• come down with. • come in for. • between the lines. • receive a salary of.
come into possession of. • come into. • • retaliate on/against. • return like for
come to be. • come to have. • come by. like. • ring up. • roll in (infml). • roll up
• communicate with. • demand an eye (infml). • rub (sb) up the wrong way. •
for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. • ruffle sb’s feathers. • run in (infml). •
dish up. • drive crazy (infml). • drive rustle up. • set sb thinking. • settle a
mad (infml). • drive nuts (infml). • score with. • settle the score with. •
engineer a way. • exact retribution on. show symptoms of. • show up (infml).
• exact revenge on. • fall heir to. • fall • show your face (infml). • sicken for. •
victim to. • feel sb’s collar (infml). • speak to. • succeed in. • succeed to. •
figure out (infml). • find a way. • fix it. succumb to. • suss out (infml). • take
• get across (infml). • get back at. • get an eye for an eye. • take captive. • take
even with. • get hold of (infml). • get home earnings of. • take home. • take
in sb’s hair (infml). • get in touch with. ill with (infml). • take in. • take into
• get on sb’s nerves (infml). • get on custody. • take possession of. • take
sb’s tits. • get on to. • get ready. • get prisoner. • take receipt of. • take repris-
sb’s back up. • get sb’s dander up als against. • take revenge on. • take
(infml). • get sb’s goat (infml). • get sick with (infml). • take vengeance on.
sb’s hackles up. • get sb’s wick (infml). • talk into. • talk round. • talk to. • tee
• get somewhere (infml). • get the off (infml). • throw in jail. • tick off
hang of (infml). • get the message (infml). • touch to the quick. • travel
(infml). • get the picture (infml). • get by/on/in. • try sb’s patience. • turn up.
to (infml). • get to be. • get under sb’s • wheedle into. • win over. • wind up
skin (infml). • get up sb’s nose (infml). (infml). • work it. • work out. • wreak
• get your hands on (infml). • get your revenge on.
mitts on (infml). • get your own back
give vb –AAA.
on (infml). • get your revenge on. •
ante up (infml). • be a source of. • be
give sb a dose/taste of their own medi-
curved. • be elastic. • be exhausted. •
cine. • give sb the hump (infml). • give
be hospitable. • be lenient. • be liberal.
sb their come-uppance (infml). • give
• be responsible for. • carry out. • cave
sb their just deserts. • give tit for tat. •
in. • come apart. • contribute to. •
go down with. • go for. • hack off
cough up. • deal out. • dish out (infml).
(infml). • haul in (infml). • have an
• dispose of. • dole out. • fall apart. •
effect on. • journey by/on/in. • keep
favour with. • fob off. • fork out. • fork
up with. • knock up (infml). • latch on
over. • furnish with. • furnish your
to (infml). • lay hold of. • lay hands on.
quota. • gift with. • give a present. •
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give a prize. • give alms and oblations. (your) notice. • be given the boot
• give away. • give by will. • give de- (infml). • be given the push (infml). •
tails of. • give free. • give freely. • give be given your cards (infml). • be given.
in the middle. • give money. • give out. • be granted. • be handed (over). • be
• give over. • give sb their due. • give harmonious. • be in constant motion. •
to charity. • give up. • give way. • grant be in working order. • be kept. • be laid
a boon. • grant claims. • grant leave. • off. • be let go. • be located. • be lost
grease the palm. • hand down. • hand to sight. • be lost. • be made over. • be
in. • hand over/out. • hang loose. • made redundant. • be mislaid. • be no
heap upon. • help with money. • more. • be on your way. • be operative.
honour with. • indulge with. • inform • be over. • be presented. • be rotten.
on. • invest with. • kick in. • launch an • be sacked (infml). • be situated. • be
appeal. • lavish upon. • lay on. • lay spent. • be stolen. • be suited. • be
out. • lend to God. • let have. • let out. taken. • be turned off. • be turned over.
• let sb have. • loosen up. • make a • be used up. • beat a retreat. • beat it
present of. • make over. • make sacri- (infml). • bite the dust (infml). • blend
fice. • mete out. • offer up. • open with. • blow over. • breathe your last.
your purse. • palm off. • parcel out. • • buy it (infml). • carry on. • cash in
part with. • pass down. • pass in. • your chips (infml). • cave in. • cease to
pass on. • pass round the hat. • pay exist. • clear off (infml). • clear out. •
towards. • pay tribute. • pay your come out. • come to an end. • come to
share. • place in your hands. • pony up be. • complement each other. • conk
(infml). • portion out. • pour out. • out (infml). • coordinate with each
present with. • provide with. • put into other. • cross the great divide. • cut out
sb’s hands. • put into the hands of. • (infml). • depart this life. • draw your
put up. • put your hand in your pocket. last breath. • ease yourself. • end up. •
• rat on (infml). • render your due. • extend to. • fade away. • fall down. •
result in. • set aside. • set forth. • set fall in. • fall to pieces. • fly by/past. •
out. • share out. • share with. • shell get going. • get the axe/chop (infml). •
out. • show favour. • shower largesse. get the sack (infml). • get under way. •
• shower upon. • sign away. • spare get your marching orders (infml). • get-
for. • stand a round. • stand firm. • up-and-go (infml). • give access. • give
stump up (infml). • supply with. • up the ghost. • give way. • go away. •
swear off. • turn over. • untie the purse go bad. • go bankrupt. • go belly up
strings. (infml). • go bust (infml). • go into re-
ceivership. • go missing. • go off. • go
go vb –AAA.
sour. • go stale. • go the way of the/all
absent yourself. • abstract yourself. •
flesh. • go to the great beyond. • go to
accord with. • answer the call of na-
the lavatory. • go to your last resting
ture. • be allotted. • be applied. • be
place. • go together. • go with each
assigned. • be at an end. • be awarded.
other. • harmonize with. • have a place.
• be axed (infml). • be booted out
• hightail it (infml). • inquire into. •
(infml). • be ceded. • be compatible. •
kick the bucket (infml). • leave no trace.
be complementary. • be consumed. •
• look into. • make a move. • make a
be dead. • be defeated. • be depleted.
noise. • make a sound. • make an exit.
• be designed for. • be devoted. • be
• make off. • make progress. • make
dismissed. • be donated. • be drained.
tracks. • make your way. • make your-
• be exhausted. • be finished. • be
self scarce. • march on. • meet your
fired (infml). • be found. • be given
death. • meet your end. • meet your
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Maker. • melt away. • move on. • move be strong. • be successful. • be turned


out. • move off. • pace up and down. to. • become larger. • branch out. •
• pack your bags (infml). • pan out break all records. • breed stock. • bring
(infml). • pass away. • pass by. • pass on. • build up. • burst forth. • come of
on. • peg out (infml). • pop your clogs age. • come to be. • develop into. •
(infml). • push off (infml). • push on. earn interest. • fill out. • flare up. •
• ramble on. • read over. • relieve gain ground. • gain in value. • gain
yourself. • roll by/past. • run away. • strength. • get better. • get bigger. • get
run its course. • run through. • run off. larger. • get on well. • get taller. • get
• run out. • rush at. • say your to be. • go through the ceiling. • grow
goodbyes. • set off. • set out. • shove by leaps and bounds. • grow larger. •
off. • shuffle off this mortal coil. • sling grow taller. • grow to be. • grow up. •
your hook (infml). • slip away. • slip have its origin. • increase in size. • in-
by/past. • slope off. • snuff it (infml). crease in weight. • jump up. • make
• sound out. • spread to. • spring at/ headway. • make progress. • mount up.
upon. • start out. • start off out. • step • open out. • pile up. • pop up. • puff
down. • stretch to. • suit each other. • out. • push up. • put on weight. • re-
take off (infml). • take your leave. • produce itself. • resolve itself into. •
take yourself off. • talk on and on. • ripen into. • rise in price. • rise to a
tick away. • turn out. • turn up your maximum. • run riot. • shine out. •
toes (infml). • up sticks (infml). • wear shoot up. • spread like wildfire. • spring
on. • wend your way. • work out. • up. • start to feel. • start up. • swell in
work towards. substance. • take form. • take off. •
take shape. • turn into. • wax and
grant vb –AA.
wane. • work up.
accede to. • agree to. • allocate to. •
allot to. • assent to. • assign to. • guarantee vb –A.
award to. • bestow on. • confer on. • act as guarantor. • answer for. • bail
consent to. • contribute to. • donate to. out. • be ready to pick up the tab for
• endow with. • furnish with. • give (infml). • be responsible for. • become
your assent to. • give your permission surety for. • cross your heart (and hope
for. • give way. • go along with. • hand to die). • cross your heart. • give a
on. • hand out to. • hand out. • hand guarantee. • give a pledge. • give an
down. • hold out. • impart to. • pass assurance. • give an undertaking. • give
on. • present to. • present with. • pro- assurances. • give bond. • give earnest
vide with. • supply with. money for. • give security. • give your
word. • go bail for. • go bail. • make
group vb –A.
certain. • make sure. • provide (finan-
band together. • bring together. • club
cial) security for. • provide security for.
together. • come together. • form an
• provide surety for. • put up collateral
alliance. • gather together. • get to-
for. • sign for. • stand behind. • stand
gether. • join forces. • join together. •
good for. • stand surety for. • swear an
join up. • line up. • lump together. •
oath. • swear to the fact. • swear for. •
point off. • pool resources. • pull to-
take an oath. • under-write. • vouch for.
gether. • team up. • work together.
grow vb –AAA. guard vb –A.
be a father to. • be alert (to). • be on
assume the form of. • be broad. • be
the alert (for). • be on the lookout (for).
dear. • be fruitful. • be great. • be high.
• be on the qui vive for. • hold in cus-
• be hot. • be many. • be profitable. •
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tody. • keep a prisoner. • keep a


weather eye. • keep an eye on. • keep
an eye out (for). • keep in view. • keep
safe. • keep tabs on. • keep under
H
hand vb –AA.
guard. • keep under surveillance. •
convey to. • deal out. • deliver to. •
keep vigil. • keep watch (for). • keep
dish out (infml). • dole out. • fork out
watch over. • keep your eyes peeled
(infml). • give out. • give sb a hand. •
(infml). • keep your eyes peeled/
give sb a helping hand. • give sb assis-
skinned for (infml). • keep your eyes
tance. • give to. • give transfer. • give
skinned (infml). • look after. • look
up. • hand down/on. • hand out. •
out. • look to. • ride herd on. • stand
hand over (to). • let sb have. • mete
guard over. • stand over. • take care
out. • pass down. • pass from hand to
(for). • watch over.
hand. • pass on. • pass out. • pass over.
guess vb –AA. • pass to. • present to. • transfer to. •
be given to understand. • be of the turn over.
opinion. • dare say. • form an opinion
handle vb –AA.
of. • half glimpse. • happen upon. •
apply yourself to. • attend to. • be in
have a guess. • have a hunch. • have a
charge of. • carry on. • contend with. •
shot at. • hazard a conjecture. • hazard
cope (with). • deal in. • deal with. •
a guess. • hazard a supposition. • in-
discourse on. • do business in. • do jus-
cline to a view. • jump at a conclusion.
tice to. • do by. • fiddle with. • give
• light on. • lump it. • make a guess at.
your attention to. • go into. • look after.
• make a stab at. • make an estimate
• offer for sale. • pick up. • play with.
of. • not know. • size up (infml). • take
• see to. • sort out. • take care of. •
a leap in the dark. • think likely. • use
take sth in hand. • take on. • toy with.
guesswork. • weigh up. • work on a
• trade in. • traffic in. • write about.
hunch. • work out.
hang vb –AA.
guide vb –A. be all ears for. • be conditional on. • be
be in charge of. • be responsible for the
conditioned by. • be contingent upon. •
education of. • bring in tow. • come
be curved. • be dependent on. • be de-
before. • give advice to. • give counsel
termined by. • be fastened. • be held
to. • give counselling to. • give direc-
aloft. • be high. • be imminent. • be in
tion to. • give information to. • give
mid air. • be in motion. • be indifferent
instruction to. • give intelligence to. •
toward. • be just around the corner
give sb hints. • give sb pointers. • give
(infml). • be loose. • be pendent. • be
sb tips. • have a role. • have control of.
poised. • be rapt by. • be suspended. •
• lead on. • lead the dance. • lead the
be very attentive to. • bend downwards.
way (to). • make recommendations to.
• bend forwards. • bend over. • bring to
• make suggestions to. • open the ball.
the gallows. • cleave to. • concentrate
• play a leading part /role. • play a
hard on. • deck out. • do out (infml). •
part. • point the way. • preside over. •
do up (infml). • drape on the wall. •
show sb the way. • show the way. •
draw near. • execute by hanging. • fas-
take charge of. • take control of.
ten on. • fix on. • get the hang of. • get
... up (infml). • give ear to. • give in the
middle. • glue on. • hang about. • hang
around. • hang back. • hang by the
neck until dead. • hang by the neck. •
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hang down. • hang fire. • hang in the fortune to. • have the good/bad luck. •
wind. • hang on (infml). • hang on to. have the ill fortune/luck. • hit on. • hit
• hang out in (infml). • hang out with. sb like a ton of bricks. • hold its course.
• hang over. • hang up. • hang your • light on. • light upon. • meet by
head. • have the hang of. • have the chance. • more or less equivalent to
knack of. • hinge on. • hold fast to. • happen. • occur unexpectedly. • pan
hold on. • hold the line. • hook up. • out. • pass off. • pop up. • present it-
keep company with. • lean over. • let self. • prove to be. • run across. • run
droop. • let fall. • listen closely to. • against. • run into. • see the light of
nail on the wall. • nail up. • not care day. • spring up. • start up. • stumble
about. • not give a hang about. • paste on. • stumble upon. • take effect. • take
up. • pin up. • put in a sling. • put on its course. • take place. • turn out. •
a clothesline. • put on a hook. • put the turn up. • work out.
noose on. • put to death. • put up. •
hate vb –A.
remain static. • rest on. • send to the
bare your fangs. • be cold about. • be
electric chair. • send to the gallows. •
disgusted with. • be disinclined. • be
send to the gibbet. • send to the scaf-
down on. • be hostile to. • be insolent.
fold. • shrink back. • stay back. • stay
• be loath. • be malevolent. • be reluc-
in the background. • stay up. • stick
tant. • be repelled by. • be revengeful.
on. • stick up. • stir in the wind. •
• be revolted by. • be set against. • be
string up (infml). • swing from. • tack
sick of. • be sorry. • be sullen. • be tired
up. • tart up (infml). • trick out. • wait
of. • be unable to abide. • be unable to
a minute.
bear. • be unable to stand. • be unable
happen vb –AAA. to stomach. • be unwilling. • bear a
be born. • be found. • be just so. • be grudge (against). • bear hatred. • bear
past. • be present. • be realized. • be malice. • become disenchanted with. •
sb’s fortune (to). • be sb’s misfortune breathe revenge. • can’t bear. • can’t
(to). • be so. • be the case. • be the stand. • can’t stomach. • cherish a
fate of. • be the lot of. • be true. • be grudge. • conceive a hatred for. • cry
visited on. • be your good fortune / out for revenge. • disapprove of. • dis-
misfortune. • be your great chance. • like intensely. • esteem slightly. • fall
be your luck. • become a fact. • be- out of love. • feel aversion towards. •
come known. • become of. • blunder feel disinclined. • feel envy. • feel hos-
on. • bring about. • bring to light. • tile towards. • feel malice toward. • feel
bump into (infml). • chance on. • repulsion for. • feel revulsion towards.
chance upon. • come about. • come • feel sick at. • find abhorrent. • find
across. • come after. • come and go. • intolerable. • find loathsome. • find
come around. • come face to face with. obnoxious. • flinch from. • get on your
• come forth. • come into being. • high horse. • give black looks. • hate
come into existence. • come off like poison. • hate sb’s guts (infml). •
(infml). • come on. • come round. • hate your guts. • have a down on. •
come to mind. • come to pass. • come have an aversion to/towards. • have
up. • crop up. • dig up (infml). • dis- enough of. • have ill feelings towards. •
cover unexpectedly. • fall out. • fall to have it in for. • have no liking for. •
your lot. • find by chance. • find unex- have no love for. • have no stomach for.
pectedly. • fulfil expectations. • go off. • have no taste for. • have no use for. •
• go on. • have the bad fortune to. • hold accursed. • hold aloof from. • hold
have the fortune to be. • have the good cheap. • hold in contempt. • hold in
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horror. • keep clear of. • look at with orders to. • go along with. • go
loathing. • look coldly upon. • look through. • have evidence against. •
daggers at. • look down upon. • look have experience of. • have got to. •
down your nose. • not be able to bear/ have in your possession. • have to your
stand. • not care for. • not choose. • name. • hold with (infml). • induce to.
not endure. • not have the heart (to). • invite over. • invite round. • invite to
• not like. • not relish the idea. • nurse a meal. • invite to a party. • keep for
resentment. • object to. • owe a your use. • keep in mind. • keep in
grudge to. • promise vengeance. • pull your mind. • knock back (infml). • lay
back from. • put off. • quail from. • on. • make arrangements for. • make
recoil at. • recoil from. • regard with preparations for. • oblige to. • order to.
disgust. • revolt against. • revolt from. • pack away (infml). • partake of. •
• shrink from. • shudder at. • shy away pencil in. • permit to. • persuade to. •
from. • sicken at. • speak ill of. • spit plan for. • play a joke on. • play a trick
upon. • steer clear of. • struggle on. • prepare for. • prevail upon sb to.
against. • swear eternal enmity. • think • prevail upon. • pull a fast one on
nothing of. • turn away from. • turn (infml). • pull sb’s leg. • put away
from. • turn to hate. • turn up your (infml). • put on. • put one over on
nose at. • view with dislike. • view (infml). • put up with. • put up. • re-
with horror. • wince from. • wish to quest to. • require to. • rip off. • run
abstain from. • wish to avoid. into. • scarf (down/up) (infml). • scoff
(down) (infml). • set up. • show hos-
have vb –AAA.
pitality to. • snarf (down/up) (infml).
allow to. • ask over. • ask round. • ask
• suffer from. • take in (infml). • take
to. • be a martyr to (infml). • be a suf-
receipt of. • take to the cleaners
ferer from. • be affected by. • be af-
(infml). • tell to. • tuck away. • wine
flicted by. • be blessed with. • be
and dine.
bound to. • be brought to bed of. • be
clothed in. • be compelled to. • be head vb –AA.
composed of. • be delivered of. • be aim for. • be at the front of. • be at the
doing with (infml). • be duty-bound to. head of. • be at the helm of. • be bound
• be faced with. • be forced to. • be for. • be first. • be high. • be in charge
formed of. • be given. • be host to. • be of. • be in command of. • be in control
in possession of. • be made up of. • be of. • be in front. • be in the van. • be
obliged to. • be required to. • be sent. the boss of. • be the leader of. • block
• be subjected to. • be suffering from. off. • butt away. • come before. • come
• be the (proud) possessor of. • be the first. • come to the fore. • come to the
owner of. • be troubled with. • be un- front. • direct your steps towards. •
der an obligation to. • be up to. • be direct your steps towards. • forge
wearing. • bear in mind. • bring forth. ahead. • go first. • go in the direction
• bring into the world. • cater for. • of. • go to. • go towards. • head for. •
cause to. • coerce to. • come across. • head off. • head the queue. • lead the
come by. • command to. • compel to. way for. • lead the way. • make a bee-
• consist of. • count among your pos- line for. • make for. • make your way
sessions. • direct to. • dispose of towards. • move towards. • point your-
(infml). • double-cross. • drink empty. self towards. • preside over. • push
• enjoin to. • fall on. • fix up. • force away. • set off for. • set out for. • set
to. • get outside of (infml). • get to. • out in the direction of. • start out for. •
give a bed to. • give birth to. • give start towards. • steer for. • steer to-
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wards. • stop in mid-course. • take the use your ears.


lead. • turn towards. • ward off. heat vb –A.
hear vb –AAA. add fuel to the flames. • become ani-
adjudicate (on). • adjust the receiver. mated. • become enraged. • become
• answer the phone. • attend to. • be excited. • become feverish. • become
a fly on the wall. • be advised. • be all hot. • become hotter. • become impas-
ears (infml). • be attentive. • be curi- sioned. • become warm. • become
ous. • be given to understand. • be in- warmer. • begin to pant. • bring to the
formed. • be led to believe. • be made boil. • burst into flame. • excite love. •
aware (of). • be mindful. • be told of. get angry. • get annoyed. • get hotter. •
• be told. • become aware of. • catch get warmer. • grew angry. • grew fierce.
a sound. • come to your ears. • devour • grew passionate. • grew vehement. •
sb’s words. • drink in. • examine by grow hot. • grow passionate. • grow
ear. • find out. • get an earful. • get vehement. • grow warm. • heat up. •
the signal. • get to hear of. • get wind hot up (infml). • increase in tempera-
of (infml). • get wind. • get wise to. • ture. • keep the cold out. • make angry.
get word. • give a ruling on. • give at- • make hot. • make violent. • make
tention. • give audience. • give ear to. warm. • make your blood boil. • pro-
• grant an interview. • hang on the lips vide heating. • put on the fire. • raise
of. • have all your senses. • have an the temperature of. • raise to fever
account. • have feeling. • have it on pitch. • record a higher temperature. •
good authority. • have the auditory fac- reduce the temperature. • rise in tem-
ulty. • have the faculty of hearing. • perature. • rub your hands. • set fire to.
have the sense of hearing. • hear con- • stamp your feet. • stir up. • stoke up.
fession. • hear it on/through the grape- • subject to heat. • take the chill off. •
vine. • hear it said. • hear of. • hear thaw out. • turn on the heat. • use a
say. • hear tell of. • hear tell. • hear the blowtorch on. • warm the blood. •
case. • hold court. • incline your ear. • warm up. • whip up. • work up.
inquire into. • keep your ear to the help vb –AAA.
ground. • keep your ears open. • lap aid and abet. • back up. • bail/bale sb
up. • latch on to (infml). • learn by ear. out. • be compelled to. • be expedient.
• learn by general report. • lend an ear • be instrumental. • be obliged to. • be
to. • lift the receiver. • lip-read. • lis- of assistance to. • be of assistance. • be
ten at keyholes. • listen in. • listen to. of help to. • be of service to. • be of
• listen with both ears. • make out. • some help. • be of use (to). • be to the
not allow. • not hear of. • pass judge- purpose. • be useful to. • bear a hand.
ment on. • perceive by the ear. • per- • by God. • cannot fail to. • cannot help
ceive sound. • perceive the sound of. • but. • cannot help yourself. • chip in. •
pick up a message. • pick up. • prepare come to sb’s rescue. • come to the aid
to hear. • preside over. • prick up your of. • come to the rescue. • contribute to.
ears. • put on trial. • put your ear to. • cooperate with. • do good. • do ones
• read loud and clear. • receive infor- bit for. • do sb a favour. • do sb a good
mation. • refuse to consider. • sit in turn. • do sb a service. • do your part.
judgement on. • sit in on. • strain your • donate to. • expedite your end. • fur-
ears. • summon to court. • switch on. ther the interests of. • further your pur-
• take cognizance of. • take in. • tap pose. • get sb out of a tight spot (infml).
the line. • tap the wires. • try a case. • get stuck in with (infml). • give a
• try the cause. • tune in. • tune to. • boost to. • give a donation to. • give a
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hand. • give a helping hand. • give a put in concealment. • put in lavender. •


lift. • give assistance to. • give backing put out of sight. • put out of the way. •
to. • give help to. • give help. • give put the lid on. • render invisible. • re-
money to. • give sb a leg up (infml). • tire from sight. • salt away. • seal your
go to bat for. • have a need to. • have lips. • seclude yourself. • secrete your-
to. • help along. • help on. • help out. self. • shield from. • shut yourself up. •
• help with money. • helping hand. • stand aloof. • stay in hiding. • store
intercede for. • keep from. • lend a away. • stow away. • take cover. • take
(helping) hand to. • lend a hand. • refuge in a hiding place. • throw a veil
make better. • make free with. • min- over. • travel incognito. • tuck away.
ister to. • muck in with (infml). • pay hit vb –AAA.
towards. • pitch in. • rally round. • affect badly. • aim well. • arrive at. •
refrain from. • save sb’s bacon (infml). bang into. • barrel into (infml). • bat
• save sb’s skin (infml). • side with. • around. • be on good terms with. • be
stand by. • stick up for. • take in tow. on good terms. • be on the same wave-
• take possession of. • take under your length (infml). • beat the living day-
wing. • tend to. • wait on. • walk off lights out of (infml). • become friends.
with (infml). • work for. • blast sb. • box off. • box sb’s ears. •
hide vb –A. box the ears. • bump into. • butt into.
avoid notice. • be a stowaway. • be • cannon into. • catch the eye. • chance
cautious. • be concealed. • be cow- on. • clash with. • climb to. • collide
ardly. • be in hiding. • be latent. • be with. • come into your consciousness. •
unseen. • block out. • blot out. • bottle come to mind. • come to. • come up
up. • change your identity. • conceal with. • come upon. • crash against. •
from sight. • conceal yourself. • cover crash into. • cross your mind. • dawn
up. • cover your traces. • cover your on. • do harm to. • enter your head. •
tracks. • disguise yourself. • find a hid- enter your mind. • fetch sb a blow. •
ing-place. • go into hiding. • go to find things in common. • flash across
earth. • go to ground. • go under- your mind. • get on (well) with. • get
ground. • hide away. • hide out. • hold on good terms with. • get on like a
back. • hold yourself aloof. • hole up house on fire (infml). • get on well. •
(infml). • hush up. • keep a/the lid on get on. • give a black eye. • give sb a
(infml). • keep dark. • keep from. • (good) beating. • give sb a (good) drub-
keep hidden. • keep in ignorance. • bing. • give sb a (good) hiding (infml).
keep in the background. • keep in the • have a negative effect on. • have a
dark. • keep in the rear. • keep mum negative impact on. • have an effect on.
(about) (infml). • keep on the safe • have the intended effect. • hit at. • hit
side. • keep out of sight. • keep out of home. • hit it off. • hit on all fours. • hit
the limelight. • keep out of the way. • on/upon. • hit out at. • hit safe. • hit
keep quiet about. • keep secret. • keep the mark. • hit the nail on the head. •
shady. • keep under cover. • keep un- hit upon. • impact on. • impinge on. •
der your hat (infml). • keep under- kick around. • kick at. • king-hit
ground. • keep unknown. • lay bare. • (infml). • knock against. • knock back
lie close. • lie dormant. • lie hidden. • (infml). • knock for six (infml). • knock
lie in ambush. • lie in wait. • lie low. • into the middle of next week (infml). •
lie snug. • lock up. • not give away. • knock into. • knock sideways (infml). •
not tell. • obstruct the view of. • put in knock the stuffing out of (infml) get to.
a hiding-place. • put in a safe place. • • lace into (infml). • land a blow. • lash
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out at. • lay into (infml). • lay low. • close. • keep down. • keep fast. • keep
lay one on (infml). • leave a mark on. for yourself. • keep going. • keep in
• let fly at. • let have it. • let sb have hand. • keep low. • keep off. • keep
it (infml). • light on. • make a dent in. possession of. • keep under constraint.
• make a hit. • make a homer. • make • keep under lock and key. • keep up. •
an impact on. • make an impression let go. • lock up. • maintain a grasp on.
on. • make suffer. • meet head-on. • • maintain your position. • never let go.
nail sb on. • not hold your punches. • • not give away. • not let go. • not lose
occur to. • pitch into (infml). • place strength. • not sell. • officiate at. • pre-
right. • plant a blow. • plough into. • side over. • prop up. • put away (infml).
rail against. • rain blows on. • reach • put behind bars. • put in jail. • put in
the target. • ride roughshod over. • rip prison. • put inside (infml). • put on
a double. • rip a single. • rip a triple. show. • put under arrest. • refrain from.
• run against. • run into. • smack into. • refuse to disclose. • regard as. • re-
• smash into. • spring to mind. • stand main available. • remain in force. • re-
out. • stick one on (infml). • strike main true. • remain unchanged. • re-
down. • strike home. • strike out at. • main valid. • restrain yourself. • retain
stumble on. • sucker-punch. • swing ownership of. • retain possession of. •
at. • take a swing at. • take to each ring true. • run in. • set back. • shore
other. • think of. • warm to each other. up. • shut up. • slow down. • speak at
• win to. length. • stand fast. • stand firm. •
stand the test. • stand your ground. •
hold vb –AAA. stave off. • stick close. • stick fast. •
agree with. • approve of. • be in effect. stick up (infml). • stop dead in your
• be in force. • be in operation. • be in tracks. • stop in your tracks. • stop
possession of. • be in. • be of the opin- short. • stop yourself. • subscribe to the
ion. • be the case. • be the owner of. • opinion. • take a grip on. • take a hold
bolster up. • carry on. • cling to. • fas- on. • take charge of. • take hold of. •
ten upon. • go on. • hang on (infml). take in. • take into custody. • take it. •
• hang on to. • have a capacity for. • take the view. • treat as. • ward off.
have a capacity of. • have a firm grip
on. • have a firm hold of. • have an hope vb –AAA.
iron grip on. • have and hold. • have in aim high. • bank on. • be ambitious. •
hand. • have in your hand. • have in be assured. • be bent upon. • be cheer-
your possession. • have room for. • ful. • be confident. • be convinced. • be
have seats for. • have space for. • have early. • be hopeful of. • be in hopes. •
the capacity for. • have to your name. be looking. • be prepared for. • be reas-
• hold down. • hold fast. • hold good. sured. • be relieved. • be sure of. • buck
• hold in check. • hold in custody. • up. • calculate on. • catch at a straw. •
hold in leash. • hold in your arms. • cherish the hope. • cling to hope. •
hold in your grasp. • hold off. • hold on count on. • count your chickens before
to. • hold on. • hold out. • hold tight. they are hatched. • cross your fingers. •
• hold to be true. • hold to ransom. • deem likely. • delude yourself. • depend
hold true. • hold up. • hold water. • on. • doubt not. • dream of. • entertain
hold within. • hold your hand. • hold hope. • feel assured. • feel confident. •
your own. • keep a firm hold on. • feel hope. • flatter yourself. • have a
keep a grasp on. • keep a tight hold/ hope. • have confidence. • have expec-
rein on. • keep at a low level. • keep at tations. • have faith. • have high hopes.
bay. • keep back. • keep by you. • keep • have in mind. • have the/every inten-
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tion. • hold in prospect. • hope against pain to. • cause pain. • cause sorrow. •
hope for. • hope against hope. • hope cause suffering. • cause trauma. • cut
and believe. • hope for the best. • hope to the quick. • cut up. • do an injury. •
for. • hope in. • hope on. • indulge in do evil. • do harm (to). • do sb a hurt.
wishful thinking. • keep cheerful. • • do sb a mischief. • do violence. • do
keep hope alive. • keep smiling. • keep wrong. • draw tears. • foul up (infml).
your fingers crossed. • keep your spir- • give no quarter. • give offence to. •
its up. • lean on. • live in hopes. • look give pain. • give sb the works. • hurt
ahead. • look for. • look forward to. • sb’s feelings. • hurt the feelings. • ill-
look on the bright side. • look on the treat. • inflict pain. • lay a finger on. •
sunny side. • make plans for. • never lay up. • lay about sb. • make matters
despair. • never give up hope. • never worse. • make unhappy. • not respect.
say die. • not despair. • not despond. • • open the wound. • pierce the heart. •
nourish hope. • nurse hope. • pin your plant a thorn in your side. • plant an
hopes on. • pluck up hope. • promise arrow in your breast. • plunge into sor-
yourself. • put your trust in. • raise row. • prolong the agony. • put out. •
your eyes to. • reckon on. • recover re-open old wounds. • rip up. • rub salt
hope. • refuse to give up hope. • rely in the wound. • rub up the wrong way.
on. • remain hopeful. • renew hope. • • ruffle the dignity. • ruffle your feath-
rest assured. • rest on the hope. • see ers. • run over. • touch a soft spot. •
it coming. • see life through rose- tread on your corns. • wound the feel-
coloured spectacles. • see light at the ings.
end of the tunnel. • see no cause for ...
despair. • set your heart on. • stand
firm. • take as a certainty. • take heart.
• take hope. • think to. • trust in. •
wait for. • watch for. • wish for.
house vb –AAA.
find a place for. • find room for. • give
a bed to. • give accommodation to. •
give sb a roof over their head. • have
capacity for. • have room for. • have
space for. • keep safe. • make room for.
• make space for. • provide a roof over
sb’s head. • provide accommodation
for. • provide shelter for. • provide with
a place to sleep. • provide with a place
to work. • provide with accommoda-
tion. • put sb up. • put up. • take in.
hurt vb –AA.
be bruised. • be detrimental to. • be
hurtful to. • be killing (infml). • be
painful. • be playing up (infml). • be
sore. • be tender. • be to your disad-
vantage. • break up. • bring grief to
your heart. • bring tears to your eyes.
• cause anguish. • cause discomfort. •
cause feeling. • cause injury to. • cause
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I take no account of. • take no notice of.


• turn a blind eye to. • turn a deaf ear
to. • turn your back on.
identify vb –AA. illustrate vb –A.
associate with. • be in sympathy. • be add drawings to. • add pictures to. •
in tune. • be on the same wavelength add sketches to. • bring home. • cite a
as. • call to mind. • consider sb/sth to case in point. • get across (infml). • get
be. • draw a comparison. • draw a par- over. • give an example. • give evi-
allel with. • empathize with. • equate dence. • give particulars. • make clear.
with. • feel at one. • feel for. • feel • make plain. • point up. • provide art-
togetherness. • ferret out. • figure out work for. • sum up.
(infml). • find out. • get a fix on imagine vb –AA.
(infml). • give a name to. • have a rap- be false. • be inattentive. • be of the
port (with). • have insight into. • iden- opinion that. • be of the view. • be un-
tify sb as. • identify with. • know der the impression. • be untrue. • build
again. • know by sight. • make as one. castles in Spain. • build castles in the
• make certain of. • make no differ- air. • build Utopias. • conceive a plan.
ence. • make out. • mention in the • conjure up a vision. • conjure up. •
same breath as. • not discriminate. • dare say. • draw on your imagination. •
not distinguish. • pick out. • pin down. dream about. • dream dreams. • dream
• point out. • put a name to. • put the up. • enter into. • fantasize about. • fig-
finger on (infml). • put your finger on ure to yourself. • form a mental picture
(infml). • put yourself in the shoes of of. • form a picture of. • form an image
(infml). • recognize no distinction. • of. • give reins to your imagination. • go
reduce to. • regard as being identical wool-gathering. • have an inspiration. •
to. • regard as being the same as. • indulge in reverie. • indulge in wishful
relate to. • respond to. • set side by thinking. • just suppose. • let your mind
side with. • single out. • smell out. • wander. • let your thoughts wander. •
speak the same language as. • talk the let your wits go bird-nesting. • make
same language as. • tar with the same believe. • make up. • paint in words. •
brush. • think of in connection with. • picture to yourself. • play with your
think of together. • treat as one. • treat thoughts. • represent to yourself. • run
as the same. riot in imagination. • see in the mind’s
ignore vb –A. eye. • see in your mind. • see things. •
be oblivious to. • brush aside. • bury see visions. • take it as given. • take it
your head in the sand. • cold-shoulder. as read. • take it for granted. • take it.
• cut dead (infml). • fail to comply • think it likely. • think of. • think up.
with. • fail to observe. • fly in the face • use your imagination. • what if. •
of. • freeze out. • give sb the brush off write a pen portrait of.
(infml). • give sb the cold shoulder. • imply vb –A.
give sb the go-by. • give the cold shoul- add up to. • allude to. • be allusive. •
der to. • knock back. • leave out. • be intrinsic. • boil down to. • carry a
look past. • look right through. • look suggestion. • consist of. • convey the
the other way. • never mind. • pass impression. • drop a hint. • give sb to
over. • pass up (infml). • pay no atten- believe. • give sb to understand. • give
tion/heed to. • push aside. • send to to understand. • hint at. • just mention.
Coventry. • set aside. • shrug off. • • leave an inference. • leave sb to
shut your eyes to. • steer clear of. • gather. • let fall. • let on. • make likely.
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• make out (infml). • mention in pass- • make larger. • make progress. • make
ing. • point to. • say by the way. • say rich. • make strides. • perk up. • pick
in your ear. • say indirectly. • stand for. up. • polish up. • profit by. • pull your
• touch upon. socks up (Brit. infml). • put right. • put
up. • regain your strength/health. • set
impose vb –AA.
right. • shape up. • show improvement.
be a burden on. • break in. • bring into
• sleep (sth) off. • snap out of it. •
effect. • bring to bear. • burden with.
spruce up. • step up. • straighten out. •
• butt in (infml). • clap on. • command
take a new lease on life. • take a turn
respect. • fob off. • foist yourself. •
for the better (infml). • take on a new
force yourself. • horn in (on). • ill-
lease of life (infml). • take steps for-
treat. • impose a duty. • inflict punish-
ward. • throw off. • touch up. • turn
ment. • inspire respect. • land sb with
over a new leaf. • turn the corner
(infml). • lay on. • lay upon. • load
(infml). • turn to good account.
with. • lumber sb with. • make obliga-
tory. • make ready. • palm off. • place include vb –AAA.
on. • play on. • prey on. • print off. • add on. • allow for. • be composed of.
pull the wool over (somebody’s) eyes. • be made up of. • be outside of. • build
• put on. • put out. • put to trouble. • in. • consist of. • count in. • give con-
saddle on. • saddle sb with (infml). • sideration to. • make a part of. • make
set a task. • set up in type. • stake lib- allowance for. • make room for. • make
erties with. • strike with awe. • take up. • number among. • put in. • take
advantage of. • take disciplinary ac- account of. • take in. • take into ac-
tion. • take for granted. • take liber- count. • take into consideration. •
ties. • thrust yourself. • treat unfairly. throw in. • work in.
• walk all over (infml). increase vb –AAA.
improve vb –A. add on. • add to. • become greater. •
add to. • be on the mend (infml). • be beef up. • build up. • bump up. • come
on the road to recovery. • be on the up on. • crank up. • get bigger. • get larger.
and up (infml). • be superior. • be the • go up. • grow bigger. • grow greater.
better for. • be the making of. • be- • grow larger. • hike up. • jack up. •
come better. • benefit by. • brush up. • make better. • make bigger. • make
bump up (infml). • change for the bet- greater. • make larger. • make worse. •
ter. • clean up your act (infml). • come mark up. • mount up. • open out. • pile
along. • come around. • come on. • up. • raise the ante. • rev up. • shoot
crank up. • do good. • find useful. • fix up. • step up (infml). • top up.
up. • gain by. • gain ground. • gain indicate vb –AA.
strength. • get along. • get back on add up to. • attract notice. • be a sign
your feet. • get better. • get it together of. • be a symptom of. • be evidence of.
(infml). • get on. • get your act to- • be symptomatic of. • be the sign of. •
gether (infml). • get over sth. • get be visible. • bear the marks of. • bear
well. • give a face-lift to (infml). • give the stamp of. • bear witness to. • bring
a facelift to (infml). • give a good go- to notice. • come before. • come out
ing over. • give colour to. • go one bet- with (infml). • direct your attention. •
ter. • go straight. • grow better. • have draw attention to. • drive at. • furnish
a good effect. • hike up (infml). • im- with references. • gesture towards. •
prove on. • jack up (infml). • look up give a guided tour. • give a name to. •
(infml). • make better. • make bigger. give away. • give evidence of. • hint at.
• make capital out of. • make headway.
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• inform against. • lay the finger on. • make an impression. • make better. •
let on. • make (it) known. • make an make or mar. • make your presence felt.
index. • make known. • mark out. • • make your voice heard. • make your-
mark off. • point out. • point the finger. self felt. • militate against. • operate
• point the way. • point to. • point to- upon. • play a leading part /role. • play
wards. • put it on record. • put on the a part. • play upon. • prevail over. •
right track. • show around. • show prevail upon. • pull its weight. • pull
over. • show signs of. • show the way. rank on (infml). • pull strings with
• smack of. • smell of. • stand for. • (infml). • pull the strings. • pull your
supply references. • supply with refer- weight. • put pressure on. • set the ex-
ences. • testify to. • witness to. ample. • set the fashion. • show its re-
sult. • show your power. • soften up. •
influence vb –AA.
sway your belief. • take effect. • talk
act on/upon. • argue into. • assert
into. • talk round. • tell upon. • throw
yourself. • attract notice. • be a factor
your weight into the scale. • tower over.
in. • be a trend-setter. • be influential.
• turn the scale. • twist around your
• be instrumental. • be listened to. •
little finger. • twist sb’s arm (infml). •
be obeyed. • be recognized. • be re-
use your influence. • wear the pants. •
lated. • be successful. • be superior. •
wear the trousers. • weigh in. • win
be the making of. • be the model for. •
over. • wind around your little finger. •
be vigorous. • be well-connected. •
work on. • work upon.
bear upon. • bend to your will. • bend
to. • bring pressure to bear on. • bring inform vb –A.
round. • buy off. • carry weight with. announce to. • be a Judas to. • be indis-
• carry weight. • carry with you. • cast creet. • be loquacious. • be specific. •
a long shadow. • come before. • com- beg to advise. • betray sb. • betray the
mand influence. • cut ice. • dissemi- secret. • blab on. • blow the gaff. •
nate propaganda. • establish a trend. • blow the whistle (on) (infml). • blurt
exercise influence. • exert influence out. • break the news. • bring sb up to
(on). • gain a hold upon. • gain the date. • clue up (infml). • clue in. • com-
confidence of. • gain your confidence. municate to. • direct your attention. •
• get at. • get into favour. • have a dispatch news. • do the dirty on sb
bearing on. • have a finger in the pie. (infml). • double-cross. • drop a/the
• have a good influence. • have a hold dime on (infml). • entrust with informa-
on. • have a part in. • have a role. • tion. • familiarize with. • fill in (infml).
have a say in. • have a side effect. • • fill sb in on. • fill with information. •
have a voice. • have an effect on. • get confidential. • give information. •
have clout. • have effect. • have give (sb) to understand. • give away. •
friends at court. • have friends in high give fair warning. • give notice. • give
places. • have in your pocket. • have in sb a Judas kiss. • give sb the facts. •
your power. • have influence over. • give the inside story to (infml). • give
have pull. • have sb by the short hairs. the low-down to (infml). • give to un-
• have the ear of. • have the inside derstand. • give notice. • grass on
track. • have under your thumb. • have (infml). • have sb know. • impart to. •
weight. • have your ear. • hold in the implicate an accomplice. • inform
palm of your hand. • impact on. • against. • keep posted. • lay informa-
know the right people. • lead by the tion against sb/sth (before). • leak in-
nose. • lead the dance. • lead to be- formation. • leak to. • leave word. • let
lieve. • lean on. • lobby through. • know. • let sb know. • let the cat out of
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the bag. • make conversant. • make mindful. • be plotting. • be resolute. •


knowledgeable. • make ready. • men- be resolved (to). • be willing. • devote
tion in passing. • mention privately. • to. • dream of. • ear-mark. • foresee
name names. • open the eyes. • open the necessity of. • form a plan. •
the mind. • open your mouth. • pass on harbour a design. • have a mind to. •
information. • peach on. • point out. • have a purpose. • have an eye to. •
point the bone at (infml). • provide in- have at heart. • have designs on. •
formation. • put in the picture. • put have every intention. • have in mind. •
right. • put sb in the picture (infml). • have in view. • have plans. • have re-
put sb wise (infml). • put sb’s pot on gard to. • have resolved. • have set out.
(infml). • put the finger on (infml). • • have the intention. • hold for. • hold
rat on (infml). • rat out (infml). • refer in view. • hope for. • hope to. • intend
to. • relate to. • report against. • report for yourself. • intend for. • keep for. •
on. • sell down the river (infml). • sell keep in sight. • keep in view. • look for.
down the river. • sell out. • sell sb • make a resolution. • make it your
down the river. • send news. • send aim. • make it your business. • make
word to. • serve notice. • set right. • up your mind. • mark down for. • mean
set straight. • snitch on (infml). • speak to. • plan for. • promise yourself. • put
of. • spill the beans (infml). • spill the aside for. • really mean. • reckon on. •
beans about sb/sth to (infml). • split reserve for. • resolve beforehand. •
on. • spread rumours. • squeal on seek to. • set apart. • set your heart on.
(infml). • stab in the back. • stitch up • set your mind on. • set your sights
(infml). • tell on (infml). • tell tales on. • take into your head. • take on
(about) (infml). • tell the authorities yourself. • think of. • threaten to.
about. • tell the police about. • throw
interest vb –A.
light on. • tip off (infml). • tip the wink
appeal to. • arouse sb’s interest in. •
to (infml). • touch on. • turn King’s/
arouse your curiosity. • attract notice.
Queen’s evidence. • turn state’s evi-
• be attractive to. • be important. • be
dence.
of interest to. • be related. • catch your
insist vb –AA. eye. • deal with. • engage your atten-
abide by. • be determined. • be em- tion. • float sb’s boat (infml). • hold the
phatic. • be firm. • be resolute. • brook attention to. • hold your attention. •
no refusal. • give terms. • hang in there light sb’s fire (infml). • make sb laugh.
(infml). • hold on. • hold out for. • • persuade to buy. • take sb out of
hold out. • insist on. • keep on at sb. • themselves. • tickle sb’s fancy (infml).
lay down the law. • make a stand. • • vested interest. • whet your appetite.
make demands. • not give up. • not
interview vb –A.
retract. • not take no for an answer. •
ascertain the opinions of. • confer with.
press for. • put your foot down (infml).
• consult with. • converse with. •
• show determination. • speak out. •
cross-examine. • get sth for the record.
stand firm. • stand up for yourself. •
• get your opinion. • give audience. •
stand your ground. • stick it out
give the third degree to (infml). • grant
(infml). • stick to your guns (infml). •
an interview. • have a dialogue with. •
take a stand.
have a discussion with. • hold a meet-
intend vb –AA. ing with. • hold an inquiry. • put ques-
aim at. • aim for. • aim high. • be af- tions to. • sound out. • talk to. • write
ter. • be bent upon. • be determined up.
(to). • be going. • be looking. • be
103 involve

introduce vb –AA. check up on. • conduct an enquiry. •


acquaint with. • break the ice. • bring conduct an inquiry into. • conduct an
in. • bring into being. • bring into con- investigation into. • cross-examine. •
tact with. • bring up. • bring forward. delve into. • dig down into. • dig into.
• carry in. • come before. • do the • enquire into. • follow up. • give sth
honours. • edge in. • foist in. • force the once-over (infml). • go deep into. •
in. • get going. • get under way. • give go into. • go behind. • go over. • go the
a knockdown. • give an introduction rounds. • go through. • hold an en-
to. • hold a debut for. • jam in. • kick quiry. • look into. • look over. • make
off (infml). • lead to. • lead up to. • let inquiries about. • make certain (of). •
in. • make a proposition. • make ac- pore over. • put to the test. • read up
quainted (with). • make known to on. • run a check on. • scope out
each other. • make known. • make the (infml). • search the evidence concern-
introduction. • open the door to. • ing. • sift the evidence concerning. •
phase in. • plough in. • present for- suss out (infml). • take a look at. •
mally. • put between. • put forward. • throw open to enquiry. • try to get to
put in. • put on speaking terms. • ring the bottom of.
in. • set forth. • set in motion. • set up. invite vb –AA.
• show in. • slide in. • smuggle in. • appeal for. • appeal to. • ask for. • ask
start off. • take the lead in. • throw in in. • ask insistently. • ask out. • ask sb
(infml). • thrust in. • usher in. • wedge in. • be at home to. • be hospitable. •
in. • work in. • worm in. bid come. • bring on yourself. • bring
invest vb –A. on. • bring pressure to bear on. • bring
admit to office. • bestow on. • buy a upon yourself. • call for. • call forth. •
stake in. • buy into. • buy shares in. • call in. • call upon. • exert pressure. •
buy stocks. • buy yourself in. • close in. extend an invitation to. • have in. •
• confer on. • consign to. • cut off. • have over. • have round. • have sb
deck out. • endow in. • entrust to. • fit over/round. • include in the guest list.
out. • get a piece of (infml). • give • keep open house. • lead on. • lead to.
money over. • give to. • grant to. • in- • leave the door open to. • look for. •
vest in. • lay out money on. • lay out. make happen. • open your home to. •
• lay siege to. • lend on security. • pick up. • prevail on. • request sb’s ap-
make an investment. • make ready. • pearance at. • request sb’s company at.
make your money work for you. • mark • request sb’s presence at. • request the
off. • pay for. • place with. • plough in. pleasure of sb’s company. • send an in-
• plough money into. • provide capital vitation to.
for. • put in sb’s hands. • put in. • put involve vb –AA.
money into. • put up the dough. • put add up to. • appertain to. • ball up. •
your money to work. • rig out. • roll be intrinsic. • be of interest to. • boil
over. • rope off. • salt away. • sink down to. • bring in. • call for. • carry
money into. • sink your capital in. • a suggestion. • catch up. • consist of. •
sink your money in. • spend money on. count in. • deal with. • draw in. • draw
• splash out on (infml). • swear in. • into. • engage the attention of. • hold
take a stake in. • trap out. • use up. • the attention of. • make likely. • mix
vest in. up. • pertain to. • point to. • relate to.
investigate vb –AA. • rivet the attention of. • take account
appoint a commission of enquiry. • of. • take in. • take into account. • take
break down. • check out (infml). • note of. • touch on. • wrap up in.
issue 104

issue vb –AAA.
arise from. • be a consequence of. • be
a result of. • be brought on/about by. •
be caused by. • be consequent on. • be
J
emitted. • be got. • be had. • be pro- join vb –AAA.
duced by. • be taken. • be the result of. add to. • advance toward. • affiliate
• be transmitted. • be uttered. • bring with. • align with. • ally yourself. • as-
out. • bubble up. • come forth. • come sociate with. • band together with. • be
out. • deal out. • fit out. • fit up. • fix adjacent to. • be at hand. • be close to.
up (infml). • flow (forth). • flow out. • be contiguous to. • be in. • be in-
• get out. • give off. • give out. • give cluded. • be one of. • become a mem-
to the world. • gush (out/forth). • ber (of sth). • become one of. • bind
have its origin in. • kit out. • lay before together. • border on. • bracket to-
the public. • occur to. • ooze (out/ gether. • bring in contact. • bring to-
forth). • originate in. • pour (out). • gether. • button up. • catch up with/to.
pour forth. • put in circulation. • put • clap together. • close a gap. • cobble
out. • rig out. • seep (out/forth). • together. • collaborate with. • connect
send forth. • send out. • spread out. • up. • contribute to. • cooperate with. •
supervene on. • well up. cross with. • do up. • double up. • draw
together. • enlist in. • enlist under. •
... enrol in. • enrol yourself. • extend to. •
fall in with. • fasten to. • fit together. •
gear to. • gear with. • go in with. • go
to meet. • go to the aid of. • go to. •
hang up. • harness together. • heal over.
• hitch to. • hook up. • involve to-
gether. • join a party. • join forces
(with). • join in. • lay together. • lend
a hand with. • lie beside. • lie near. • lie
next to. • line up with. • lump together.
• make a joint. • make complete. •
make into a whole. • make one of. •
make one. • make smaller. • make uni-
form. • make up. • melt into one. •
mesh with. • mingle with. • not dis-
criminate. • obtain membership. • open
into. • pair with. • partake in. • partici-
pate in. • pick up the pieces. • piece
together. • put together. • reach to. •
roll into one. • scab over. • seal up. •
see again. • seek a place among. • side
with. • sign on. • sign up for. • sign up.
• square with. • stick together. • swell
the ranks. • take out membership. •
take part in. • take up with. • team up
with. • throw in with. • throw together.
• tie the knot. • tie up with. • trench
on. • unite to. • unite with. • verge on/
upon. • wedge in. • yoke to. • zip up.
105 jump

judge vb –AA. riffle through. • sail over. • seize on. •


act on. • administer justice. • agree on set upon. • shoot up. • show enthusi-
a verdict. • be cautious. • be just. • asm for. • skate over. • skim through. •
bring in a verdict. • class as. • come to skip over. • slur over. • snap up. •
the conclusion. • consider on its mer- spring upon. • swoop down on. • take
its. • consider your vote. • deliver judg- a running jump. • take-off. • vault
ment. • disallow an objection. • exer- (over). • welcome with open arms.
cise your discretion. • find against. • ...
find for. • form an opinion. • form the
opinion. • give a hearing to. • give a
ruling (on). • give a verdict (on). •
give judgment. • give the decision. •
go by merit. • have taste. • hear both
sides. • hear evidence. • hear the case.
• hold court. • hold the scales even. •
hold the scales. • judge for yourself. •
judge the murder case. • judge well. •
look on as. • make a judgment. • make
a value judgment. • make absolute. •
make certain. • make up your mind. •
pass judgement (on). • pass sentence.
• pronounce a verdict. • rank as. • rate
as. • regard as. • return a verdict. • see
as. • sit in judgement (on). • sit on the
bench. • size up. • sum up. • take ac-
count of. • take to be. • think fit. •
think it best to. • try a case. • try the
cause. • uphold an objection. • weight
up.
jump vb –AA.
accept eagerly. • act prematurely. • act
too soon. • amuse yourself. • bail out.
• bale out. • be agitated. • be ahead of
time. • be excitable. • be excited. • be
nervous. • be previous. • be too soon.
• broad-jump. • clear out. • climb on.
• cut out. • drive through. • fail to stop
at. • fall on. • get a shock. • gloss over.
• go for enthusiastically. • go over. • go
up. • have a jolt. • high-jump. • hike
up. • hold up. • hop on. • hop over. •
jack up (infml). • jump at. • jump out
of your skin (infml). • jump the gun. •
leap at. • leap over. • leap up and
down with excitement. • leap up. •
leave out. • move fast. • not expect. •
not mention. • pass over. • pole-vault.
• pop out. • pounce on. • put up. •
keep 106

K session of. • save up. • set aside. • set


back. • set sth by. • slow down. • slow
up. • stand by. • stash away (infml). •
stay with. • stick at it (infml). • stick
keep vb –AAA.
to. • stick with (infml). • store up. •
abide by. • abstain from. • act accord-
take care of. • take notice of. • trade in.
ing to. • act in accordance with. • act
on. • adhere to. • be bound by. • be kick vb –AA.
loyal to. • be persistent. • be respon- appeal against. • argue the pros and
sible for. • be the proprietor of. • care cons. • be agitated. • be violent. • beef
for. • carry on being. • carry on with. about (infml). • bitch about (infml). •
• carry on. • carry out. • cause to stay. boot out (infml). • campaign against. •
• cause to wait. • comply with. • con- complain about. • cry blue murder. •
form to. • continue to be. • continue cry out against. • desist from. • dig in
to. • continue with. • deal in. • defer the ribs. • dig in your heels. • do with-
to. • do sth constantly. • do sth con- out. • escape from. • fly back. • force
tinually. • do sth incessantly. • dwell out. • get out of. • get rid of. • give sb
on. • go on and on. • go on at. • go on their marching orders. • give the axe to
being. • go on with. • go on. • hang on (infml). • give the boot to (infml). •
in there (infml). • hang on to (infml). give the bum’s rush to (infml). • give
• harp on at. • have as a pet. • have up. • gripe about (infml). • grouse
for sale. • have in stock. • have regard about (infml). • grumble about. • kick
to. • hold back. • hold fast to. • hold against the pricks. • kick around. •
on to. • hold sacred. • hold up. • hold kick out. • lash out. • lay about sb. •
firm. • keep a place for. • keep alive. lay off (infml). • leave off. • lobby
• keep as a pet. • keep back. • keep against. • object to. • pack in (infml).
faith with. • keep for yourself. • keep • petition against. • play up. • protest
from harm. • keep going. • keep hold against. • push around. • put the boot
of. • keep in reserve. • keep on. • keep in. • put the boot into (infml). • put
possession of. • keep safe. • keep to. • your boot to. • raise your voice against.
keep up. • keep waiting. • lay down. • rebel against. • ride over. • ride
• lay aside. • lay away. • look after. • roughshod. • send packing (infml). •
make good. • make late. • not ap- shoot (a football). • show the door to
proach. • not begin. • not breathe a (infml). • spring back. • stamp on. •
word of. • not cease to be. • not fall start the ball rolling. • strike at. • strike
behind. • not go near. • not lag be- with the foot. • throw out on your ear
hind. • not mention. • not part with. (infml). • throw out. • tread on. • turn
• not refer to. • not stand on. • not restive.
stop doing sth. • not stray from. • not kill vb –AAA.
to dismiss. • not to sack (infml). • not amuse greatly. • be agonizing. • be
trespass on. • not walk on. • not wan- excruciating. • be painful. • be sore. •
der from. • offer for sale. • pay atten- be the end of. • be uncomfortable. •
tion to. • peg away (infml). • persist in blow away. • blow sb’s mind (infml). •
being. • persist in. • pile up. • provide blow the brains out. • blow your brains
board for. • provide food for. • provide out. • bowl over (infml). • bring down
for. • provide sustenance for. • put to the grave. • bring down. • bring to
aside. • put away. • put by. • put off. an end. • bump off (infml). • burn
• put up. • ramble on. • rant on. • alive. • cause agony to. • cause dis-
retain in your possession. • retain pos- comfort (to). • cause pain (to). • cause
107 know

the death of. • commit murder. • con- kiss vb –A.


demn to death. • cut down. • cut out. air-kiss. • bill and coo (infml). • blow a
• cut the throat. • cut to pieces. • kiss to. • brush against. • brush lightly
damp down. • deal a deathblow. • de- against. • brush the lips against. • brush
prive of life. • dispose of. • do away your cheek. • brush your lips against. •
with. • do for. • do in (infml). • do to come in contact. • give a kiss to. • give
death. • drive to your death. • end life. a peck to (infml). • give a smacker to
• end the life of. • fag out. • fill in. • (infml). • glance off. • greet with the
fill up. • finish off. • fritter away. • get lips. • kiss and cuddle (infml). • kiss on
rid of. • give pain to. • give the coup de both cheeks. • make contact. • open
grace. • give the death blow. • give the your arms. • plant a kiss on. • salute
thumbs down to (infml). • hasten your with the lips. • skim over. • touch gen-
end. • have people rolling in the aisles tly.
(infml). • heave overboard. • kill off. •
kill stone dead. • knock back (infml). • knock vb –A.
knock for six (infml). • knock off bad-mouth. • bang into. • bash into
(infml). • knock out (infml). • knock (infml). • be in collison with. • beat up.
sideways (infml). • launch into eter- • bring down. • bring to an end. • build
nity. • leave speechless. • make away rapidly. • bump into (infml). • bump off
with. • make sb crack up (infml). • (infml). • carp at. • cast aspersions on.
make sb laugh. • mow down. • nip in • cause injury to. • collide with. • crash
the bud. • offer up. • overwhelm with against. • crash into. • cut down. • dash
laughter. • pick off. • polish off. • pun- against. • detract from. • do away with.
ish with death. • put a stop to. • put an • do in (infml). • fag out. • find fault
end to. • put away. • put down. • put with. • finish off. • get rid of. • give a
out. • put paid to (infml). • put sb out bad press to. • give sth a battering
of their misery. • put the kibosh on (infml). • have a go at (infml). • hit a
(infml). • put the lid on (infml). • put ball around. • jeer at. • knock against.
to death. • put to sleep. • put to the • knock cold (infml). • knock hard. •
sword. • ring the knell. • roast alive. • knock into. • knock to the floor. • pick
rub out. • rule against. • run through. holes in (infml). • plough into. • pull
• send out of the world. • send sb to apart (infml). • pull to pieces (infml). •
their account. • send to the electric put out cold (infml). • run down. • run
chair. • send to the scaffold. • send to into. • scoff at. • shoot down (infml). •
the stake. • shed blood. • shoot down. slag off (infml). • slam into. • smash
• shorten your life. • shut down. • shut into. • strike hard. • stumble upon. •
off. • sign the death warrant. • spill take apart. • take to pieces. • talk sth
blood. • spill the brains of. • stone to down (infml). • tear to ribbons. • throw
death. • stop working. • string up. • brickbats at (infml). • throw to the
switch off. • take life. • take out. • take ground. • tire out. • wear out.
sb’s breath away. • take sb’s life. • take know vb –AAA.
the edge off. • take the life of. • tear accumulate experience. • acquaint
limb from limb. • throw out. • tire out. yourself. • acquire knowledge. • air
• tone down. • turn out. • use up. • your knowledge. • associate with. •
vote down. • wall up. • wear out. • bank on. • be accustomed to. • be ac-
while away. • wipe from the face of the quainted with. • be an old hand. • be
earth (infml). • wipe out. • work to apprised of. • be attentive. • be awake
death. • wring the neck of. to. • be aware (of). • be certain. • be
close to. • be clued up on (infml). • be
know 108

cognizant of. • be conscious (of). • be certain. • know from A to Z. • know full


conversant with. • be expert. • be fa- well. • know how many beans make
miliar with. • be friendly with. • be five. • know inside out. • know like the
friends with. • be hep to. • be in pos- back of your hand. • know of. • know
session of the facts. • be in sympathy sth. • know the ropes. • know the score.
with. • be in the know. • be in the se- • know the value. • know well. • know
cret. • be informed (of). • be in- what’s what. • know your facts. • know
structed. • be intimate with. • be your stuff. • know your way about. •
knowledgeable about. • be learned in. latch on (to) (infml). • latch on to sth
• be master of. • be on good terms (infml). • learn your lesson. • live
with. • be read in. • be schooled in. • through. • make out. • meet with. • not
be sensible of. • be sure of. • be thick know. • pick out. • read sb like a book.
with (infml). • be thoroughly ac- • reckon on. • see the light. • see
quainted with. • be told. • be up to through. • see your way. • socialize
every trick. • be versed in. • be wise. • with. • swear by. • take in your stride.
believe in. • calculate on. • collect in- • take in. • tell apart. • tell which is
formation. • come to know. • commit which.
to memory. • count on. • cram yourself
with facts. • drink in. • empathize
...
with. • familiarize yourself. • feel cer-
tain. • gain information. • get into
your head. • get the hang of. • get the
picture. • get to know. • get it. • glean
information. • go over. • go through. •
have a fund of wisdom. • have a grasp
of. • have a little knowledge of. • have
a nodding acquaintance with. • have at
your finger tips. • have been through.
• have dealings with. • have experi-
ence (of). • have faith in. • have feel-
ing. • have information about. • have
information. • have insight into. • have
it pat. • have knowledge (of). • have
learned by heart. • have learned. •
have mastered. • have memorized. •
have met. • have sb sized up. • have sb
taped. • have sb’s number. • have sth
taped (infml). • have taped. • have the
friendship of. • have the goods on. •
have the jump on. • have the low-
down. • have the measure of. • have
your measure. • keep up on. • know a
hawk from a handsaw. • know all the
answers. • know all the ins and outs. •
know backwards. • know by experi-
ence. • know by heart. • know by rote.
• know down to the ground. • know
entirely. • know for a fact. • know for
109 last

L gap. • leave a lacuna. • not have


enough of. • stand in need of.
land vb –AAA.
labour vb –A. aim well. • balloon in. • be appointed
apply yourself. • attach too much im- to. • blow in. • bounce in. • bring
portance/weight to. • be a victim of. • down. • bring in the ship. • bring in. •
be at pains. • be burdened by. • be dis- carry off. • cast anchor. • cast off. •
advantaged by. • be overburdened by. • cause to arrive in. • cause to be in. •
be under. • do all you can. • do your cause to go to. • come ashore. • come
best. • do your utmost. • drudge away. by. • come down. • come in to land. •
• dwell on. • exert yourself. • expound come in. • come to berth. • come to
on. • give it your all (infml). • give it land. • come to rest. • crash-land. •
your best shot (infml). • give sth your drop anchor. • dump sth on sb (infml).
all. • give your all. • go all out. • grind • end up. • flatten out. • get a bull’s-
away. • grub away. • harp on (about). eye. • get down. • get hold of (infml).
• harp on the same string. • harp on. • • get into the field. • get off. • get your
keep your nose to the grindstone. • kill hands on (infml). • get your mitts on
yourself (infml). • knock yourself out. (infml). • get in. • go ashore. • go down
• knuckle down. • lay too much em- the gangplank. • go on shipboard. • hit
phasis on. • lean over backwards the beach. • hit the mark. • hit town. •
(infml). • make every effort. • make land into the wind. • lay your hands on
important. • make too much of. • move (infml). • leave the boat. • leave the
slowly. • over-elaborate. • over-empha- ship. • level off. • lift anchor and pack
size. • peg away (infml). • place too gear. • light on. • make (the) land. •
much emphasis on. • plod away. • plod make a forced landing. • make a land-
on. • plug away (infml). • pull out all fall. • make a landing. • mete out. •
the stops (infml). • put your back into nose over. • pick up. • pull down
sth (infml). • put yourself out. • repeat (infml). • pull into. • put down. • put
yourself. • rub in. • say again and in. • quit the saddle. • reach the shore.
again. • slave away. • slog away • run aground. • set down. • set foot to
(infml). • suffer from. • sweat away. • ground. • set it on the deck. • set on
sweat blood. • trot out. • try hard. • shore. • splash down. • step ashore. •
work away. • work hard. • work like a take down. • tie up. • touch down. •
dog. • work like a slave. • work like a turn up. • weigh anchor. • wind up
Trojan. • work up a lather. • work up (infml).
a sweat. • work your fingers to the last vb –AAA.
bone. accomplish the purpose. • be adequate.
lack vb –A. • be ample. • be constant. • be enough.
be bereft of. • be clean/fresh out of • be eternal. • be obstinate. • be perma-
(infml). • be deficient in. • be deprived nent. • be prolonged. • be satisfactory.
of. • be devoid of. • be in need of. • be • be strong. • bear up (infml). • become
incomplete. • be inferior. • be lacking. chronic. • brave the years. • carry on. •
• be low on. • be poor. • be pressed for. carry your years. • defy time. • drag on.
• be short of. • be strapped for (infml). • go on. • go the distance (infml). •
• be unsatisfied. • be without. • cry out grow old. • hack it (infml). • hang on
for. • fall short. • feel sth is missing. • (infml). • hold on. • hold out. • keep
feel the want of. • go without. • have going (infml). • keep on. • last long. •
insufficient. • have need of. • leave a never end. • not yield to treatment. •
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run on. • stand the test of time. • stand • kick off (infml). • lay the first stone of.
up to wear. • stand up. • stay around • lay the foundations of. • let fly. • lift
(infml). • stick it out (infml). • wear off. • put into orbit. • put into the wa-
well. ter. • put to sea. • roll out. • send down
the slipway. • send forth. • send into
laugh vb –AAA.
orbit. • send off. • set afloat. • set go-
be cheerful. • be convulsed with laugh-
ing. • set in motion. • set up. • shoot (a
ter. • be creased up (infml). • be
football). • start the ball rolling. • take
doubled up. • be in stitches (infml). •
off. • usher in.
be loud. • be pleased. • be rolling in
the aisles (infml). • be sorry. • break up lay vb –AA.
(infml). • brush aside. • bubble with bring forward. • bring to light. • bring
laughter. • burst out laughing. • burst to rest. • cast aside. • cook up. • draw
with laughter. • bust a gut (infml). • up. • dream up. • find guilty of. • fork
choke with laughter. • close your eyes out (infml). • get ready. • give odds. •
to. • crack up (infml). • crease up go to bed with. • have a flutter. • have
(infml). • die laughing (infml). • die sex with. • have sexual relations with.
with laughter. • dissolve into laughter. • heap up. • hold sb accountable. •
• double up. • fall about (infml). • get hold sb answerable. • hold sb respon-
a fit of the giggles. • get the giggles. • sible. • keep for future use. • lay aside.
ha-ha. • heap scorn on. • hold your • lay bare. • lay down. • lay flat. • lay
sides. • hoot with laughter. • jeer at. • hands on. • lay hold of. • let fall. • let
jibe at. • kill yourself laughing. • laugh fly at. • make ready. • pin the blame on.
at. • laugh fit to burst. • laugh in your • put aside. • put down. • put forward.
sleeve/beard. • laugh like a drain • put in place. • put in position. • put
(infml). • laugh loudly. • laugh off. • into store. • put out of your mind. • put
laugh on the other side of your face. • to one side. • put together. • refrain
laugh out of court. • laugh out the from. • set down. • set in place. • set in
other side of your mouth. • laugh out- position. • set out. • set up. • sleep
right. • laugh your head off. • make a with. • spread out. • stock up with/on.
fool of. • make fun of. • make jokes • stretch the truth. • think up. • turn
about. • make light of. • make merry over. • turn up. • work out.
over. • make sport of. • make your lead vb –AAA.
butt. • poke fun at. • pooh-pooh. • add to. • approach the subject of. • be
refuse to acknowledge. • reject the ahead (of). • be at the front of. • be at
possibility of. • roar with laughter. • the head of. • be at the helm of. • be
rock with laughter. • roll around. • roll conducive to. • be conveyed. • be first
with laughter. • rule out. • scoff at. • in. • be first. • be in charge of. • be in
send up (infml). • shake with laughter. command of. • be in control of. • be in
• shriek with laughter. • shrug off. • front. • be in power over. • be in the
sneer at. • split your sides. • split with lead. • be in the van. • be instrumental
laughter. • start laughing. • take the in. • be one up. • be out in front. • be
mickey out of (infml). • take the piss piloted. • be responsible for. • be the
out of. • tee-hee. cause of. • be the head of. • be the
launch vb –AA. leader of. • be up on. • be winning. •
blast off. • break into. • bring into be- blaze a trail. • break ground. • break
ing. • bring out. • burst into. • embark new ground. • bring about. • bring in
on. • embark upon. • fire off. • get tow. • bring on. • bring round. • call
going on. • get going. • get under way. forth. • call the shots. • come before. •
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come first. • communicate with. • con- wards. • have a bias. • have a down on.
duce to. • connect with/to. • contrib- • have a liking for. • have a penchant
ute to. • discover the way. • do before. for. • have a preference for. • have a
• do the groundwork for. • draw away proclivity for. • have a propensity for. •
from. • feel out the path. • find a way have a tendency (towards). • have an
through. • get (further) ahead of. • affinity with. • have every confidence
give on to. • give rise to. • go along in. • have faith in. • have it in for. •
with. • have a hand in. • have a part hold it against sb. • incline towards. •
in. • have charge of. • have control of. lean over. • lean to one side. • make
• head the queue. • head up (infml). • oblique. • not manage without. • pin
hint at. • hold sway over. • hold the your faith (on). • push around (infml).
lead. • initiate things. • introduce the • put pressure on. • put the frighteners
subject of. • kick off (infml). • lay the on (infml). • put the screws on (infml).
first stone. • lay the foundation. • lead • rely on. • show favouritism. • show
off. • lead on. • lead over. • lead the partiality. • strong-arm (infml). • swear
way. • lead through. • lead up to. • by. • take sides. • tend towards. • twist
leave behind. • leave standing (infml). sb’s arm (infml).
• make a start. • make advances
learn vb –AAA.
about. • make conform. • make hap-
acquire a knowledge of. • acquire
pen. • make overtures about. • make
knowledge of. • acquire skill in. • ac-
the start. • make willing. • open on to.
quire the technique. • apply yourself to.
• open the way for. • open up. • pass
• apprentice yourself. • attend college.
along. • pave the way for. • play first.
• be expert. • be given to understand.
• play the lead. • point out. • point the
• be informed (of). • be made aware. •
way. • prepare the way for. • preside
be taught a lesson. • be taught. • be-
over. • prevail on. • provide a route to.
come able. • become aware (of). • be-
• push forward. • reign over. • result
come competent in. • become expert in.
in. • run rings around (infml). • run
• become proficient in. • become well-
the show. • set off. • shake off. • show
versed in. • become word-perfect in. •
(sb) the way. • show around. • show
build your background. • catch on. •
in. • show to. • spark off. • speed up.
chance on. • chance upon. • collect in-
• spur (on). • start off. • steer for. •
formation. • collect your knowledge. •
stir up. • string along (infml). • take
come to know. • come upon. • commit
the chair of. • take the first step. • take
to memory. • cram yourself with facts.
the initiative. • take the lead. • take
• dope out (infml). • drink in. • famil-
out. • touch off. • trigger (off). • walk
iarize yourself with. • find out about. •
away from (infml). • watch over. •
find out from bitter experience. • find
widen the gap. • work round/up to.
out. • finish your education. • gain an
lean vb –A. understanding of. • gain information. •
be at an angle. • be attracted to. • be get (sth) word-perfect. • get a line on.
biased. • be dependent (on). • be dis- • get a report. • get by heart. • get
posed. • be not perpendicular. • be clued up about. • get down pat. • get
oblique. • be off. • be partial to. • be off by heart (infml). • get off pat. • get
prone to. • be propped up. • be the facts. • get the feel of. • get the
slanted. • be slanting. • be supported. hang of. • get the info. • get the point
• be unequal. • be unfair. • cling to. • of. • get the signal. • get to know. • get
count on. • depend on. • discriminate tuition. • get up on. • get wind of the
against. • do wrong. • gravitate to- fact (infml). • get wind of. • get wise to
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the fact (infml). • get word of. • get legacy. • leave behind. • leave by will.
yourself taught. • get wise (to). • glean • leave flat (infml). • leave helpless. •
information. • go to school. • ground leave high and dry. • leave in the lurch.
yourself in. • have it brought to your • leave in trouble. • leave off. • leave
attention. • have lessons in. • have off/ out. • leave over. • leave stranded. • let
down pat. • hear lectures. • hear of. • alone. • let be. • let continue. • let
hear tell. • improve your mind. • im- down. • let go. • let stay. • let off. •
prove yourself. • know backwards. • make off. • make over. • make tracks.
know by experience. • know inside out. • make yourself scarce. • miss out. •
• know your facts. • learn by experi- move away. • move from. • move out.
ence. • learn by heart. • learn by rote. • not soil your fingers. • not touch with
• learn from experience. • learn parrot- a bargepole. • omit by accident. • omit
fashion. • learn the basics. • learn word to take. • pack your bags (infml). • part
for word. • learn your lesson. • learn company. • pass on. • play no part in.
your trade. • pick up. • pore over. • • pull out of. • pull out. • pull up
prepare yourself. • pursue your educa- stakes. • push off (infml). • put aside.
tion. • qualify yourself. • read up on. • • put by. • quit (a place). • rat on
serve an apprenticeship. • sit at the feet (infml). • refrain from. • remove your-
of. • soak in. • stumble upon. • suss out self. • resign from. • result in. • retire
(infml). • take a course. • take in. • from. • ride off. • run along. • run away
take in. • take lessons. • turn up. • from. • run out on (infml). • sally forth.
work at. • say good-by. • say your farewells. •
say your goodbyes. • set aside. • set off.
leave vb –AAA. • set out. • set sail. • shove off (infml).
abscond from. • absent yourself from. • • sign out. • sling your hook (infml). •
back out (of). • be gone (from). • beat slip away. • slope off. • stand apart. •
it. • begin your journey. • bid a long step down (from). • take a powder. •
farewell. • bolt from. • bow out of. • take away. • take French leave. • take
break away. • break off. • break out. • leave. • take off. • take to the tall tim-
break squares with. • brush off. • cast ber. • take your leave of. • take your
aside. • cast off. • check out. • clear off leave. • take yourself off from. • take
(infml). • clear out. • come away. • yourself off. • throw over. • turn your
count out. • cut and run (infml). • cut back on. • up sticks (infml). • walk off.
out. • decamp from. • depart from. • • walk out. • walk off the job. • walk
disappear from. • do a bunk (infml). • out on. • wash your hands of. • with-
do a disappearing act (infml). • drop draw from.
off. • drop out. • escape (from). • exit
from. • fade away. • fail to include. • let vb –AAA.
fall away. • flee (from). • fly from. • accede to. • acquiesce in. • admit of. •
get along. • get off. • get out (of). • get agree to. • allow to enter. • allow to go.
rolling. • get to. • give by will. • give • allow to leave. • allow to share in. •
over (infml). • give rise to. • give the approve of. • assent to. • be more le-
slip. • give up. • go away (from). • go nient with. • charge for the use of. •
AWOL. • go forth. • go from. • go off. consent to. • count in. • ease off. • farm
• hand down. • hand over. • have no out. • give access to. • give assent to. •
hand in. • have nothing to do with. • give away. • give free reign to your
head out. • keep back. • keep in hand. emotions. • give leave to. • give off. •
• keep your hands clean. • knock off give on loan. • give permission to. •
(infml). • lay by. • lay down. • leave a give right of entry to. • give sb/sth the
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nod (infml). • give scope. • give the go- be passive. • be placed. • be plane. • be
ahead to (infml). • give the green light positioned. • be powerless. • be
to (infml). • give the thumbs up to present. • be prone. • be prostrate. • be
(infml). • give vent to your emotions. • set. • be sited. • be situated. • be
give vent to. • give your blessing to. • smooth. • be stretched out. • be supine.
go easy on (infml). • grant the right to. • be thrown down. • be untrue. • be
• hire out. • let in. • let out. • make untruthful. • be upright. • bear false
possible. • make way for. • open the witness. • commit perjury. • conceal
door for. • open the door to. • permit yourself. • depart from the truth. • ex-
to pass. • relax your efforts. • rent out. ist in space. • forswear yourself. • go
• say the magic word (infml). • set free. into hiding. • go to bed. • go to earth.
• take in. • treat less severely. • go to ground. • go underground. •
have its existence/being. • hide out. •
level vb –A. hit the hay. • hole up (infml). • invent
be above-board. • be frank with. • be a story. • keep a low profile. • keep out
frank. • be honest. • be level with. • be of sight. • lead astray. • lean back. • lie
open and aboveboard. • be open. • be back. • lie down. • lie flat. • lie in your
straight with. • be straightforward. • teeth/throat. • lie low. • lie on your
be upfront (infml). • blow to bits. • back. • lie prostrate. • lie through your
blow up. • break up. • bring down. • teeth (infml). • make up a story. • make
come clean (infml). • come to terms. • up. • perjure yourself. • press down. •
dash down. • draw a bead on. • even pull the wool over sb’s eyes. • put on
off/out. • even up. • fire at. • hew the wrong track. • put up at. • reach
down. • hide nothing. • keep nothing along. • say one thing and mean an-
back. • knock down. • knock out. • other. • say sth untrue. • send on a wild
knock to the ground. • lay in the dust. goose chase. • sleep at. • spin a long
• lay low. • lay out. • lay waste. • level yarn. • spread along. • stretch along. •
off. • level out. • level up/down. • stretch out. • stretch the truth. • stretch
make equal. • make even. • make flat. yourself out. • take a nap. • take a si-
• make flush. • make level. • make esta. • take cover. • take it easy. • take
regular. • make uniform. • pull about lying down. • take rooms. • take in. •
your ears. • pull down. • pull the trig- tell a falsehood. • tell a lie. • tell a ter-
ger. • put all your cards on the table. • minological inexactitude. • tell a white
raze to the ground. • round off. • lie. • tell an untruth. • tell lies. • tell
smooth out. • take aim. • tear down. • untruths. • throw off the scent. • trump
tell all. • tell the truth. • throw to the up. • turn in. • utter a falsehood. •
ground. • trample in the dust. • wipe weigh down.
out. • zero in on.
lift vb –AA.
lie vb –AA. be dispelled. • bear aloft. • brighten up.
be a liar. • be beside. • be buried. • be • buck up. • buoy up. • cheer up. •
contained. • be economical with the clear up. • copy from. • dig out of the
truth. • be entombed. • be established. ground. • dig up. • draw up. • gather
• be even. • be exhausted. • be false. • up. • ginger up. • give a lift to. • half-
be flat. • be forsworn. • be found. • be inch (infml). • haul up. • heave up. •
helpless. • be horizontal. • be in a state help yourself to. • help yourself. • hold
of. • be inactive. • be inert. • be inher- high. • hold up. • infringe copyright. •
ent. • be inhumed. • be interred. • be jack up. • jazz up. • knock off (infml).
laid to rest. • be level. • be located. • • lever up. • lift a ban. • lift off. • lift
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restrictions. • lift up. • make better. • mad about/for (infml). • be partial to.
make bright. • make louder. • move • be pleased by. • be pleased with. • be
up. • not retain. • perk up. • pick up. sweet on. • be taken with. • be tickled
• pull up. • raise aloft. • raise an em- by. • become attached to. • become
bargo. • raise high. • raise up. • reel fond of. • care about. • care for. • care
in. • relieve the burden. • rip sth off to. • cotton to. • delight in. • derive
(infml). • root out. • scoop up. • pleasure from. • derive satisfaction
snatch up. • strike a ball. • take a load from. • develop interest for. • dote on.
off your mind. • take off. • take up. • • eat up. • exclaim over. • feast on. •
thin out. • transport by air. • walk off feast your eyes on. • feel about. • feel
with (infml). • winch up. affectionately toward. • feel disposed.
• feel inclined. • feel like. • feel
light vb –AA.
warmly toward. • find agreeable. • find
(let) fly at. • bawl out. • become in-
appealing. • find attractive. • find con-
flamed. • call over the coals. • chance
genial. • find enjoyable. • get a kick
upon. • cheer up. • chew out (infml).
from/of (infml). • find pleasure in. •
• come across. • come down. • come
get a bang out of (infml). • get a buzz
to rest. • dress down. • fall on. • fall
from/out of (infml). • get a charge
upon. • flood with light. • fly down. •
from/out of (infml). • get a kick out of.
fulminate against. • furnish with light.
• get off on (infml). • go a bundle on
• get down. • get off. • give light to. •
(infml). • go for in a big way. • go for.
give sb a dressing-down. • happen
• go in for. • gobble up. • groove on
upon. • haul over the coals. • have a go
(infml). • have a fondness for. • have a
at (infml). • hit out at. • hit upon. •
liking for. • have a passion for. • have
lace into (infml). • lash out at. • lay
a penchant for. • have a preference for.
into (infml). • let sb have it (infml). •
• have a soft spot for. • have a soft spot
light into. • light on/upon. • light up.
in your heart for. • have a taste for. •
• make a light. • make bright perch. •
have a thing about (infml). • have a
make bright. • make cheerful. • make
weakness for. • have a yen for. • have
visible. • pitch into. • provide adequate
eyes for. • have regard for. • hold dear.
illumination. • put out. • rail at. • rant
• hold in esteem. • hold in regard. •
at. • rap sb’s knuckles. • rave at. •
hunger and thirst after. • incline to-
round on. • sail into. • set a match to.
ward. • indulge in. • lap up. • lick your
• set burning. • set fire to. • set upon.
fingers. • lick your lips over. • look on
• settle down. • settle on. • shine
with favour. • make appetizing. • quite
upon. • sit down. • slag of (infml). •
like. • rather care for. • regard with
slap sb’s wrist. • soar off. • strike a
favour. • rejoice in. • revel in. • roll on
light. • strike out at. • stumble on. •
your tongue. • see fit. • smack the lips.
stumble upon. • switch on a light. •
• take a fancy to. • take a shine to
take off. • take to task. • tear into. •
(infml). • take an interest in. • take
tell off. • throw light upon. • tick off
delight in. • take pleasure in. • take
(infml). • touch down. • touch off. •
satisfaction in. • take to. • think about.
turn on a light. • turn on the electric-
• think fit. • think well of. • warm to.
ity. • turn on. • weight into.
• water at the mouth.
like vb –AAA.
limit vb –AA.
be attached to. • be attracted to. • be
beat the bounds. • chalk out. • cordon
fond of. • be friendly. • be gratified by.
off. • damp (down). • declare a no-go
• be hooked on (infml). • be inclined.
area. • draw the line. • flag off. • hem
• be into (infml). • be keen on. • be
in. • hold in check. • keep within
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bounds. • keep within limits. • lay off. back your ears (infml). • prick up your
• make smaller. • mark off. • mark ears. • put your ear to. • sit up and take
out. • measure off. • place a limit on. notice. • sit up. • strain your ears. •
• put a brake on. • rope off. • scale take advice. • take heed. • take into
down. • stake out. • stop from spread- account. • take into consideration. •
ing. • tie down. take note. • take notice. • take to heart.
line vb –A. • take under advisement. • tap the line.
arrange in columns. • arrange in lines. • tune in.
• bring into a line with others. • cover live vb –AAA.
with lines. • draw up. • face in. • fall be alive. • be domiciled. • be extant. •
in. • fall into line. • fill to capacity. • be happy. • be left. • be remembered.
form a line. • form a queue. • get into • be restored. • be settled. • cheat
rows/columns. • get together. • group death. • come to life. • comport your-
together. • jam in. • line left. • line self. • conduct yourself. • delight in. •
right. • line up. • mark with lines. • draw breath. • earn a living. • earn
pack in. • pile in. • put a backing on. money. • earn your living. • eke out a
• put a lining in. • put a mark on. • living. • endure pain. • enjoy life. •
put between. • put in rows. • put in. enjoy yourself. • experience life to the
• queue up. • ram in. • reinforce the full. • get a great deal from life. • get
back of. • set out. • squeeze in. • trace ahead. • get along. • go on a spree
upon. (infml). • go through. • hang out
link vb –AA. (infml). • hang your hat (infml). • have
bracket together. • draw a connection a ball (infml). • have a life. • have a
between. • fasten together. • tie up lifestyle. • have a meaningful existence.
with. • treat as one. • have being. • have fun. • have life. •
have nine lives. • have rich experiences.
list vb –AAA. • have your being. • have your home.
be at an angle. • call the roll. • check • have your residence. • keep alive. •
stock. • examine by ear. • heel over. • keep body and soul together. • know
keep count of. • keep the score. • lean the feeling. • lead your life. • live abun-
over. • make a list of. • note down. • dantly. • live at. • live extravagantly. •
reel off. • set down. • take stock. • live in clover. • live in the lap of luxury.
wipe out. • write down. • live in. • live it up. • live life to the
listen vb –AA. full. • live off. • live on in men’s minds.
attend to instructions. • bar in mind. • • live richly. • live through. • live your
be all ears (infml). • be attentive to. • life. • liven up. • maintain yourself. •
be attentive. • be curious. • be pious. make a living. • make ends meet. •
• cock your ears. • concentrate on make every moment count. • make the
hearing. • concentrate on. • do as most of life. • make whoopee (infml). •
you’re told by. • examine by ear. • get not die. • paint the town red (infml). •
a load of (infml). • give a hearing to. pass through. • pass time. • pass your
• give a thought to. • give attention to. life. • provide for your needs. • push
• give ear to. • give heed. • hang on the boat out (infml). • put up. • rely for
sb’s words. • hang on. • incline an ear nourishment on. • remain alive. •
to. • keep your ears open. • lend an spend your life. • stay alive. • stay
ear to. • listen in. • listen to. • look around. • support yourself. • sustain
out. • not miss a trick. • obey orders. yourself. • take pleasure in. • take the
• pay attention (to). • pick up. • pin earth’s bounty. • walk the earth.
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load vb –A. to mind. • cast about for. • cast an eye


add weight to. • be dense. • break over. • catch sight of. • check out
your back. • fill up. • heap on. • make (infml). • check up on. • cock the eye.
ready to fire. • make ready. • over bur- • command a view. • feast your eyes
den. • pack in. • pack tight. • pop in. upon. • fix your gaze. • flick through. •
• pour in. • prepare for shooting. • follow up. • front on. • gaze at. • get a
prepare to fire. • press in. • push in. • load of (infml). • give every appearance
put aboard. • put away. • put goods of being. • give every indication of be-
on. • put on board. • ram down. • ing. • give sb/sth a once-over (infml). •
saddle with. • shove in. • squeeze in. give sb/sth the once-over (infml). • give
• stow away. • stuff in. • take in. • the impression of being. • go to see. •
take off cargo. • take on ballast. • take have a high opinion of. • have a look of.
on board. • take on cargo. • tuck in. • • have a squint (infml). • have an eye
weigh down. on. • have recourse to. • have the ap-
pearance of. • have the appearance/air
lock vb –A.
of being. • hero-worship. • hold in ad-
become immovable. • become rigid. •
miration. • hold in esteem. • hold in
become stuck. • coop up. • fasten on.
high regard. • hunt for. • inquire about.
• fence in. • hold fast. • keep out. •
• keep an eye on. • keep an eye out. •
lock in. • lock up. • make fast. • make
keep your eyes open. • keep your eyes
immovable. • make rigid. • make se-
peeled/skinned. • lay your eyes on. •
cure. • put behind bars. • put under
look around for. • look at. • look back.
lock and key. • refuse entrance to. •
• look daggers. • look for. • look like. •
shut in. • shut out. • shut up. • snap
look out. • look over. • look quizzically
to. • wall in.
at. • look through. • look to be. • look
long vb –A. volumes. • pay attention to. • present
be bent on. • be consumed with desire. as being. • run through. • run your eyes
• be dejected. • be desperate. • be over. • search for. • search into. • see
dying (infml). • be eager. • be unable how the land lies. • seek out. • seem to
to wait. • dream of. • eat your heart be. • sneer at. • stand and stare. • strike
out over. • hanker for/after. • have a sb (as/as being). • take a butcher’s
fancy for. • have a yen (for) (infml). • (infml). • take a dekko (infml). • take
hope for. • hunger for. • itch for. • lust a gander (infml). • take a look (at). •
after. • pine for. • set your heart on. • take a shufti (infml). • take in. • take
set your sights on. • thirst for. • wish note of. • track down. • turn the eyes
for. • would give your eye teeth. • upon. • turn to. • turn up your nose at
yearn for. (infml). • wait for. • watch out.
look vb –AAA. lose vb –AAA.
appear to be. • ask about. • ask ques- be beaten (by). • be beaten into second
tions about. • attend to. • avail your- place by. • be conquered. • be defeated
self of. • await with pleasure. • be a (by). • be deprived of. • be disadvan-
dead ringer for (infml). • be a specta- taged. • be replaced by. • be the loser.
tor. • be alert. • be careful. • be cau- • be trounced. • be unable to find. • be
tious. • be curious. • be on guard. • be unsuccessful. • be vanquished. • be
the image of. • be the spit of (infml). • worsted. • come a cropper (infml). •
be the spitting image of (infml). • be come off second-best. • come to grief. •
unable to wait for. • be vigilant. • be depart from. • escape from. • fail to
wary. • bear a resemblance to. • bring benefit from. • fail to grasp. • fail to
117 love

keep in sight. • fail to keep sight of. • • have a passion for. • have a penchant
fail to keep to. • fail to keep. • fail to for. • have a predilection for. • have a
retain. • fail to take advantage of. • fail proclivity for. • have a soft spot for. •
to take. • fall short. • get ahead of. • have a taste for. • have a thing about
get lost. • get rid of. • get the worst (of (infml). • have a thing for (infml). •
it). • give sb the slip. • give up. • go have a warm heart. • have a weakness
astray from. • go down. • have the for. • have affection for. • have it bad.
worst (of it). • leave behind. • let pass. • have the hots for (infml). • hold dear.
• lose out (infml). • lose out on • hold high. • hold in affection. • hold
(infml). • lose track of. • lose your very dear. • know how to value. • lech
bearings. • meet your Waterloo. • miss after (infml). • like very much. • like
out on (infml). • no longer have. • pass well. • live for. • live only for. • long for.
up (infml). • shake off. • stop having. • look deeply into your eyes. • look ten-
• stray from. • suffer defeat. • suffer derly at. • lose your heart to. • love up.
the loss of. • take a licking. • throw off • lust after. • make a play for. • make it.
the scent. • throw off. • use up. • wan- • make love. • make much of. • make
der from. out. • only have eyes for. • press to the
heart. • put on a pedestal. • quite like.
love vb –AAA.
• rather care for. • remain near to. •
be addicted to. • be attached to. • be
shine up to. • sigh at the feet of. • slob-
besotted with. • be captivated by. • be
ber over. • sympathize with. • take a
crazy about. • be devoted to. • be en-
fancy to. • take an interest in. • take
chanted by. • be fascinated by. • be
great pleasure in. • take in your lap. •
fond of. • be friendly. • be hooked on
take into your arms. • take pleasure in.
(infml). • be in love with. • be in love.
• think the world of. • thrive with. •
• be infatuated with. • be mad for/
unite with. • warm to. • yearn for.
about (infml). • be nuts about. • be on
fire with passion. • be partial to. • be ...
passionate about. • be passionately at-
tached to. • be pleased. • be smitten
with. • be soft on (infml). • be taken
with. • be wild/potty about (infml). •
be yourself with. • bear love towards.
• become fond of. • bestow your
favours. • bring to your side. • burn
with love. • care for. • care very much
for. • chase after. • cling to. • cotton to.
• dear one. • delight in. • derive great
pleasure from. • dote on. • draw close.
• drool over. • encircle with your arms.
• enjoy greatly. • fall for. • feast your
eyes on. • feel affection for. • feel deep
affection for. • feel with. • find enjoy-
ment in. • flip over. • get a buzz from/
out of (infml). • get a kick out of
(infml). • get off on (infml). • go a
bundle on (infml). • go for. • have a
crush on (infml). • have a great liking
for. • have a heart. • have a liking for.
maintain 118

M function of. • piece together. • play the


part of. • prevail on. • put a figure on.
• put a foot wrong. • put the heat on.
• put the screws on. • put together. •
maintain vb –AA. screw up (infml). • serve as. • set up. •
bolster (up). • care for. • fight for. •
settle on. • sign up. • size up. • slip up
follow up. • give alimony. • go on. •
(infml). • strong-arm. • sum up. • take
have in store. • hold back. • hold it. •
(in). • take home. • think up. • throw
hold on. • hold over. • hold to. • hold
together. • tighten the screw(s) on. •
up. • insist on. • keep alive. • keep
tot up to. • trip up. • turn the screw(s)
body and soul together. • keep for. •
on. • use strong-arm tactics on. • vote
keep going. • keep in condition. • keep
in. • weigh up. • whip up (infml). •
in existence. • keep in good condition.
work out. • write out.
• keep in good repair. • keep in readi-
ness. • keep in repair. • keep in re- manage vb –AA.
serve. • keep intact. • keep on foot. • arrange for. • assume responsibility. •
keep on hand. • keep on. • keep pre- be able. • be all right. • be at the head
pared. • keep the wolf from the door. of. • be at the helm of. • be head of. •
• keep up. • lay aside. • lay away. • be in charge (of). • be in the driver’s
look after. • make ends meet. • pay seat. • be responsible for. • be success-
alimony. • prop up. • provide for. • put ful. • bear up. • bring about. • bring off.
up. • set apart. • set aside. • set by. • • call the shots. • call the tune. • care
speak up for. • stand by. • stick to. • for. • carry on. • carry out. • contrive a
store up. • swear (to). • take care of. success. • cope (with). • deal with ef-
• take good care of. • take up the cud- ficiently. • deal with the situation. •
gels for. deal with. • do all right. • do without.
• engage in. • fare all right. • fend for
make vb –AAA. yourself. • get along/on. • get by
act as. • add up to. • amount to. • ar-
(infml). • hack it (infml). • have a way
rive at. • arrive in time for. • be guilty
with. • have charge of. • have in your
of. • be responsible for. • be to blame
charge. • have taped. • have the mea-
for. • blow it (infml). • bring about. •
sure of. • head up (infml). • hold in
bring in. • bring into being. • bring into
trust. • hold office. • hold the portfolio.
existence. • bring off. • build castles in
• hold the purse strings. • hold the
Spain. • build castles in the air. • carry
reins. • keep order. • know how to
out. • cast as. • come to. • cook up
manage. • look after. • look to. • make
(infml). • count as. • count up. • deter-
arrangements. • make do. • make ends
mine on. • dish up. • do duty for. •
meet. • make it. • make out (infml). •
draw up. • dream up. • drop a clanger
manage the business of. • muddle
(infml). • drop the ball (infml). • en-
along. • muddle through. • occupy the
gage in. • figure (out). • fill in. • fill
chair. • paddle your own canoe. • pass
out. • foul up (infml). • function as. •
laws. • preside over. • pull the strings.
gain a place in. • gain access to. • get
• pull off. • run a tight ship. • run the
into. • get ready. • get to. • give a fig-
show. • scrape along. • scrape by. • see
ure to. • give voice to. • goof (up)
to. • shift for yourself. • squeak
(infml). • have sb do sth. • hightail it
through. • succeed in. • take care of. •
(infml). • knock into shape. • knock
take charge of. • take orders. • take
together. • lay down. • lead to. • lick
over. • take the helm. • take in (your)
into shape. • look on. • make a boo-
stride. • triumph over difficulties. •
boo (infml). • make out. • perform the
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watch over. • weather the storm. • win (infml). • marry off. • pair up with. •
through. pledge in marriage. • pledge your troth.
mark vb –AA. • plight your troth. • promise in mar-
attend to. • be a sign of. • be an indi- riage. • pronounce man and wife. • say
cation of. • bear in mind. • burn in. • I do. • take a helpmate. • take the
cast a slur upon. • chalk out. • chalk plunge (infml). • take the vows. • take
up. • check off. • cross out. • ear-mark. to husband. • take to wife. • tie the
• flag off. • give a thought to. • hike knot (infml). • unite with. • walk down
up. • increase the price of. • jack up the aisle (infml).
(infml). • keep tabs on. • leave finger- master vb –A.
prints/footprints. • listen to. • lower acquire skill in. • be an old hand at sth.
the price of. • make a note of. • make • become expert in. • become proficient
cheaper. • make ugly. • make unclean. in. • gain full play. • gain mastery in. •
• mark down for. • mark down. • mark gain mastery over. • gain the upper
off. • mark out. • mark the boundaries hand. • get a grip on. • get clued up
of. • mark the limits of. • mark up. • about (infml). • get off by heart. • get
measure out. • pay attention to. • pay over. • get the better of. • get the feel
heed to. • pay tribute to. • point out. of. • get the hang of (infml). • hold all
• put a mark on. • put a price-tag on. the cards. • hold the whip hand. • know
• put down. • put on sale. • put up. • backwards. • know entirely. • know in-
put your mark on. • put your name on. side out. • learn the basics. • learn thor-
• put your seal on. • raise the price of. oughly. • pick up. • prevail over. • tri-
• rope off. • run through. • sell at a umph over.
give-away price. • set apart. • show the
position of. • single out. • stake out. • match vb –AAA.
take down. • take heed of. • take into answer to. • be a match for. • be a pair.
consideration. • take note of. • take • be a set. • be compatible. • be conso-
notice of. • take to heart. • tick off. • nant. • be counterparts. • be doubles. •
trace upon. • write down. be equal to. • be in agreement. • be in
the same category as. • be in the same
market vb –AAA. league as. • be on a level with. • be on
have for sale. • have on offer. • offer a par with. • be similar to. • be the
for sale. • purchase by mail order. • equal of. • be the same as. • be the
purchase by tele-ordering. • put on same. • be twins. • blend with. • bring
sale. • put up for sale. together. • check with. • come up with.
marry vb –AA. • come up to. • compare with. • com-
announce the engagement. • arrange a pete with. • contend with. • coordinate
marriage. • arrange a match. • be mar- with. • cope with. • correspond to. •
ried. • be wed. • become espoused. • find a husband/wife for. • go together.
become man and wife. • become one. • go with. • go well with. • harmonize
• declare man and wife. • double up. with. • hitch up (infml). • hold a candle
• find a husband/wife for. • get to (infml). • keep pace with. • keep up
hitched (infml). • get hooked. • get with. • make equal. • marry off. •
married. • get spliced (infml). • get match up. • match with. • measure up
yoked (infml). • give away. • give in to. • pair up. • put together. • rhyme
marriage. • join in marriage. • join to- with. • run side by side. • square with.
gether. • lead to the altar. • make a • take after. • tally with. • team with.
match. • make an honest woman of • tone with. • vie with.
matter 120

matter vb –AAA. the size of. • fill the bill. • find the
be a consideration. • be important. • weight of. • fit the bill. • form an esti-
be influential. • be of account. • be of mate. • get under your belt. • heave the
consequence. • be of importance. • be lead. • lay in the scale. • lay out. • line
of significance. • be relevant. • be sub- out. • make an estimate. • make the
stantive. • be worthy of notice. • carry grade (infml). • mark off. • measure
weight. • come to a head. • cut any ice. out. • measure the length and breadth.
• have influence. • make a difference. • measure up. • mete out. • pace off. •
• make any difference. • mean some- pace out. • parcel out. • pass muster. •
thing. plumb the depths. • put behind you. •
put into competition with. • put on the
mean vb –AAA. scales. • reckon up. • select with care.
add up (to). • agree in meaning. • aim • set a criterion. • set a standard. •
at. • allude to. • be driving at. • be share out. • size up. • take soundings.
equivocal. • be getting at. • be identi- • take the dimensions. • take the mea-
cal. • be important. • be opposed in surements (of). • take the weight of. •
meaning. • be significant. • be synony- think carefully about. • try the weight
mous. • be the same thing in the end. of.
• be trying to say. • bear a sense. • boil
down to. • bring about cause. • bring meet vb –AAA.
about. • carry a suggestion. • conflict account for. • be at the station. • be
in meaning. • consist of. • convey a introduced (to). • be near. • be present
meaning. • draw a meaning. • drive at. at. • be presented to. • be sociable. •
• get across. • get at. • give rise to. • brush against. • bump into (infml). •
have a meaning. • have a second burst upon. • butt into. • carry out. •
meaning. • have an input on. • have chance on. • chance upon. • clash with.
importance. • have in mind. • have in • collide with. • come across. • come
view. • have plans. • have significance. closer. • come face to face with. • come
• have the same meaning. • have two in contact. • come on. • come to close
meanings. • hint at. • lead to. • mean quarters. • come to meet. • come to-
sth. • mean the same thing. • mean to gether. • come up to. • come upon. •
say. • point to. • put it another way. • comply with. • conform to. • cope with.
refer to. • result in. • say it in other • cross swords with. • deal with. • do
words. • set out. • speak of. • speak your duty. • engage in battle with. •
volumes. • spell out. • stand for. • tell enter in. • face up to. • fall in with. •
of. • tell the meaning of. • think of. • fall on. • fight with. • gather together.
touch on. • understand by. • get next to. • get to know. • get to-
gether. • go through. • go to meet. •
measure vb –AA. grapple with. • happen on. • happen
add up. • average out. • be adequate. upon. • honour (a bill). • join battle
• be capable. • be equal to. • be on a with. • join issue with. • keep a date. •
level with. • be suitable. • calculate knock into. • light on. • light upon. •
the size. • check the speed. • choose link up. • make contact with. • make
carefully. • come up to scratch (infml). the acquaintance of. • make yourself
• come up to standard. • come up to. known. • match (up to). • measure up
• compare with. • contrast with. • to. • meet at every turn. • meet by ac-
count your steps. • cut the mustard cident. • meet by chance. • meet face to
(infml). • deal out. • divide out. • dole face. • meet the train. • meet up with.
out. • estimate the average. • estimate • meet with. • pay in full. • pay off. •
121 miss

pay up. • pitch upon. • present your- ensure that. • feel resentment. • give a
self. • run across. • run into. • see damn (infml). • give a hoot (infml). •
again. • shake hands. • stumble give a monkey’s (infml). • give a rap
across/on. • suit down to the ground. (infml). • give a second thought to. •
• take care of. • take on. • touch give a shit. • give a tinker’s curse/damn
shoulders with. • turn your back on. • (infml). • give a toss (infml). • have a
unite with. care. • have a chip on your shoulder. •
have charge of. • have oversight of. •
mention vb –AA.
have regard for. • keep an eye on. •
acquaint with. • allude to. • aside
keep your chin in. • keep your eyes
from. • breathe a word of. • bring up.
open for. • let weigh upon you. • listen
• call attention to. • don’t apologize. •
to. • look after. • look askance. • look
don’t mention it. • don’t worry. • hint
out for. • look to. • make certain. •
at. • hype (up) (infml). • let anyone
make sure (to). • mind your p’s and q’s.
know. • let on about (infml). • let out.
• never mind. • obey orders. • object
• let sb know. • make a reference to. •
to. • pay attention (to). • pay heed to.
make known. • mention in passing. •
• pay no attention to. • play fair. • re-
name names. • not counting. • not in-
member to. • resent it. • see (that). •
cluding. • not to mention. • point at.
shape up. • sleep with your eye open. •
• point out. • point to. • put forward.
take amiss. • take care of. • take care
• put in a good word for. • reel off. •
that. • take care to. • take care with. •
refer to. • scratch the surface. • speak
take care. • take charge of. • take heed
about/of. • speak briefly of. • speak
(of). • take ill. • take in bad part. • take
well of. • take no notice of. • throw
into consideration. • take it badly. •
out. • throw up to. • touch on. • touch
take it ill. • take it to heart. • take no
upon.
notice of. • take note of. • take notice
mind vb –AAA. of. • take offence (at). • take on. • take
adhere to. • apply yourself to. • attend to heart. • watch out for. • worry about.
to instructions. • attend to. • baby-sit.
mine vb –A.
• be affronted. • be annoyed. • be at-
blow sky-high. • blow up. • delve into.
tentive to. • be bothered by. • be both-
• dig down. • dig for. • dig out. • dig
ered/troubled. • be careful of. • be
up. • draw out. • scoop out. • strip-
careless. • be cautious (of). • be con-
mine. • wash for gold.
cerned for. • be discontented. • be
heedful of. • be miffed. • be mindful miss vb –AA.
of. • be offended (by). • be on your absent yourself from. • ache for. • be
guard for. • be on your guard. • be absent from. • be clumsy. • be incom-
opposed to. • be resentful. • be solici- plete. • be too late for. • be wide of the
tous. • be sure to. • be under the au- mark. • be wide of. • butter a catch. •
thority of. • be upset by. • be upset. • fail to achieve. • fail to attend. • fail to
be wary of. • be watchful of. • be/ catch. • fail to get. • fail to grasp. • fail
make sure (that). • beware of. • bother to hear. • fail to hit. • fail to see/notice.
about. • bring to mind. • call to mind. • fail to seize. • fail to take advantage
• care a damn (infml). • care a hoot of. • fail to take in. • fail to take. • fall
(infml). • care a rap (infml). • care a between two stools. • fall short (of). •
toss (infml). • care about. • care for. • feel nostalgic for. • feel sth is missing.
comply with. • concentrate on. • dis- • feel the lack of. • feel the loss of. •
approve of. • dislike it. • do as told. • find a way round. • find missing. • get
do as you’re told. • don’t forget to. • round. • give a wide berth to. • give up.
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• go above. • go below. • go to the side. confusion. • throw together. • water


• go wide of. • go wide. • have butter- down.
fingers. • hit the wrong target. • kiss
model vb –A.
good-bye to. • leave out. • let go. • let
act as model. • be an example. • pose
pass. • let slip through your fingers. •
in. • serve as a model. • set an ex-
let slip. • long for. • long to see. • lose
ample. • show off. • sit for. • steal your
a chance. • lose out on. • loss of. • miss
stuff.
an opportunity. • miss badly. • miss the
mark. • miss your aim. • notice the ab- move vb –AAA.
sence of. • over-look. • pass over. • pass back-pedal. • be active. • be agitated.
up. • pine for. • play truant from. • re- • be alive. • be in motion. • be stirring.
gret the absence of. • sadly miss. • say • bring tears to your eyes. • bring to-
good-bye to. • skive of (infml). • slip up gether. • change address. • change
on. • stand in need of. • steer clear of. house. • change jobs. • change over. •
• take French leave from. • want back. change position. • change round. •
• yearn for. change sb’s mind. • change your ad-
dress. • change your mind. • change
mistake vb –A. your opinion. • change your tune. •
be at fault. • be barking up the wrong
choke up. • climb down. • come and
tree. • be in error. • be misguided. • be
go. • do a U-turn (infml). • do an
misinformed. • be mistaken. • be off
about-face. • do an about-turn (infml).
the mark. • be under a misapprehen-
• do sth. • draw breath. • draw tears.
sion. • be wide of the mark. • be wrong.
• get a move on. • get a wiggle on. •
• confound with. • confuse sb with. •
get going. • get moving. • get on with.
confuse with. • get the wrong end of
• give rise to. • go away. • go round. •
the stick. • get wrong. • misinterpret
go walk. • hang about (infml). • hang
(sth) as. • mix (sb) up with. • put a
around (infml). • hang out (infml). •
wrong interpretation on. • put your foot
have an impact on. • have second
in it (infml). • take amiss. • take for. •
thoughts. • have your being. • head for.
take sb for.
• jump to it. • keep company. • leave
mix vb –AA. home. • leave the country. • leave the
associate with others. • be compatible. neighbourhood. • let fall. • make a
• be in harmony. • be like-minded. • be move. • make a proposition. • make an
of like mind. • be of the same mind. • impression on. • make headway. •
be on the same wavelength (infml). • make progress. • move away. • move
cross-breed. • cross-fertilize. • fit to- fast. • move house. • move on. • move
gether. • fold in. • get along/on. • get out. • off-load. • pack your bags
confused. • get muddled up. • get to- (infml). • play on. • pluck at your
gether. • go (together). • go out. • hang heartstrings. • prevail upon. • proceed
about (infml). • hang around (infml). • with. • propose a motion. • pull up
hang out (infml). • have dealings. • hit stakes (infml). • put forward. • put in
it off (infml). • keep company. • knock motion. • put into operation. • put on
about/around (infml). • make a mix- the agenda. • put on wheels. • put
ture. • meet people. • mix in. • mix up. skates under. • rush to and fro. • set
• mix with. • muddle up. • pound to- going. • shake up. • shift your ground.
gether. • pour in. • put together. • rub • shift your quarters. • shove along. •
elbows. • rub shoulders. • see eye to sing a different song. • stay quiet. • stir
eye. • sink in. • stir up. • throw into up. • strike a sympathetic chord. •
123 need

switch on. • take action. • take mea-


sures. • take off. • take steps. • take
the initiative. • take over. • touch a
chord. • touch to the quick. • tug at
N
name vb –A.
sb’s heartstrings. • tug at the
be specific. • call by name. • call by the
heartstrings. • tug on sb’s heartstrings.
name of. • call out the names. • call the
• up sticks (infml). • work on/upon.
roll. • decide on. • give a handle to. •
murder vb –A. give a name to. • give sb their title. •
blow away (infml). • blow sb’s brains give your name to. • name names. •
out. • bump off (infml). • commit ho- perform ritual. • point at. • point to. •
micide. • commit man-slaughter. • put the tag on. • refer to. • single out.
commit murder. • cut to pieces. • de-
narrow vb –A.
feat utterly. • dispose of. • do away
be narrow. • become narrower. • be-
with. • do for. • do in (infml). • do to
come small/smaller. • draw in. • get
death. • dye with blood. • finish off. •
narrower. • get smaller. • get thinner. •
give a drubbing to. • give sb the works.
make narrower. • make smaller. • make
• knock off. • make a mess of. • make
thin. • taper off.
away with. • make mincemeat of
(infml). • make to walk the plank. • near vb –A.
mow down. • put to death. • put to advance towards. • approximate to. •
sleep. • rub out (infml). • shed blood. border on. • close in on. • come close
• take out. • take the life of. • wipe to. • come near. • come towards. •
out. • wipe the floor with (infml). come up to. • draw near to. • draw up
... to. • get close to. • get closer to. • get
near to. • get nearer to. • go near. • go
up to. • lean towards. • move towards.
• nearer to. • touch on. • verge on.
need vb –AAA.
be compelled to. • be crying out for. •
be deprived of. • be desperate for. • be
down and out. • be hard up. • be in
need (of). • be in want (of). • be inad-
equate. • be incomplete. • be needy. •
be obliged to. • be poor. • be short of.
• be short. • be under a compulsion to.
• be under an obligation to. • be unsat-
isfied. • be up against it. • be without.
• call for. • clamour for. • crave for. •
do with. • do without. • fall short. •
feel the necessity for. • feel the pinch. •
go hungry. • have need for. • have need
of. • have need to. • have occasion for.
• have occasion to. • have to. • have
use for. • leave a gap. • live from hand
to mouth. • long for. • not suffice. •
pine for. • stand in need of. • yearn for.
• yearn for.
nod 124

nod vb –A. about. • think worthy of attention. •


agree to. • be careless. • be in error. • touch on.
be inattentive. • be incorrect. • be mis- number vb –A.
taken. • be negligent. • be sleepy. • be add up (to). • amount to. • assign a
wrong. • bow down. • close your eyes. number to. • be specific. • call over. •
• doze off. • drift off. • drop off. • fall call the roll. • categorize by number. •
asleep. • fall in with. • feel sleepy. • get come to. • count hands. • count off. •
sth wrong. • give your assent. • go express in figures. • go over. • keep a
along with. • hang your head. • incline count. • keep accounts. • keep the
the head. • incline your head. • make a score. • limit in number. • look on. •
mistake. • make a sign. • make a slip. mark with a number. • notch up. •
• make an error. • make obeisance. • specify by number. • take a census. •
nod assent. • nod your approval. • raise take a poll. • take roll call. • take stock
your hand in assent. • say yes. • show of. • take the number. • tell off. • tick
respect. • slip up (infml). • trip up. off. • tot up (to).
note vb –A. nurse vb –A.
allude to. • be guided by. • be mindful attend to. • breast-feed. • bring up. •
of. • bear in mind. • commit to paper. brood over. • care for. • cling to. • con-
• confirm in writing. • hint at. • jot tribute to. • give first aid to. • give
down. • listen to. • make a note of. • suck. • hold (on to). • keep alive. • lick
make known. • make mention of. • into shape. • look after. • minister to. •
mark down. • pay attention to. • pay pour balm. • pour oil. • take care of. •
regard to. • point out. • put a mark on. take into care. • wet-nurse.
• put down on paper. • put down. • put
in black and white. • put in writing. • ...
refer to. • scribble down. • set down in
black and white. • set down. • take
down. • take in. • take into account. •
take into consideration. • take note of.
• take notice of. • touch on. • trace
upon. • write down.
notice vb –AA.
be attentive. • be courteous. • become
aware of. • catch sight of. • check off.
• come across. • comment on. • com-
ment upon. • find time for. • have time
for. • hold out your hand. • just men-
tion. • lay eyes on. • look at. • look
upon. • look out. • make out. • make
time for. • mention in passing. • pay
attention to. • pay heed to. • pick out.
• prick up your ears. • refer to in pass-
ing. • remark on. • revert to. • spare
time for. • take account of. • take cog-
nizance of. • take heed of. • take into
account. • take into consideration. •
take note of. • take notice (of). • talk
125 occur

O • take a butcher’s at (infml). • take a


dekko at (infml). • take a gander at
(infml). • take a shufti at (infml). •
watch like a hawk.
object vb –A.
argue against. • be discontented. • be obtain vb –A.
in opposition to. • be obstructive. • be be customary. • be effective. • be estab-
unwilling. • beef (about) (infml). • beg lished. • be given. • be in force. • be in
to differ. • cavil (at). • complain about. use. • be prevalent. • be the case. • be
• cry blue murder. • deny in part. • the rule. • bear upon. • bring back. •
disapprove (of). • draw the line (at bring forth. • bring out. • come by. •
sth). • express disagreement (with). • come into the possession of. • drum up.
express disapproval (of). • express ob- • fetch and carry. • force from. • get at.
jection (to). • gripe (about) (infml). • • get by effort. • get hold of. • get your
grouse (about). • grumble (about). • hands on. • get your mitts on. • gobble
have reservations. • kick up a fuss/ up. • have currency. • hold good. • hold
stink (about) (infml). • kvetch (about) sway. • lay hold of. • lay up. • lay your
(infml). • lodge a protest against. • hands on. • make use of. • pick up. •
make a fuss (about). • moan (about). scrape together. • scrape up. • take pos-
• protest against. • quarrel with. • session of.
quibble (about). • raise an objection. • occupy vb –AA.
raise objection (to). • remonstrate be active with. • be concerned with. •
(against). • stick at. • take a stand be established/ensconced in. • be in
against. • take exception to. • take is- command. • be in. • be present. • be
sue (with). the tenant of. • dwell in. • employ your
observe vb –A. time in. • ensconce yourself in. • estab-
abide by. • acquiesce in. • act upon. • lish yourself in. • extend over. • fill an
adhere (to). • attend to. • be attentive. office. • fill space. • fill up. • fill your
• be heedful of. • be loyal to. • be time. • have your abode in. • have your
present (at). • carry out to the letter. • residence in. • hold down (infml). •
carry out. • catch sight of. • check out. hold the attention of. • keep busy. •
• cling to. • comply with. • conform to. keep guessing. • keep occupied. • keep
• consent to. • discharge your func- sb engaged. • live in. • live at. • lodge
tions. • do to order. • do your duty. • in. • make your home in. • move into.
follow with the eyes. • get a load of • move in. • reside in. • settle in. • stay
(infml). • have regard to. • hold by. • in. • swarm over. • take over. • take
hold high. • keep a beady eye on possession of. • take up residence in. •
(infml). • keep a tab on (infml). • keep take up space. • take up your time. •
a weather eye on. • keep an eye on take up. • tie up. • use up.
(infml). • keep holy. • keep in sight. • occur vb –AA.
keep in view. • keep tabs on (infml). • be found. • be met with. • be present.
keep track of. • keep under observa- • come about. • come into your con-
tion. • keep under scrutiny. • keep un- sciousness. • come to mind. • come to
der surveillance. • keep up. • keep pass. • come to sb. • come to you. •
watch on. • look at. • look on. • make come about. • come off. • come up. •
out. • meet with. • participate in. • crop up (infml). • cross your mind. •
pay attention to. • pay respect to. • dawn on. • enter your head. • enter
perform your office. • shape up. • spy your mind. • fall out. • fulfil expecta-
on. • spy upon. • stand by. • stick to. tions. • go down (infml). • go on. •
offer 126

have its being. • hit sb. • hit you. • • cut in. • cut open. • declare open. •
manifest itself. • occur to. • pass off. • enlarge a hole. • fan out. • fling wide
present itself. • show itself. • spring to the gates. • fly open. • fold up. • force
mind. • spring up. • strike sb. • strike an entrance. • force apart. • force open.
you. • suggest itself. • take place. • • force your way into. • get going. • get
turn out. • turn up. off the ground. • get the ball rolling. •
get the show on the road (infml). • get
offer vb –AAA.
to work. • get under way. • give a pass-
approach with. • ask for bids for. • ask
port to. • give access. • give on to. •
sb in. • be at sb’s disposal. • be at sb’s
give the open sesame. • go into busi-
service. • be hospitable. • be willing. •
ness. • hang out your shingle (infml). •
bid for. • bid up. • call in. • come for-
have a launch. • hold apart. • kick off
ward. • come up with. • confront with.
(infml). • kick open. • lay bare. • lay
• declare the bidding open. • do of
open. • lead off. • lever open. • lift the
your own accord. • do without prompt-
latch. • lock up. • make accessible. •
ing. • give an opportunity for. • hawk
make an aperture. • make convenient.
about. • hold out a carrot. • hold out
• make flow. • make obtainable. •
your hand. • hold out. • invite tenders.
make public. • make ready. • make us-
• keep the door ajar. • keep your offer
able. • muscle in. • not retain. • open
open. • lay at your feet. • leave the
for a season. • open for business. •
door open. • make a bid. • make a
open out. • open the cocks. • open the
counterproposal. • make a present of.
door to. • open the floodgates. • open
• make a proposition. • make ad-
the lock. • open to the public. • open
vances. • make an offer. • make avail-
up. • open your hand. • pour out. •
able. • make overtures. • make pos-
prize open. • pry open. • pull out (a
sible. • make proposals. • make terms.
drawer). • pull out. • punch a hole into.
• make yourself available. • mean se-
• push in. • put away. • put forth. • put
riously. • need no invitation. • not wait
forward. • put on sale. • put on view. •
to be asked. • offer an inducement. •
put up your plate. • raise the subject. •
offer for sale. • offer up. • offer your
receive business. • ring in. • rip open.
services. • place at your disposal. •
• set in motion. • set the ball rolling. •
place in your hands. • present itself. •
set up shop. • space out. • spread out.
present yourself. • put forth. • put for-
• spring up. • start the ball rolling. •
ward. • put in a bid of. • put in an of-
start trading. • start in. • steam open.
fer of. • put on the market. • put under
• straighten out. • stretch out. • swing
the hammer. • put up for sale. • put up.
wide. • take the lid off. • tear down. •
• sacrifice to. • send an invitation. •
tear open. • throw back the bolt. •
show itself. • show willing. • step for-
throw open. • throw wide. • turn back.
ward. • volunteer your services. • vow
• turn on the tap. • turn the key. • turn
to.
the knob. • wedge apart.
open vb –A.
operate vb –AAA.
admit customers. • be connected. • be
act like a charm. • act on. • act upon.
ready for customers. • be ready for visi-
• be active. • be applied. • be current.
tors. • begin business. • break open. •
• be efficacious. • be in action. • be in
break out. • break the seal. • burst
business. • be in charge of. • be in con-
forth. • burst in. • burst out from. •
trol of. • be in effect. • be in force. • be
cave in. • come apart. • command a
in operation. • be in play. • be in work-
view of. • communicate with. • crack
ing/running order. • be instrumental. •
at the seams. • crack open. • crop up.
127 order

be operative. • be successful. • be the • interfere with. • lobby against. • lock


case. • be useful. • be/remain valid. • horns with. • make a dead set against.
bear upon. • break down. • bring • mark against. • match against. •
about. • bring into action. • bring into match yourself with. • militate against.
play. • carry on. • carry out an opera- • not abide. • not accept. • not be good
tion. • come into operation. • cut open. for. • not conform. • not countenance.
• deal with. • do its job. • do its stuff. • not have any part of. • not support. •
• do your thing. • flick the switch. • object to. • oppose change. • part com-
flip the switch. • get across. • get re- pany with. • petition against. • pit
sults. • have effect. • head (up). • hold against. • play at cross purposes. • play
good. • key in. • lay about sb. • log off. off. • point the other way. • protest
• log on. • look after. • make go. • against. • put up a fight (against). •
make operate. • perform an operation. quarrel with. • raise objections. • raise
• perform surgery. • play upon. • plug your voice against. • refuse to budge. •
in. • preside over. • press the button. • run against. • run counter to. • run your
put into operation. • put under the head against. • set against. • set at
knife (infml). • remove diseased tissue. naught. • set your face against. • shoot
• rev up. • set a bone. • set going. • set at. • side against. • slam the door in
moving. • set off. • start up. • switch your face. • slap in the face. • snap your
on. • take action. • take effect. • take fingers. • speak against. • stand against.
industrial action. • tick over. • trans- • stand up and be counted against. •
plant an organ. • turn on. • turn the stand up for the other side. • stand up
trick. • use the knife. • wind up. • to. • stand your ground. • stem the tide.
work like magic. • work on. • work • strike back. • strive against. • swim
upon. against the stream. • take a stand
oppose vb –A. against. • take exception. • take issue
appeal against. • argue with/against. • with. • take on all comers. • take on. •
be against. • be antagonistic to. • be tell against. • throw the book at. • turn
anti (infml). • be at cross purposes. • against. • turn the tables. • turn thumbs
be averse to. • be contrary. • be discon- down. • vie with. • vote against. • vote
tented. • be hostile to. • be in disagree- down. • work against.
ment with. • be in opposition to. • be order vb –A.
inimical to. • be obstructive. • be op- apply for. • ask for. • call for. • call to
posed to. • be opposite. • be reluctant. order. • call up. • contract for. • estab-
• be unwilling. • beat against. • bid lish guidelines for. • get information. •
against. • call in question. • campaign get things into proportion. • give an or-
against. • canvass against. • come in der. • give the command to. • give the
conflict with. • compete with. • conflict order to. • impose a duty. • issue a com-
with. • contend with. • contrast with. mand. • keep order. • lay down the law.
• count against. • cry blue murder. • • lay down. • lay out. • make uniform.
cry down. • cry out against. • defend • make your demands known. • make
yourself. • dig your heels in. • disagree your requirements known. • order up. •
with. • disapprove of. • dissociate your- place an order for. • put in an order for.
self. • face down. • fight against. • • put in order. • put to rights. • reduce
fight off. • fly in the face of. • frown at. to order. • send an order. • send away
• go against. • go contrary to. • go to for. • send away/off for. • send for. • set
the mat. • grapple with. • have a brush in order. • set to rights. • sort out. •
with. • hold cheap. • hold out against. straighten out. • tidy up. • write off for.
organize 128

organize vb –AA.
be in charge of. • be responsible for. •
break down. • deal with. • fix up. • get
going. • get together. • get up. • keep
P
pack vb –AA.
in line. • knock into shape. • lay out. •
(make) ready. • be dense. • box up. •
lay the foundations of. • lick into shape.
bring together. • bulge out. • bundle
• line up. • look after. • make arrange-
off. • call it a day(infml). • cease to
ments for. • pull the strings. • put in
function. • clear up. • cover (up). •
order. • put straight. • put together. •
cram full. • crowd (into). • drawn in. •
see about. • see to. • set up. • sort out.
fill (to overflowing). • fill the theatre. •
• take care of. • whip into shape.
fill to capacity. • fill an order. • fill up.
owe vb –A. • fit in. • fluff up. • get ready. • give
be beholden to. • be bound to pay. • be out. • give up. • haul around. • jack in
bound. • be contracted to. • be in ar- (infml). • jack it in (infml). • jam in. •
rears to. • be in debit. • be in debt for. leave off. • make ready. • pack in. •
• be in debt to the tune of (infml). • be pack into. • pack it in (infml). • pack
in debt to. • be in the red. • be in- off. • pack up. • pile in. • press into. •
debted to. • be obligated (to). • be pull in. • put away. • put in (order). •
overdrawn (by). • be under an obliga- put in a case/trunk. • put on board. •
tion to. • feel bound. • get on credit. • put things in. • ram down. • ram in. •
have an obligation. • have borrowed. • run in. • send away. • send off. • send
have lost. • have signed a note for. • packing (infml). • sock up. • squash
have to repay. • ought to. into. • squeeze in. • squeeze into. •
own vb –A. stop working. • stow away. • take out.
acknowledge that. • admit to. • be • thrust in. • tidy up/away. • tie (up).
blessed with. • be in possession of. • be • tuck in. • wrap up.
master of. • be possessed of. • be rea- package vb –A.
sonable. • be the owner of. • be the bring together. • bundle up. • fit in. •
proud possessor of. • come clean gift wrap. • pack in. • pack up. • par-
(infml). • confess everything. • confess cel (up). • put on board. • tuck in. •
to. • count among your possessions. • wrap up.
have a deed for. • have claim upon. •
paint vb –AA.
have in hand. • have in your posses-
(use an) airbrush. • apply cosmetics. •
sion. • have inherited. • have rights to.
apply paint to. • apply pigment. • block
• have title to. • have to your name. •
in. • bring to life. • catch (a likeness
make a clean breast of it. • number
of). • colour in. • conjure up a vision. •
among your possessions. • own up. •
conjure up. • do a portrait. • do in
tell the truth about.
black-and-white. • do in oils/
... watercolours. • dress up. • gloss over. •
go out on the town (infml). • lay it on
thick. • lay on the colour. • make sb see.
• make up. • make whoopee (infml). •
paint a picture (of). • paint in oils. •
paint in words. • paint on. • paint the
town red. • put on make-up. • put on.
• set forth/out. • slap on paint. • slap
on. • splash on the colour. • spray-
129 pass

paint. • step out (infml). • touch up. • carry over. • cease to exist. • change
whoop it up (infml). • write a pen por- hands. • clear the way. • clear up. •
trait of. close your eyes to. • come about. •
come off well. • come off with flying
park vb –A.
colours. • come out on top. • come out
place in order. • place in rows. • place
the other side. • come through. • come
yourself. • pull up. • pull over. • put
to an end. • come to pass. • come to the
down. • set down. • sit on.
front. • come up to scratch in (infml). •
part vb –A. come up to snuff in (infml). • come well
be off. • be on your way. • bid farewell. out of it. • cross over. • cross under. •
• branch off. • break up. • come apart. cut across. • declare acceptable. • de-
• come to the parting of the ways. • cut clare adequate. • declare satisfactory. •
adrift. • cut loose. • divide in two. • declare successful. • die down. • die
get a divorce. • get a separation. • get out. • draw to a close. • elbow through.
divorced. • get going. • give up. • go • fade away. • fail to take advantage of.
away. • go your (separate) ways. • go • flake out (infml). • flash by. • flit by.
off. • hit the road (infml). • hold apart. • flow by. • flow past. • flow through.
• let go of. • make your adieus. • make • fly by. • fly past. • force a passage. •
your farewells. • move apart. • part gain a pass in. • get across. • get ahead
company. • part ways. • part with. • of. • get ahead. • get past. • get
part from. • push off (infml). • say through. • give a false identity. • give a
adieu. • say farewell. • say good night. good account of yourself. • give marks
• say goodbye. • say your farewells. • for. • glide by. • gloss over. • go across.
say your goodbyes. • seek a divorce. • • go ahead of. • go beyond. • go by/
seek a separation. • separate ways. • past. • go in opposite directions. • go
set off. • share out. • shove off (infml). on. • go over the ground. • go over. •
• split in two. • split up. • take leave. go past. • go through. • go uncensored.
• take your departure. • take your • go undisputed. • go unheeded. • go
leave. • take yourself off. • tear your- unnoticed. • go unremarked. • go off. •
self away. hand out. • hand over. • hand round. •
pass vb –AAA. have accepted as genuine. • have lei-
agree to. • be accepted (as). • be at an sure. • have the best of it. • leave be-
end. • be bequeathed. • be brought to hind. • leave on one side. • let out. • let
a conclusion. • be completed. • be con- sb have. • let slip. • let through. • look
signed. • be established. • be given. • right. • lose consciousness. • make a
be good. • be graduated. • be handed crossing. • make a transition. • make
down/on. • be in fashion. • be in mo- legal. • make the grade. • make your
tion. • be left. • be made over. • be way. • meet the requirements of. • melt
mistaken for. • be over. • be passed on. away. • move fast. • move on. • move
• be past. • be praised. • be ratified. • past. • not stop. • not take into consid-
be regarded as. • be sanctioned. • be eration. • open a way. • pass along. •
signed over. • be successful in. • be su- pass and repass. • pass beyond. • pass
perior. • be taken for. • be transferred. by. • pass from hand to hand. • pass in
• be transient. • be turned over. • be front. • pass muster in. • pass over. •
turned to. • beat the record. • become pass the test. • pass through. • pass
law. • become valid. • black out. • with honours. • pay no attention to. •
blow over. • bridge over. • bring to peter out. • pull ahead of. • put into
pass. • brush aside. • carry across. • effect. • reach a new high. • reach the
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other side. • roll by. • run its course. • (infml). • cough up for (infml). • cross
run past. • sail through (infml). • your palm with silver. • dig up. • dish
scrape through (infml). • seep through. out (infml). • do the needful. • do your
• set forth. • skip a turn. • slide into. duty. • dole out. • draw money. • draw
• slip away. • slip by. • soak through. • upon. • endorse a cheque. • foot the bill
squeeze through. • stand the test. • for. • fork out for (infml). • fork out. •
step over. • succeed in. • take no notice fork over. • get a receipt. • get even
of. • take place. • take up. • thread with (infml). • get your deserts. • get
through. • tick by. • turn a blind eye to. results. • get revenge on. • get square
• turn a deaf ear to. • use (up). • vote with the world. • get your comeup-
for. • wade across. • wade through. • pance for (infml). • get your deserts for.
wear on. • while away. • work over. • • give back. • give payment to. • go
worm your way. through. • grant claims. • grease the
palm. • hand out. • hand over. •
pause vb –A.
honour (a bill). • keep faith. • lay out.
be discontinuous. • be in two minds. •
• let go. • make a profit. • make a re-
be inactive. • be irresolute. • be uncer-
turn. • make amends. • make atone-
tain. • bide your time. • break off. •
ment. • make good. • make money. •
break your journey. • breathing space.
make payment. • make redundant. •
• calm down. • catch your breath. •
meet an obligation. • meet charges. •
come to rest. • cool it. • ease off. • halt
meet with success. • meet your obliga-
for a moment. • hang back. • hang fire.
tions. • negotiate a trade-off. • open
• have a breather (infml). • hold back.
your purse. • open your wallet. • part
• hold your horses. • hold up. • let up
with. • pay a penalty. • pay back. • pay
(infml). • mark time. • move slowly. •
dividends. • pay in advance. • pay in
not act. • pull up. • put in. • put on ice.
full. • pay in kind. • pay off old scores.
• put on the backburner. • rest your
• pay off. • pay on call. • pay on deliv-
oars. • shilly-shally. • sit on the fence.
ery. • pay on demand. • pay on sight. •
• stay your hand. • stop and consider.
pay on the dot. • pay on the nail. • pay
• stop at. • stop briefly. • stop for
out. • pay overtime. • pay sb out. • pay
breath. • stop off. • stop over. • take a
the price (for). • pay through the nose.
break. • take a breath. • take a
• pay up. • pay wages. • pay well. •
breather (infml). • take your time. •
pay your debt. • pay your dues. • pick
think twice. • wait and see. • wait
up the check. • pick up the tab. • pony
awhile.
up (infml). • provide a living. • put
pay vb –AAA. down. • put money up front. • put up.
acknowledge a claim. • admit a right. • put your hand in your pocket. • put
• ante up. • avenge yourself on. • bal- your money on the line. • rake in
ance accounts with. • be advantageous (infml). • reckon with. • redeem your
to. • be beneficial to. • be effective. • pledge. • retaliate against. • satisfy a
be of advantage to. • be of benefit to. claim. • settle a score with. • settle ac-
• be profitable (to). • be punished counts with. • settle up for. • settle up
(for). • be remunerative. • be success- with. • shell out (for) (infml). • show
ful. • be useful. • be worth your while. gain. • show profit. • square accounts
• be worthwhile to. • bear the cost. • with. • stump up. • suffer for. • suffer
bear the expense. • become bankrupt. the consequences. • take care of. • take
• bring in. • cash a cheque. • chip in. your medicine. • tickle the palm. • turn
• clear accounts with. • come through into cash. • unloose the purse strings. •
with. • come up to scratch. • cough up weigh out. • write a cheque. • yield
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profit. chance. • give sb authorization. • give


sb leave. • give sb/sth the nod. • give
perform vb –AA.
scope. • give the all clear. • give the go-
acquit itself. • acquit yourself of. • act
ahead to. • give the green light to
a part. • act on. • act out. • act the part
(infml). • give the OK to. • give the
of. • act your part. • address yourself
thumbs up to. • give your blessing to. •
to. • apply yourself to. • be angry. • be
give your consent/assent to. • go out of
engaged in. • be instrumental. • be on
your way to. • grant claims. • grant
stage. • be useful. • bring about. •
immunity. • grant leave. • grant sb the
bring off. • bring to pass. • carry into
right. • issue a blank cheque. • leave it
execution. • carry off. • carry on. •
open. • leave the way open. • let alone.
carry out to the letter. • carry out. •
• let be. • let off the hook. • let sb try.
carry through. • come through with. •
• let sleeping dogs lie. • let the ayes
concern yourself with. • deal with. •
have it. • lift a ban. • live and let live.
devote yourself to. • discharge the du-
• make it easy for. • make legal. • make
ties of. • dispose of. • do a play. • do
possible. • make way for. • not stand in
justice to. • do what is expected of you.
the way. • open the door to. • open the
• do your duty. • do your part. • do
floodgates. • permit yourself. • please
your stuff. • engage in. • fall to. • fol-
yourself. • put up with. • raise an em-
low through. • get in on the act. • give
bargo. • restore permission. • safe-con-
yourself up to. • go about. • go in for.
duct. • sanction a claim. • say the word.
• go on the warpath. • go through
• say yes. • shut your eyes to. • stand
tricks. • go through with. • go through
for. • take the liberty. • tip the wink. •
your repertoire. • have effect. • have
turn a blind eye. • wink at.
free play. • keep your hand in. • lift a
finger. • look to. • make a move. • persuade vb –A.
make a row. • make a scene. • make an argue sb into. • bring around. • bring
exhibition of yourself. • make it your over. • bring round. • bring sb round. •
business. • make short work of. • bring to your senses. • carry with you.
muddle through. • occupy yourself • cause to believe. • cram down your
with. • play music. • play the fool. • throat. • gain the confidence of. • get
play-act. • pull off. • put across. • put round. • lead to believe. • make be-
in action. • put in force. • put in mo- lieve. • make certain. • make sb see the
tion. • put into effect. • put on an act. light. • make your point. • overcome
• put on the stage. • put on. • put another’s resistance. • press sb into. •
through. • role-play. • show off. • take pressure sb into. • pressurize sb into. •
action. • take care of. • take measures. prevail on/upon. • prod sb into. • rea-
• tread the boards. • try out for. • work son sb into. • remove doubt. • sell a bill
out. of goods. • sell on. • smooth-talk
(infml). • soft-soap (infml). • sweet-talk
permit vb –A.
(infml). • talk sb into sth. • talk sb into.
accede to. • acquiesce in. • admit of. •
• talk into. • turn sb on to. • twist sb’s
agree to. • allow a claim. • allow a free
arm (infml). • wear down. • wheedle sb
hand. • allow the possibility of. • allow
into. • win an argument. • win over. •
to stand. • allow yourself. • approve of.
win sb over.
• assent to. • be lax. • be lenient. • be
patient. • be possible. • consent to. • phone vb –A.
give (sb) permission. • give an oppor- call up. • get on the blower (infml). •
tunity. • give carte blanche. • give get on the phone to. • get sb on the
clearance. • give leave. • give sb a horn (infml). • get sb on the phone. •
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give sb a bell (infml). • give sb a buzz • find employment for. • find room for.
(infml). • give sb a call. • give sb a ring • find the place. • fix in. • gain victory.
(infml). • give sb a tinkle (infml). • • get a bull’s-eye. • hit the mark. • hit
make a call (to). • place a call to. • the nail on the head. • lay down. • nar-
ring (up) (infml). row down. • pin down. • pin point. •
pick vb –AA. place right. • place with. • put a name
break into. • break open. • bring to. • put down. • put in front. • put in
about. • bring home. • decide on. • eat order. • put in place. • put sb up. • put
like a bird. • eat listlessly. • eat spar- to bed. • put up. • put your finger on.
ingly of. • fire at. • fix on. • fix upon. • quarter upon. • saddle on. • send
• force open. • gather (in). • get bet- ahead. • set down. • set in context. •
ter. • get the hang of (infml). • get to set out. • set up. • slot in. • station be-
know. • give sb a ride. • gun down. • fore. • tuck in. • tuck up.
hand-pick. • happen upon. • have no plan vb –A.
appetite. • help yourself to. • make a angle for. • arrange for. • attack a prob-
comeback. • make headway. • make lem. • bargain for. • be at. • be cunning.
out. • make progress. • make up • be resolved. • be resourceful. • be
(your) mind. • nibble at. • opt for. • wise. • block in. • block out. • bore
pick out. • play with. • plump for. • from within. • calculate on. • chalk out.
prise open. • push the food round the • come through. • conceive a plan. •
plate. • push your food around (on) cook up. • deal with. • design a proto-
your plate. • settle on. • settle upon. • type. • do everything with a purpose. •
shoot down. • show no appetite for. • dope out. • draw up a layout of. • draw
sift out. • single out. • sort out. • start up a plan of. • draw up a programme.
again. • stir up. • stumble across. • • draw up a schedule. • draw up. • es-
take into custody. • take very small tablish parameters. • fall on. • figure
bites from. • tell apart. • toy with. • for. • figure on. • find a way. • find
vote for. • whip up. means. • fix for. • fix to. • fix up. • fol-
picture vb –A. low a plan. • form a plan. • get ready.
call to mind. • capture on film/cellu- • grind your axe. • have a policy. • have
loid. • catch (a likeness of). • conceive an axe to grind. • have in mind. • hit
of. • conjure up a picture of. • conjure on. • lay in provisions. • lay out. • lay
up an image of. • dream about. • fan- the foundation. • legislate for. • line up.
tasize about. • get a photo(graph) of. • look ahead. • make a chart of. • make
• get a picture of. • get a shot of. • get a drawing of. • make a map of. • make
a snapshot/snap of. • paint a picture of. a plan. • make a representation of. •
• record on film/celluloid. • see in the make arrangements. • make plans. •
mind’s eye. • see in your mind. • see in make shift to. • map out. • mark out a
your mind’s eye. • seen in your mind. course. • not be at a loss. • pack the
• take a photo(graph) of. • take a pic- deal. • plan ahead. • plan an attack. •
ture of. • take a shot of. • take a snap- plan for. • plan out. • plan well. • pre-
shot/snap of. • take sb’s picture/photo. pare a sketch. • put on ice. • put up a
job. • ready up. • reckon on. • rough in.
place vb –A. • rough out. • set guidelines. • set up.
aim well. • assign a place. • bed down. • shape a course. • show prudence. •
• bring to rest. • consign to a place. • sketch out. • stage-manage. • steer your
find a home for. • find a job for. • find course. • take measures. • think ahead.
a place for. • find accommodation for. • think out. • think up. • work out. •
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work to a schedule. • work up. (infml). • lark around (infml). • lay


emphasis on. • make jokes. • make
plant vb –A. light of. • make little of. • make merry.
aim well. • be in. • bed out. • fix in. •
• make music on. • match yourself. •
get a bull’s-eye. • hit the mark. • make
mess about/around (with) (infml). •
fruitful. • place secretly. • plant out. •
monkey about/around. • move lightly.
prick out. • puddle in. • put in the
• participate in. • perform on. • play
ground. • salt a mine. • scatter the
against. • play along. • play around. •
seed. • set out. • slot in. • sow the
play at. • play ball. • play by the rules.
seeds of.
• play down. • play fair. • play for time.
play vb –AAA. • play games. • play it by ear. • play
abide by the rules. • act the clown. • music. • play on. • play the fool. • play
act the fool. • act the goat (infml). • act the game. • play the part of. • play up
the part of. • affect the role of. • amuse to. • play up. • play with. • pretend to
(yourself) with. • amuse yourself. • ap- be. • profit by. • put emphasis on. • run
pear as. • assume the role of. • be a a race. • set little store by. • show off.
good sport. • be a nuisance to. • be a • show willing. • suck up to (infml). •
practical joker. • be at leisure. • be take advantage of. • take it as it comes.
cheerful. • be in a team. • be in action. • take on. • take part in. • take the part
• be in play. • be involved in. • be mal- of. • take the role of. • think little of. •
functioning. • be misbehaved. • be mis- toady to. • toe the line. • toy with. •
chievous. • be naughty. • be not work- trade on. • trifle with. • try to get on
ing properly. • be on the blink (infml). the good side of. • turn to your account.
• be operative. • be painful. • be sore. • vie with. • walk all over (infml).
• be the life of the party. • be trouble-
please vb –AA.
some. • be willing. • bring attention to.
afford pleasure. • agree with. • be
• bring to the fore. • butter up (infml).
agreeable to. • be inclined. • be lax. •
• call attention to. • capitalize on. •
cheer up. • crown your bliss. • crown
carry on. • carry out. • cause pain. •
your wishes. • give a golden hello to. •
cause to sound. • cause trouble. •
give a sweetener to. • give pleasure to.
clown around. • compete against. •
• leave nothing more to be desired. •
compete in. • contend against. • curry
leave sb walking on air. • make com-
favour with. • cut capers. • cut up. •
fortable. • make contented. • make
dally with. • disport yourself. • divert
happy. • make sb content. • make sb
yourself. • do a play. • do the pools. •
feel good. • make sb glad. • make sb
draw attention to. • engage in games.
pleased. • make things pleasant. •
• engage in. • enjoy yourself. • enter-
make up to. • make your day. • pander
tain yourself. • fawn over. • fidget with.
to. • put at ease. • put in a good
• flow out. • follow the rules. • fool
humour. • raise to the seventh heaven.
about with. • fool around with. • gain
• rejoice the heart. • see fit. • sit well
time. • give prominence to. • give sb
with. • sugarcoat the pill. • think fit. •
gyp (infml). • give the appearance of. •
tickle pink (infml). • tickle the fancy. •
give trouble. • gloss over. • go along
yield pleasure.
with the plan. • hand back. • hang fire.
• have a good time. • have a love affair. point vb –A.
• have an affair. • have fun. • horse attract notice. • bat your eyelashes. • be
around. • idle away. • impose on. • in- a sign/symptom of. • be evidence of. •
terchange colour. • join in. • jump be symptomatic of. • bring to bear. •
about. • keep in play. • lark (about) bring to the fore. • call attention to. •
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cast the first stone. • draw attention predict vb –A.


to. • give prominence to. • lay empha- be cautious. • be prophetic. • be truth-
sis on. • lay stress on. • play up. • ful. • bid fair to. • bode ill. • build up
point a finger at. • point out. • point hopes. • come before. • consider the
to. • point towards. • point up. • point consequences. • excite expectations. •
your finger. • put emphasis on. • raise give hope. • give hopes of. • give no-
your hand. • throw in your teeth. tice. • give warning. • hazard a guess.
position vb –A. • hold out hopes. • look ahead. • look
lay out. • settle in. black. • look ominous. • make a predic-
tion. • make a prognosis. • mean no
post vb –A. good. • paint a rosy picture. • promise
assign to a post. • fill in on (infml). • trouble. • raise expectations. • shadow
keep sb posted. • make known. • mark forth. • spell danger. • tell in advance.
out. • put up. • report to. • send to
take up an appointment. • stick up. • prefer vb –AA.
tack up. be more partial to. • care to. • go for.
• have a preference. • incline towards.
pound vb –A. • lean toward. • lean towards. • like
beat against. • beat heavily. • beat the better. • move up. • opt for. • plump
living daylights out of. • clump along. for. • put forward. • single out. • think
• crack into/against. • crash against. • preferable. • would rather (have). •
dash against. • fire on. • give sb a would sooner (have).
(good) hiding. • go pit-a-pat. • knock
into the middle of next week. • lace prepare vb –AA.
into. • lay into. • let sb have it. • light arm yourself. • arrange for. • arrange
into (infml). • make mincemeat of. • things. • be cautious. • be prepared. •
pitch into. • pitter-patter. • rain blows be ready. • be strong. • block out. •
on. • run heavily. • set on. • sound break in. • build a bridge. • build up. •
dead. • stick one on (infml). • stomp choose your ground. • clear the decks.
along. • tear into. • tread heavily on. • come before. • cut out. • cut the first
• walk heavily on. • walk heavily. • turf. • dish up. • do homework. • do
weigh into. preparation. • do the groundwork. • do
the necessary. • do the spadework. •
pour vb –A. draw up. • face up to. • fit out. • fit
be bucketing. • be chucking it down yourself out. • gear yourself up (infml).
(infml). • beat down. • bucket down • get everything set. • get into shape
(infml). • come down by the bucketful (for). • get ready. • get set. • gird up
(infml). • come down in buckets/ your loins (infml). • guard against. •
bucket-loads (infml). • come down in hold yourself in readiness. • kit yourself
sheets. • come down in stair rods out. • knock up (infml). • lay in. • lay
(infml). • come down in torrents. • the foundation stone. • lay the founda-
come down like stair-rods. • lash tions. • lay the groundwork. • lead up
down. • let fall. • let flow. • make to. • leave nothing to chance. • limber
flow. • pelt down. • piss down. • pour up. • make arrangements. • make
out. • rain cats and dogs (infml). • preparations. • make provision. • make
rain hard. • rain heavily. • rain pitch- ready. • make snug. • nerve yourself. •
forks (infml). • replenish with. • ripple pave the way (for). • prepare for a
down (infml). • sheet down. • teem rainy day. • prepare for. • prepare the
down. • tip down. ground. • provide against. • provide
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for. • provide the basis. • psych your- call for action. • call for. • clamour for.
self up (infml). • put in order. • put in • demand attention. • dragoon into. •
readiness. • put in the picture. • put sb fold in your arms. • force down. • give
on their guard. • put together. • read sth a squeeze. • have an insufficiency
up on. • rig yourself out. • roll up your of. • have barely enough of. • have sb
sleeves. • rough-hew. • rustle up do sth. • have too little of. • hold close.
(infml). • seek safety. • set for. • set to • hold down. • insist on. • lean on. •
work. • set your house in order. • make flat. • make haste. • pack down.
smooth the way. • soften up. • sow the • pin down. • press down. • press on.
seed. • suit up. • take (the necessary) • prevail on. • push down. • push for-
steps. • take measures. • take precau- ward. • push on. • put creases in. • put
tions. • think up. • warm up. • work forward. • put pressure on. • put the
out. • work up. heat on (infml). • put the screws on
(infml). • put your nose to the grind-
present vb –A. stone. • put your shoulder to the wheel.
acquaint sb with. • acquaint with. • be • railroad into (infml). • remove
the presenter of. • bring up. • bring creases from. • require attention. •
forward. • bring out. • drop off. • give screw down. • smooth out. • steam-
a prize. • give an introduction. • give roller into. • twist sb’s arm (infml). •
out. • give away. • hand out. • hand use pressure on. • use strong-arm tac-
over. • lay at your feet. • make ac- tics on.
quainted with. • make known to each
other. • make known. • make with. • prevent vb –AA.
offer a reward. • offer up. • place in be a way round. • fend off. • head off.
your hands. • put at (sb’s) disposal. • • hold back. • keep under. • nip in the
put before the public. • put forth. • bud. • not allow. • pre-empt. • put a
put on show/display. • put on view. • stop to. • shut out. • stave off. • turn
put on. • put up. • put forward. • set aside. • ward off.
forth. print vb –AA.
preserve vb –A. bring out. • do lettering. • get ready for
bottle up. • care for. • cold-pack. • the press. • go to press. • have printed.
continue with. • do up. • dry-cure. • • let them roll. • machine off. • make
freeze-dry. • keep alive. • keep fresh. ready. • pre-print. • print off. • print
• keep going. • keep in good repair. • up. • pull off. • pull proof. • put to bed
keep on ice. • keep safe. • keep under (infml). • run off. • see through the
cover. • keep up. • let spoil. • look af- press. • send to press. • set in print. •
ter. • not let go. • put aside. • put set type. • set up in type. • set up. •
away. • put down. • put in brine. • put silk-screen. • start the presses. • take an
in vinegar. • put up. • quick freeze. • impression. • use the press.
save alive. • seal up. • set apart. • produce vb –AAA.
shore up. • smoke-cure. • smoke-dry. be conducive to. • be profitable. • bear
• sun-dry. • take care of. • watch over. fruit. • bear young. • breed stock. •
press vb –A. bring about. • bring forth. • bring for-
advance insistently. • be pressed for. • ward. • bring in. • bring into being. •
be pressing. • be short of. • be bring into the world. • bring out. •
strapped for (infml). • be urgent. • bring to birth. • bring to light. • bring
bear down on. • bear upon. • brow- to notice. • bring up. • carry out. •
beat into. • bulldoze into (infml). • churn out. • cobble together. • come
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out with. • come through. • come up progress vb –A.


with. • contribute to. • crank out. • do advance by leaps and bounds. • be
a play. • draw out. • fish out. • get up. afoot. • be getting there (infml). • be in
• give birth to. • give forth. • give life motion. • be on foot. • become better.
to. • give rise to. • grind out. • ham- • break the back of. • break through. •
mer out. • make for. • make fruitful. • clear the way. • climb the ladder. •
make up. • mass-produce. • pull out. come along. • come on. • cover the
• put before the public. • put forward. ground/territory. • do well. • drive on.
• put on the stage. • put on. • put to- • elbow through. • elbow your way. •
gether. • put forth. • reproduce itself. fight your way. • flow on. • forge
• result in. • run up. • scare up. • sell ahead. • gain ground. • gain height. •
for. • set forth. • set off. • set up. • gain on. • gain time. • get a move on.
show fruit. • spark off. • stage-man- • get ahead. • get better. • get on. • get
age. • think up. • trot out. • turn out. along. • get past. • go forward. • go on.
• yield results. • go with the times. • go ahead. • go
profit vb –A. better with. • hold its course. • hold
be advantageous to. • be beneficial to. on. • hold your lead. • jog on. • keep
• be helpful to. • be of advantage to. going. • keep on. • leave behind. • look
• be of benefit to. • be of service to. • up. • maintain progress. • make a
be of use/value to. • be profitable. • be breakthrough. • make a good start. •
to your advantage. • be useful. • be make good progress. • make headway.
worthwhile. • benefit from. • capital- • make initial progress. • make
ize on. • cash in on (infml). • clean up. progress. • make rapid strides. • make
• derive advantage from. • derive ben- strides. • make up leeway. • make up
efit from. • do good. • do sb good. • time. • make your way. • make way. •
earn a dividend. • further the interests march on. • move fast. • move for-
of. • gain from. • learn from. • line ward/on. • move onward. • move with
your pockets. • lose out on. • make a the times. • never look back. • pass on.
bundle. • make a fast/quick buck • pick your way. • press forward. •
(infml). • make a good thing of press on. • press onwards. • promise
(infml). • make a killing (infml). • well. • push forward. • push on. • push
make a packet. • make a profit. • your way. • raise the sights. • reach out
make big bucks (infml). • make capi- to. • reach towards. • recover lost
tal of. • make good use of. • make ground. • rise higher. • rub on. • run
money. • miss out on. • profit from. • on. • shape up. • shoot ahead. • shoul-
put to good use. • rake it in (infml). • der your way. • show promise. • slog
reap profits. • reap the benefit of. • on. • squeeze through. • take a step
stand sb in good stead. • take advan- forward/up. • take its course. • take
tage of. • turn to advantage/account. steps forward. • wag on. • work your
way. • worm your way.
program vb –A.
activate a computer. • feed in. • feed project vb –A.
through. be conspicuous. • be imminent. • be
prominent. • be visible. • bulge out. •
programme vb –A. chalk out. • hang out. • hang over. • jut
gather way. • lay on. • lay out. • line out. • lap over. • lay out. • lay a course.
up. • make inroads (into). • make • let fall. • make carry. • map out. •
your way. • map out. • work out. plan out. • poke out. • pop out. •
present yourself as. • push out. • put
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across. • put over. • ride over. • set with. • contribute to. • find means. •
forth. • set on its way. • sketch out. • further your purpose. • get behind. •
stand out. • start out. • stick out. • give a higher position to. • give a higher
stretch out. • thrust out. • work out. rank to. • give a plug to (infml). • give
promise vb –AA. a puff to. • give promotion to. • give
accept a liability. • accept an obliga- publicity to. • hype up (infml). • im-
tion. • accept responsibility. • answer prove the position of. • improve the sta-
for. • be a presage of. • be a sign of. • tus of. • jump up. • kick upstairs
be auspicious. • be bound. • be evi- (infml). • lend wings to. • lobby for. •
dence of. • be likely. • bid fair to. • make better. • make for. • make likely.
bind yourself. • break faith. • build up • make the most of. • move up. • place
hopes. • commit yourself. • cross your in a higher rank. • puff up. • push for.
heart (and hope to die). • engage to. • • put ahead. • put forward. • put in
enter into an engagement. • exchange front. • put in lights. • put in the way
vows. • excite expectations. • give a to. • raise the money. • rave about. •
firm date. • give an undertaking set going. • set in motion. • set up. •
(that…/to…). • give an/every indica- speak for. • speed up. • step up. • sub-
tion of. • give assurance. • give good scribe to. • trot out. • work for. • write
grounds for expecting. • give hope up.
(of). • give hopes of. • give your word. protect vb –AA.
• give security. • give warranty. • give afford protection to. • bear sb company.
your assurance (that). • give your • care for. • cover up for. • cover up. •
word (that). • go bail for. • have the give sanctuary. • keep from harm. •
makings of. • hint at. • hold out hopes keep safe. • look after. • mount guard
(of). • hold out. • incur a duty. • keep on. • mount guard over. • shield from.
a promise. • lead sb to expect. • live up • stand guard on. • stand guard over. •
to. • look like. • make a gentleman’s stand up for. • stick up for (infml). •
agreement. • make a promise. • make take care of. • take in tow. • take under
vows. • make yourself answerable. • your wing. • take up. • watch over.
make yourself liable. • offer worship. •
protest vb –A.
pledge that/to. • pledge your honour.
appeal against. • be active. • be discon-
• pledge your word. • pledge yourself.
tented. • be unwilling. • beef about
• point to. • promise to pay. • promise
(infml). • bitch about (infml). • boycott
well. • raise expectations. • say you
sth. • complain about. • cry blue mur-
will. • seem likely. • set fair. • shake on
der. • cry out. • demonstrate against. •
it. • shape up well. • show promise. •
disapproval of. • down tools. • express
show signs of. • sign on the dotted line.
disagreement (with). • express disap-
• stake your credit. • strike a bargain.
proval. • express opposition. • form a
• swear (that/to). • swear an oath. •
human chain. • go on strike. • gripe
take an oath (that/to). • take on your-
about (infml). • grouse about (infml). •
self. • take your oath on it. • vouch for.
hold a rally. • insist on. • kick (against)
• vow and protest. • vow that/to.
(infml). • kick against the pricks. • kick
promote vb –AA. up a fuss (about) (infml). • kick up a
bang the drum for. • be instrumental. stink. • make a fuss (about_. • make a
• be useful. • beat the drum for protest about. • make a protest against.
(infml). • bounce up. • bring forward. • make a protest at. • make a protest.
• bring on. • bring to notice. • build • make a stand (against). • mean what
up. • call attention to. • come out you say. • object to. • occupy some-
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where. • opposition to. • picket some- make arrangements (for). • make avail-
where. • protest against. • put up a able. • make deliveries. • make due
fight (against). • raise objections (to). provision. • make it a condition. •
• raise the dust. • raise your voice make plans (for). • make preparations
against. • refuse to cooperate. • say no (for). • make provision (for). • make
to. • sit in. • sleep in. • speak out. • ready. • meet an order. • part with. •
stage a dirty protest. • stop work. • pay alimony. • plan ahead. • plan for.
swear to. • take a stand against. • take • pony up. • prepare for. • provide
a stand. • take exception (to). • take against. • provide board of. • provide
industrial action. • take issue about. • entertainment. • provide for yourself. •
take issue on. • take issue over. • take provide for. • provide sustenance for. •
issue. • take up the cudgels. • testify provide with arms. • provide with
to. • walk out. • work to rule. teeth. • provision yourself. • pump in.
• put forward. • put up. • rig out. • rig
prove vb –AA.
up. • scare up. • serve up. • service an
be found to be. • be found. • be
order. • set out. • stock up. • take care
proved. • be the case. • be true. • bear
of. • take measures (against). • take on
out. • come out. • demonstrate the
supplies. • take precautions (against).
truth of. • end up. • establish evi-
• take steps (against). • top up. • wait
dence. • give substance to. • make
on.
good. • produce evidence. • produce
proof. • prove the truth of. • prove to publish vb –AA.
be. • put to the proof. • put to the test. attract notice. • bandy about. • blow
• put to trial. • show beyond doubt. • wide open. • bring forward. • bring
show clearly. • show to be true. • sub- into the open. • bring out. • bring to
mit evidence. • submit proof. • try out. notice. • bring to public attention. •
• turn out. • undertake to prove. • bring to public notice. • buzz about. •
witness to. call attention to. • carry a report. •
come out with. • dispatch news. • do
provide vb –AAA.
publishing. • drag into the limelight. •
allow for. • ante up (infml). • arrange
enter the publishing field. • fly a kite.
for. • be hospitable. • be prepared
• get out. • give forth. • give out. •
(for). • bring forth. • bring in a supply.
give to the world. • have printed. •
• care for. • cater for the market. • ca-
hawk about. • issue a press notice/re-
ter for. • come up with. • cook for. •
lease. • lay before the public. • let it be
deliver the goods. • dish up. • do for
known. • make known. • make public.
yourself. • do for. • draw on. • favour
• noise abroad. • own a publishing
with. • fend for. • find means. • fit out.
house. • pass round. • put out. • put to
• fix up (infml). • forearm yourself. •
press. • run off. • send forth. • send
fork out (infml). • gather food. • get
news. • shout from the rooftops
ready (for). • give alimony. • give as a
(infml). • show off. • speak of. • spread
condition. • give food to. • give to eat.
a rumour. • spread abroad. • talk
• guard against. • hand around. •
about. • talk of. • use the press. • write
hand out. • have as a condition. • in-
an open letter. • write up.
dulge with. • keep a stock. • keep
alive. • keep supplied. • kit out. • lay pull vb –AA.
down a cellar. • lay down. • lay in a bring in. • bring out. • catch the eye of.
stock. • lay in drink. • lay out. • lay up • draw out. • pull in. • pull out. • pull
for a rainy day. • look after. • maintain to bits. • pull to pieces. • put out of
supply. • make adequate provision. • joint. • rip off. • root out. • strain at. •
139 put

take apart. • take out. • take to bits. • ride roughshod over. • sell under the
take to pieces. • tear off. • use tobacco. counter. • set in motion. • set your
• wrench off. • yank off (infml). • yank shoulder to. • shove along. • speed
out (infml). (up). • spur on. • steamroller into. •
purchase vb –A. twist sb’s arm (infml). • use strong arm
acquire by purchase. • act as a white tactics on.
knight for. • bear the cost of. • bestow put vb –AAA.
your custom. • bid for. • bid up. • buy allocate to. • ascribe to. • assign to. •
back. • buy from. • buy in instalments. attach to. • attribute to. • bracket with.
• buy in. • buy off. • buy on account. • bring forward. • categorize with. •
• buy on an instalment plan. • buy on classify with. • consign to. • impute to.
credit. • buy on hire purchase. • buy • lay before. • lay by. • lay down/aside.
on the never-never. • buy out. • buy • lay on. • place in. • put down. • salt
outright. • buy over the counter. • buy away. • set aside. • set back. • set be-
over. • buy service. • buy shares. • buy fore. • set down. • subject to.
up. • buy yourself in. • come by. •
...
complete a purchase. • contract for. •
get by purchase. • get hold of (infml).
• get your hands on (infml). • get your
mitts on (infml). • get your money’s
worth. • go shopping. • have a shop-
ping list. • invest in. • make a corner
in. • make a good buy. • make a pur-
chase. • make a take-over bid. • pay by
cheque. • pay by instalment. • pay
cash for. • pay for. • pay on the spot. •
pick up. • propose a merger. • pur-
chase by mail order. • purchase by tele-
ordering. • put money into. • shop for.
• sink your money in. • window-shop.
push vb –AA.
bang the drum for. • bear down on. •
beat the drum for. • browbeat into. •
bulldoze into (infml). • crush against.
• cry up. • dragoon into. • drive on-
ward. • egg on. • exert influence on. •
exert pressure on. • force your way. •
give a plug to (infml). • give a puff to.
• give a push to. • give publicity to. •
hold down. • hype up. • inch along. •
keep after. • lean on. • make known. •
make your way. • press down. • prevail
on. • puff up (infml). • push down. •
push out of your way. • put forth your
strength. • put in motion. • put pres-
sure on. • put the heat on (infml). •
put the screws on (infml). • railroad
into (infml). • rest your weight on. •
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Q examine. • cross-question. • engage in


conversation. • entertain doubts about.
• estimate for. • exchange words. •
express doubts. • express reservations
qualify vb –A.
about. • express suspicions about. •
add a rider to. • add reservations to. •
feel uneasy about. • give the third de-
add to. • alter the case. • be allowed.
gree to. • harbour reservations about.
• be authorized. • be certified. • be
• have reservations (about). • have
considered. • be counted. • be desig-
suspicions about. • join in a conversa-
nated. • be eligible. • be entitled to. •
tion. • make inquiry. • make reference
be equipped. • be good. • be licensed.
to. • object to. • pick your brains. • put
• be permitted. • be successful. • be
in a word. • put questions to. • put to
superior. • be unsuited. • become un-
the question. • raise a question. • raise
fit. • come off well. • come off with
doubts about. • raise objections to. •
flying colours. • come out on top. •
refer to. • set a price for. • show curi-
come through with flying colours. •
osity. • sound out. • stick at. • subject
come well out of it. • deny in part. •
of (or under) discussion. • throw doubt
draw the line. • exercise discretion. •
on.
fill the bill. • gain certification. • gain
qualifications. • get through. • give a quote vb –AA.
good account of yourself. • give terms. allude to. • bring up. • call attention
• have reservations. • have the best of to. • make reference to. • name a
it. • have the requisites. • insert a pro- price. • point out. • price sth at. • put
viso. • insert a qualifying clause. • in- forward. • refer to. • say again. • spell
sist on. • introduce new conditions. • out.
land on your feet. • leave a loophole. ...
• make a distinction. • make additions
to. • make allowance for. • make an
exception. • make conditional. • make
exceptions. • make fit. • make ready.
• make the grade. • make the grade. •
measure up. • meet a requirement of.
• meet the demands. • meet the re-
quirement of. • meet the requirements.
• meet the specifications. • pass mus-
ter. • raise an objection. • relax the
rigour of. • see the difference. • stand
the test. • stick at. • take cognizance
of. • take exception. • take instruction.
• take into account. • tone down.
question vb –A.
affirm the contrary. • ask a leading
question. • ask about. • ask questions
of. • ask questions. • bandy words. •
be curious. • bombard with questions.
• bring into question. • butt in. • call
in question. • call into question. •
carry on a conversation. • cast asper-
sions on. • cast doubt upon. • cross-
141 range

R rain. • rain and rain. • rain cats and


dogs (infml). • rain down. • rain hard.
• rain heavily. • rain in torrents. • rain
pitchforks. • set in. • sheet down. •
race vb –A.
shower drizzle. • teem down. • tip
amuse yourself. • barrel along (infml).
down. • tipple down (infml).
• be pitted against. • beat hollow. •
beat rapidly (infml). • bowl along. • raise vb –AAA.
burn rubber (infml). • burn up the add to. • allude to. • bring about. •
road. • compete against. • compete in bring forward. • bring into being. •
a race. • cut along (infml). • dash off. bring to an end. • bring together. •
• engage in a contest of speed. • enter bring up. • call forth. • call to arms. •
a competition. • follow a course. • get call together. • call up. • care for. •
a move on (infml). • get cracking cause to appear. • cause to rise. • cock
(infml). • get the lead out. • go hell for up. • communicate with. • conjure up.
leather. • go like a bat out of hell • draw forth. • gather together. • get
(infml). • go like a bomb (Brit. & N.Z. hold of. • get in touch with. • get rid of.
infml). • go pit-a-pat. • gun the motor. • get together. • give a higher rank to.
• have a race with. • high-tail it. • • give advancement to. • give rise to. •
hotfoot it. • leave behind. • lose no give up. • hack up (infml). • haul up. •
time. • make a bolt for. • make a dash have ready. • heave up. • hike (up)
for. • make haste. • make tracks. • (infml). • hitch up. • hoick up (infml).
match yourself. • move fast. • outstrip • hold up. • jack up. • kick upstairs
the wind. • pitter-patter. • play (infml). • lead to. • lever up. • lift up.
against. • plunge ahead. • press on. • • look after. • make louder. • make rise.
put on some speed (infml). • put your • mark up. • move up. • pick up. •
foot down (infml). • race-walk. • re- place vertical. • provide for. • puff up.
ally move. • ride hard. • run a race. • • push up. • put an end to. • put for-
run against. • run like mad (infml). • ward. • put on its end. • put up. • raise
run swiftly. • spank along. • step on it aloft. • result in. • run up. • scrape to-
(infml). • take part in a race. • tear gether. • set afoot. • set going. • set on
around. • tear off. • try to beat. • vie foot. • set up. • set upright. • sign up.
with. • wing your way. • spark off. • stand on end. • stand up.
• step up (infml). • stir up. • summon
radio vb –A.
up. • take away. • take care of. • take
send a kissogram. • send a singing tele-
up. • tilt up. • touch on. • whip up.
gram. • send a telemessage.
range vb –A.
rain vb –A.
be distant. • be free of. • be free. •
be chucking it down (infml). • be wet.
draw up. • fluctuate between. • form
• beat down. • bombard sb with. •
up. • have a free hand. • have
bucket down (infml). • come down in
elbowroom. • have room to breathe. •
bucket-loads (infml). • come down in
have room to swing a cat. • have scope.
buckets (infml). • come down in
• have the freedom of. • have the run
sheets. • come down in stair-rods. •
of. • line up. • pass through. • put in
come down in torrents. • come down.
order. • range through. • reach cover. •
• fall like rain. • give generously. • lash
set in order. • set out. • spread out. •
down. • lay the dust. • pelt (down). •
spread over. • sweep over. • travel over.
pelt sb with. • pepper sb with. • piss
• vary between.
down. • pour out/down. • pour with
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rape vb –A. pass along. • pass from hand to hand.


carry off. • commit rape. • date-rape. • pass to. • penetrate to. • put out. •
• force yourself on. • gang-bang put together. • reach out for. • reach
(infml). • gang-rape. • have your out. • register with. • rise to. • roll on.
(evil) way with. • indecently assault. • • run to. • set foot on. • sink to. •
interfere with. • lay waste. • make off snatch at. • stick out. • stretch out. •
with. • make away with. • maraud stretch to. • talk to. • thrash out. •
over. • sexually abuse. • sexually as- throw out a limb. • thrust out. • turn
sault. • take advantage of. • take by over. • work out.
force. • take by storm. • unite with. read vb –AAA.
rate vb –A. assume from. • attend college. • be
be a favourite. • be accepted. • be de- absorbed in. • be attentive. • browse
serving (of). • be entitled to. • be wel- through. • bury yourself in. • cast an
come. • be worth. • be worthy of. • eye over. • crack a book. • deal with. •
consider to be. • deem to be. • find to dip into (infml). • flick through. • flip
be. • fix the price of. • guess at. • have through the pages. • flip through. • get
a claim to. • have a high opinion of. • tuition. • get yourself taught. • glance
have a right to. • hold in esteem. • at. • glance over. • glance through. • go
hold in high regard. • hold to be. • over. • go through. • go to school. •
judge to be. • look on. • mark down have as a reading. • have your nose in
as. • put a value on. • reckon to be. • a book. • hear lectures. • infer from. •
regard as good/talented. • regard as. interpolate from. • leaf through. • look
• relate to a standard. • set a value on. at. • look through. • make out. • make
• set much store by. • think highly of. sense of. • perceive the meaning of. •
• think much of. • think to be. • weigh plough through. • pore over. • puzzle
up. out. • read aloud. • read between the
lines. • read into. • read off. • read out.
reach vb –AAA. • refer to. • run the eye over. • run your
amount to. • arrive at. • be equal to. eye over. • scratch the surface. • sit at
• be long. • be present. • be success- the feet of. • skim through. • sound
ful. • blow in. • border on. • carry to. out. • spell out. • study closely. • take
• carry weight with. • catch at. • climb a course. • take a reading. • take les-
to. • clutch at. • come at. • come to. sons. • take to mean. • thumb through.
• come up to. • come in. • communi- • wade through (infml). • work out.
cate with. • contact with. • continue
to. • draw up. • drop to. • end up at. realize vb –AA.
• extend to. • fall to. • feel for. • fetch awake to. • be aware of (the fact that).
up at. • get as far as. • get hold of. • • be cognizant of the fact. • be con-
get in touch with. • get there. • get scious of (the fact that). • be going for.
through to. • get to. • get at. • get in. • be informed. • be sold for. • become
• get through to. • go as far as. • go aware of. • become conscious of. • body
on. • go to. • go far. • grab at. • ham- forth. • bring about. • bring in. • bring
mer out. • hand over. • have an effect off. • bring to fruition. • carry out. •
on. • have an impact on. • hold out. • carry through. • cash a cheque. • cash
land at/on. • land up at. • let sb have. in. • catch a likeness. • catch exactly. •
• make a long arm. • make an impres- catch on to (infml). • change hands for.
sion on. • make contact with. • make • come to know. • conjure up a vision.
for. • make it there. • make it to. • • convert into cash. • convert into
make the grade. • measure up to. • money. • cotton on to (infml). • draw
143 reckon

money. • draw upon. • endorse a to. • conjure up. • hark back to. • jog
cheque. • fathom (out). • figure out (sb’s) memory. • look back on/to. • null
(infml). • get a fix on (infml). • get and void. • order back. • put sb in mind
into your head. • get the hang of. • get of. • put you in mind of. • reminisce
the message. • get the picture (infml). about. • return to thoughts of. • revert
• get wise to. • go for. • happen on. • to. • summon back. • summon up. •
have feeling. • hit off. • hit on/upon. take back. • think back on/to. • think
• latch on (infml). • latch on to (infml). of.
• make a profit from. • make a reality. receive vb –AAA.
• make concrete. • make extrinsic. • accept a gratification. • accept delivery
make good. • make happen. • make of. • accept from. • accept payment. •
real. • meet with. • paint in words. • allow entrance to. • ask in. • be a guest.
see as it really is. • see in its true • be at home to. • be awarded. • be
colours. • see the light. • see the truth. given. • be hospitable. • be in receipt
• sell for. • set sb back. • stumble of. • be informed of. • be made aware
upon. • take in. • translate into fact. • of. • be mother. • be notified of. • be
tumble to. • turn into cash. • turn into paid. • be presented with. • be pro-
money. • understand clearly. • work vided with. • be received. • be re-
out. • wrap your mind around (infml). warded. • be sent. • be sociable. • be
• write a cheque. • write a pen portrait subjected to. • be told. • bring as a
of. guest into. • bring in. • call in. • come
rebel vb –A. by. • come in for. • come into. • do the
be at odds with. • be contented. • be honours. • draw a pension. • find out
insubordinate. • be repelled. • break about. • gather up. • get wind of. • get
with. • come out against. • defy the your share. • give a party. • give a re-
authorities. • dig your heels in (infml). ceipt. • give access to. • give security. •
• fail in duty. • feel repugnance. • fight give the red-carpet treatment to. • go
in the streets. • flinch from. • fly in the through. • grant a receipt. • greet with
face of. • fly to arms. • go to war. • open arms. • have a turnover. • have an
kick against. • kick over the traces. • income. • have conferred on you. •
kick up a row. • man the barricades. • have from. • have received. • have
mount a rebellion. • pull back from. • round. • invite in. • keep open house.
raise hell. • recoil from. • refuse to • learn about. • let in. • let through. •
accept the authority of. • refuse to fol- listen to. • make comfortable. • make
low. • refuse to obey orders. • refuse to welcome. • meet with. • open your
obey. • resist authority. • resist lawful home to. • pick up. • put out the wel-
authority. • rise up in arms. • rise up. come mat for. • react to. • respond to.
• run amok. • show repugnance. • • roll out the red carpet for. • send an
show revulsion for/at. • shrink from. • acknowledgment. • shake hands with. •
shy away from. • stage a rebellion. • show in. • succeed to. • take from. •
start a confrontation. • start an upris- take in. • take into your possession. •
ing. • take to arms. • take to the take possession. • take up. • usher in.
streets. • take up arms (against). • • welcome home.
turn against. reckon vb –A.
recall vb –AA. add up. • allow for. • bank on. • be cau-
allude to. • bring back. • bring to tious. • be convinced. • be of the opin-
mind. • call back. • call in. • call to ion. • be of the view. • be sure of. • bear
mind. • call up. • cast your mind back in mind. • calculate on. • consider to
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be. • contend with. • cope with. • speak well of. • stand by. • stand up for.
count (up). • count in. • count on. • • think best. • think highly of. • vouch
dare say. • deal with. • deem to be. • for.
depend on. • fail to anticipate. • figure
record vb –A.
on (infml). • give a figure to. • guess
capture on film. • catch a likeness. •
at. • have a feeling. • have an idea. •
catch exactly. • chalk up (infml). •
hold to be. • hope to. • look on as. •
clock up (infml). • commit to paper. •
look upon as. • not lose sight of. • put
commit to writing. • confirm in writing.
a figure on. • reckon up. • regard as.
• cut a record. • give evidence of. •
• rely on. • take as read. • take cogni-
have printed. • hit off. • jot down. •
zance of. • take for granted. • take
keep accounts. • keep an account of. •
into account. • take into consideration.
lay down (infml). • make a note of. •
• take note of. • take to be. • think of
make a record of. • make a recording
as. • tot up. • trust in. • work out.
of. • make a tape. • make a written
recognize vb –AA. account of. • make an entry in. • make
accept as valid. • admit knowledge of. an inventory of. • mark down. • notch
• be aware of. • be cognizant of. • be up. • note down. • point out. • point
conscious of. • be familiar. • be grate- to. • preserve for posterity. • put down
ful for. • call to mind. • exchange dip- on paper. • put down. • put in a book.
lomatic representatives. • extend for- • put in black and white. • put in writ-
mal recognition to. • give recognition ing. • put on disc/tape. • put on file. •
to. • have diplomatic relations with. • put on paper. • put on record. • put on
know again. • know by sight. • make wax (infml). • scribble down. • set
out. • officially approve. • pay homage down in black and white. • set down. •
to. • pay tribute to. • pick out. • put spill ink. • store in a database. • store
a name to. • put your finger on. • put in the archives. • take down. • take
the seal of approval on. • show appre- minutes of. • tape-record. • turn in. •
ciation of. • show gratitude to. • take video-record. • write about. • write
on board (infml). • take your hat off down. • write in. • write up.
to.
recover vb –A.
recommend vb –AA. be on the mend. • be on the road to
act as referee for. • agree to. • argue recovery. • be out of the woods. • be
for. • be all for. • be satisfied with. • refreshed. • be restored. • be strong. •
beat the drum for. • big sth up. • en- be yourself again. • bounce back. •
dow with appeal/attraction. • front bring back. • catch up. • claw back. •
for. • give an advantage to. • give sb a come around. • come back. • come by
reference/testimonial. • go on record your own. • come out of it. • come
for. • go to bat for. • have going for round. • come to. • feel like a new per-
you (infml). • have in your favour. • son. • feel yourself again. • find again.
hold up. • look with favour on. • make • forge ahead. • gain strength. • get
acceptable. • make appealing. • make back in shape. • get back on your feet.
attractive. • make interesting. • offer • get back to normal. • get back your
as your opinion. • put forward. • put own. • get back. • get better. • get out
in a good word for. • put up for. • put of danger. • get out of the woods. • get
up. • render appealing/attractive. • over sth. • get over. • get stronger. • get
render desirable. • speak favourably the better of. • get through. • get well.
of. • speak for. • speak highly of. • • make a comeback. • make a name. •
speak in favour of. • speak up for. • make a recovery. • make good. • make
145 reform

money. • make progress. • make up give a recommendation to. • give as an


for. • perk up (infml). • pick up. • pull example. • go into. • hand on. • hand
round. • pull through. • pull yourself over. • have a bearing on. • have re-
together. • regain (possession of). • course to. • have reference (to). • have
regain your health. • regain your relation. • have relevance to. • have to
strength. • respond to treatment. • re- do with. • hint at. • look at. • look up
turn to form. • return to health. • (in). • make an allusion to. • make an
shake sth off. • snap out of it. • sober index. • make mention of. • make ref-
up. • start up. • take a turn for the erence to. • pass on. • pertain to. •
better. • take back. • track down. • point out. • point to. • put down to. •
turn the corner. • win back. put in touch with. • relate to. • search
reduce vb –AA. in. • seek advice (from). • seek infor-
be light. • be on a diet. • break down. mation from. • send on. • speak about.
• bring down the price of. • bring • speak of. • stand for. • submit to. •
down. • bring low. • bring to the point supply references. • take counsel from.
of. • bring to. • cut down. • cut in • take in. • talk of/about. • touch on.
price. • cut back. • drive into. • eat • treat (of). • turn over. • turn to. •
less. • force into. • get thinner. • go on write about.
a crash diet. • go on a diet. • go down. reflect vb –AA.
• keep down. • knock down (infml). • agonize over. • amuse about. • answer
lose some inches. • lose weight. • to. • be analogous to. • be evidence of.
lower in price. • lower in rank. • lower • be in a brown study. • be reflected. •
in status. • lower price. • lower the be resonant. • bear out. • bounce back.
price of. • lower the status of. • make • brood about. • brood on/over. • carry
a synopsis of. • make cheaper. • make your thoughts back. • cast back. • cast
cutbacks in. • make less. • make pen- blame on. • cast your mind back. •
niless. • make poor. • make smaller. • chew over. • cogitate about/on. • dam-
make thin. • make yourself thin. • age the reputation of. • deliberate
mark down. • narrow down. • offer at about/on. • deliberate over. • detract
a giveaway price. • put on sale. • re- from. • dwell on. • give back. • give
duce to its elements. • render few. • consideration to. • give forth. • give
scale down. • shed some pounds. • thought to. • head off. • hold the mir-
shed weight. • slim down. • slow ror up to nature. • hold up the mirror
down. • take down a peg (infml). • to. • meditate about. • meditate on. •
take off weight. • take the edge off. • mull over. • muse on. • muse upon. •
take in. • take up. • tone down. • turn pore on. • put in a bad light. • put on
down. • wear down. • wind down. • your thinking cap (infml). • puzzle
work out. over. • result from. • ruminate about/
refer vb –AA. on/over. • send back. • shine again. •
advert to. • allude to. • answer to. • shine back. • show up on. • speculate
appertain to. • apply to. • be a matter about. • take after. • think about. •
of. • be about. • be connected with. • think back (upon). • throw back. •
be directed to. • be pertinent to. • be trace back. • turn away. • turn over in
relevant to. • bear on. • bear upon. • your mind. • weigh up. • worry about.
belong to. • bring up. • call attention reform vb –A.
to. • call in. • call on. • comment on. be a reformed character. • be
• correspond with. • deal with. • di- honourable. • be on the straight
rect a remark. • direct attention to. • (infml). • be penitent. • be reclaimed.
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• be reformed. • become a new per- sion. • resist persuasion. • say no to. •


son. • become pious. • bring up to say no. • send your apologies. • send
code. • change completely. • change your regrets. • set your face against. •
for the better. • change your ways. • shake your head. • shut the door. • shy
clean out. • clean up your act (infml). at. • slam the door in your face. • slap
• get back (infml). • get back on the in the face. • start aside. • tell sb where
straight and narrow (infml). • get bet- to get off. • throw away. • turn a deaf
ter. • get it together (infml). • get your ear to. • turn away. • turn down. • turn
act together (infml). • get religion. • from. • turn your back on. • vote down.
give a face-lift. • give a new basis. • • withhold assent. • withhold permis-
give new life to. • go straight (infml). sion.
• have a new conscience. • make a
regard vb –AA.
fresh start. • make a new start. • make
apply to. • attend to. • be attentive. •
adjustments to. • make alterations to.
be mindful. • be related. • be relevant
• make amends. • make better. • make
to. • bear on. • bear upon. • belong to.
over. • make resolutions. • make sth
• check out (infml). • deliberate on. •
of. • make into. • mend your ways. •
entertain respect for. • gaze at. • get a
pull your socks up (Brit). • put on the
load of (infml). • give attention to. •
new man. • put right. • reconstruct
have a bearing on. • have reference to.
yourself. • redeem yourself. • repent of
• have regard to. • have to do with. •
your evil ways. • right a wrong. • see
hold in high esteem. • hold in high re-
sb righted. • set straight. • shape up
gard. • hold in honour. • hold in re-
(infml). • stamp out. • straighten out.
spect. • hold in reverence. • keep an
• swear off. • turn over a new leaf.
eye on. • listen to. • look at. • look
refuse vb –AA. closely at. • look on. • look quizzically
back down. • baulk at. • be ascetic. • at. • look up to. • look upon. • make of.
be deaf to. • be obstinate. • be proof • mull over. • not forget. • pay atten-
against. • be unmoved. • be unwilling. tion to. • pay heed to. • pay respect to.
• beg off. • close your hand. • close • pertain to. • pertaining to. • place
your purse. • demur at. • deny firmly. high. • put down as. • rank high. • re-
• deny yourself. • deprive yourself. • fer to. • reflect on. • relate to. • relat-
dig in your heels. • dismiss out of ing to. • size up. • spare a thought for.
hand. • do without. • draw the line at. • stare at. • sum up. • take a dekko at
• excuse yourself. • frown on. • give (infml). • take for. • take into account.
the red light. • give the thumbs down • take into consideration. • take notice
to. • give thumbs-down. • give up. • of. • take at your word. • think of. •
go without. • hang back. • hang fire. think the world of. • think well of. •
• harden your heart. • have nothing to turn away. • weigh up.
do with. • jib at. • keep back. • keep
register vb –A.
from. • keep out. • keep sb waiting. •
be understood. • catch exactly. • check
knock back (infml). • not accept. • not
in. • check into. • come home. • cross
admit. • not allow. • not cater to. • not
off. • dawn on. • fall into place. • fill in.
choose. • not comply. • not consent. •
• fill up. • get the hang of. • get
not give. • not grant. • not hear of. •
through. • go in for. • go through reg-
not listen. • not observe. • not part
istration. • have an effect. • hit off. •
with. • not want. • not wear it. • pass
make an entry. • make an impression. •
up (infml). • protest at. • put off re-
mark up. • notch up. • point out. •
buff. • refuse leave. • refuse permis-
point to. • put in writing. • put on
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record. • put on the list. • put on the aside. • throw away. • throw out. • toss
waiting list. • put your name down. • aside. • turn away. • turn down. • turn
set down. • sign in. • sign on. • sign up your nose at. • turn your back on. •
up for. • sign up. • sink in. • soak in. vote against. • vote down. • vote with
• strike home. • strike sb. • take your feet. • vote out. • wash your hands
down. • take in. • take note. • testify of.
to. • tick off. • write down.
relate vb –A.
reject vb –AA. ally (with). • apply to. • assign to. •
ask for your money back. • be discon- associate (with). • be in tune with. • be
tented. • be rude. • be unsatisfied. • on the same wavelength as. • be perti-
be unwilling. • brush off. • cast aside. nent to. • be relevant to. • bear on. •
• cast off. • cast out. • cast away. • bear upon. • belong to. • bracket
chuck out. • cold-shoulder. • count (with). • bracket together. • bring into
out. • cut dead. • cut off. • damn with relation. • bring to bear upon. • bring
faint praise. • demand a refund. • together. • connect with. • correlate
deny entry. • dismiss out of hand. • (with). • couple (with). • derive from.
draw the line at. • fling out. • freeze • draw a parallel. • empathize with. •
out (infml). • give (sb) the brush-off establish a connection. • establish a
(infml). • give a wide berth to. • give connection/correspondence between. •
sb the cold shoulder. • give sb the go- establish a link/relationship between. •
by (infml). • give sth a miss. • give the establish an association between. • feel
red light (to). • give the thumbs down for. • feel sympathy with. • find a con-
to. • give thumbs-down. • give up. • nection/correspondence between. •
hand sb the frozen mitt (infml). • have find a link/relationship between. • find
no notion of. • have nothing (more) to an association between. • find an ex-
do with. • hold cheap. • keep at arm’s ample. • furnish with references. • gear
length. • kick sb in the teeth (infml). • to. • gear with. • get into proportion. •
kick out. • knock back (infml). • laugh get on (well) with. • give an account
at. • lay aside. • leave behind. • leave (of). • have a bearing on. • have a rap-
out in the cold. • leave out. • look a port with. • have reference to. • have
gift horse in the mouth. • make a dead relevance to. • have to do with. • hit it
set against. • make unwelcome. • off with (infml). • identify with. • link
never intend to. • not accept. • not (with). • make a reference to. • men-
approve. • not cater to. • not choose. tion in passing. • pertain to. • point to.
• not consider. • not observe. • not • provide a background. • put in its
pass. • not practise. • not respect. • context. • put in perspective. • refer to.
not use. • not vote for. • not want. • • respond to. • set forth. • sketch in the
opt out. • pass over. • pass up (infml). background. • speak the same language
• prefer not to. • refuse to be satisfied. as. • supply with references. • sympa-
• reject with contempt. • reject your thize with. • tie up with. • touch on. •
advances. • reject your appeal. • reject trace to. • treat as one.
your defence. • return with thanks. •
relax vb –A.
rule out. • say no to. • send back. •
amuse yourself. • be at ease. • be at
send to Coventry. • send packing. • set
leisure. • be benevolent. • be elastic. •
aside. • set your face against. • shut
be lax. • be lenient. • be sociable. •
out. • shut the door on. • sling out. •
become less rigid. • become less stiff. •
sniff at. • snort at. • sort out. • spit on.
become less tense. • breathe easy. •
• spurn an offer. • stop using. • throw
calm down. • chill out (infml). • come
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to rest. • cool it. • cool your heels. • hopes on. • place reliance. • put your
de-stress. • do nothing. • ease up on. trust in. • repose trust in. • resort to. •
• ease up/off. • enjoy yourself. • en- rest assured. • swear by. • take for
tertain yourself. • feel at ease. • forget granted. • take on trust. • trust in.
work. • give way. • hand loose (infml).
remain vb –AAA.
• hang loose. • keep calm. • kick back
be extant. • be left over. • be left. • be
(infml). • lessen the strain. • let it all
situated. • be still available. • be un-
hang out (infml). • let your hair down
used. • carry on being. • continue to
(infml). • let yourself go (infml). • let
be. • continue to exist. • go on being.
up on. • let up. • let your hair down
• go on. • hang about (infml). • hang
(infml). • lie down. • loosen up. •
around/round (infml). • hang in the
make less formal. • make less strict. •
air. • hang on. • have not yet expired.
make less tense. • make less uptight. •
• have not yet passed. • hold on. • hold
make yourself at home. • mellow out
out. • hold over. • keep on. • live on.
(infml). • not act. • not excite yourself.
• make camp. • not budge. • not stir.
• not worry. • put on your slippers. •
• persist in being. • remain standing. •
put your feet up. • relax the rigour of.
rest with. • sit out. • sit through. • sit
• rest and be thankful. • settle back. •
tight. • spend your days. • stand pat. •
sit around. • sit back. • slack off. •
stay around/round. • stay behind. •
slacken off. • slow down. • stay loose
stay in. • stay over. • stay put (infml).
(infml). • stop work. • stop worrying.
• stick around.
• take a break. • take a breather. •
take five. • take it easy (infml). • take remember vb –AAA.
your ease. • take things as they come. be certain. • be impressed on your
• take things easy. • take time off. • mind. • be mindful. • be reminded of.
take your ease. • take your leisure. • • be sure. • be thinking of. • be unable
take your time. • veg out (infml). to forget. • bear in mind. • bequeath
sth to. • bestow sth on. • bethink your-
release vb –AAA. self of. • bottle up. • bring back. •
allow to leave. • bring out. • bring to
bring to mind. • brood over. • call to
public notice/attention. • free up. • let
mind. • call up. • carry in your
go. • let loose. • let off. • let out. • let
thoughts. • carry your thoughts back. •
up. • make available. • make known.
cast your mind back to. • cherish the
• make public. • offer for sale. • put at
memory. • commit to memory. • con-
sb’s disposal. • put on sale. • put on
jure up. • dig into the past. • dig up. •
the market. • put out. • set at liberty.
don’t forget. • dredge up. • dwell
• set free. • set loose. • touch off. •
upon. • fix in the mind. • get off pat.
turn loose.
• give a present. • give sth to. • go
rely vb –A. back. • hark back to. • have in mind. •
bank on. • be certain. • be confident have memories of. • hold dear. • hold
of. • be contingent. • be dependent in mind. • keep a memory alive. • keep
(on). • be sure of. • be unable to man- alive in your thoughts. • keep alive the
age without. • believe in. • cling to. • memory of. • keep in mind. • know
count on/upon. • depend on. • fall again. • know by heart. • learn off by
back on. • feel confident. • figure on. heart. • leave sth to. • look back (on/
• have (every) confidence in. • have upon). • make a note of. • make sb a
faith in. • have recourse to. • hope and gift. • make sure that you. • mind that
believe. • hope for. • hope in. • lean you. • muse on. • never forget. • not
on. • pin your faith on. • pin your forget. • not lose sight of the fact. • pay
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homage to. • pay tribute to. • put a of. • divest yourself of. • do away with.
name to. • put your finger on. • re- • do for (infml). • do in (infml). • draw
fresh your memory. • remind yourself. away. • draw in. • draw off. • draw out.
• reminisce about. • repeat yourself. • • fish out. • fling aside. • fling off. • get
retain the memory of. • return to out. • get rid of. • give sb the boot. •
thoughts of. • return to. • revert to. • give sb the works (infml). • give sb
send greetings from. • send your com- their marching orders. • give the bum’s
pliments to. • send your regards to. • rush (infml). • go away. • ink out. •
spare a thought for. • store in your kick out. • knock off (infml). • leave
mind. • summon up. • take a trip home. • leave the country. • leave the
down memory lane. • take account of. neighbourhood. • let off. • lift up. • lop
• take into account. • take into consid- off. • move away. • move house. • peel
eration. • think back to. • think back. off. • pull in. • pull off. • pull out. •
• think of. • think on. • tie a knot in pull up stakes (infml). • pull down. •
your handkerchief. • treasure in your put an end to. • put to death. • rinse
heart. • write it down. • write your off. • rip out. • root up. • rub off. • rub
memoirs. out. • score out. • scrape off. • scrub
remind vb –A. off. • see the back of. • show sb the
awake your memories of. • awaken door. • shrug off. • slip out of. • smoke
memories of. • bring back to. • bring out. • sponge out. • strike off. • strike
back. • bring to mind. • bring up. • out. • take away/off/out. • take down.
call attention to. • call to mind. • call • take in. • take possession of. • tear
up. • cause sb to remember. • cause to away. • tear off. • tear out. • terminate
remember. • cause you to remember. • with extreme prejudice. • throw out on
conjure up. • drop a hint. • fan the your ear (infml). • throw out. • thrust
embers. • give a/the cue. • give sb a out. • turf out (infml). • up sticks
cue. • help sb remember. • jog sb’s (infml). • wash off. • wipe from the
memory. • jog the memory. • jog your face of the earth. • wipe off the face of
memory. • keep the memory green. • the earth. • wipe off. • wipe out. • wipe
keep the wounds open. • make (sb) out.
remember. • make you think of. • not rent vb –A.
allow sb to forget. • not let sleeping allow the use of. • buy service. • farm
dogs lie. • point out. • put sb in mind. out. • hire out. • lease (out). • let out.
• put you in mind of. • raise a memo- • live in temporarily. • make available.
rial. • refresh your/the memory. • ring • pay for services. • pay rent for. • put
a bell. • stir up. • summon up. • take on loan. • sign a contract for. • take in
sb back. • take you back to. • turn roomers. • take on lease.
another’s mind back. • write history.
repeat vb –AA.
remove vb –AA. always say. • be a dead ringer for. • be
absent yourself. • back off. • block out. as like as two peas in a pod. • be dif-
• blow away (infml). • blue-pencil. • fuse. • be identical. • be intelligible. •
boot out. • bring out. • brush away. • be look-alikes. • be responsive. • be the
bump off (infml). • burn out. • call in. spitting image of. • begin again. •
• carry away. • carry off. • cart away. chime in. • come again. • crop up
• cart off. • cast out. • chop off. • again. • cut and come again. • din into
clean off. • clear away. • clear off. • your ears. • do again. • do likewise. •
climb out of. • cross out. • cut off. • do over. • drum into. • dwell on. • give
cut out. • dig out. • dip out. • dispose an encore. • go over again and again. •
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go over again. • go over the same report vb –A.


ground. • go over. • go through again. account for yourself. • account for. •
• happen again. • hark back. • harp announce yourself. • be at hand. • be
on. • hold over. • keep on. • keep your present. • blow the whistle on (infml).
hand in. • look the same. • occur • bring word about. • broadcast details
again. • perform again. • play back. • of. • check in. • clock on/in. •
play over. • put it another way. • read commentate on. • compose dispatches.
back. • reel off. • repeat itself. • re- • get to. • give an account of. • give
peat your lesson. • repeat yourself. • details of. • give the facts. • grass on
reply by return of post. • retrace your (infml). • inform of. • inform on. • in-
footsteps. • run through again. • say quire into. • leave word. • look into. •
after. • say again and again. • say make a charge against. • make a com-
again. • say it in other words. • say plaint against. • make a report. • make
over. • say your piece. • show no dif- known. • make public. • make yourself
ference. • sing the same old song. • known. • name names. • note down. •
throw up to. • trot out. • write back. pass on. • peach on (infml). • peach on
replace vb –AA. (infml). • present a paper. • present
act as go-between for. • act as locum yourself. • provide details. • punch in.
for. • act as stand-in for. • act for. • be • punch the (time) clock. • put out. •
a replacement for. • be broker for. • be rat on (infml). • read an address. •
substitute for. • bring back. • come af- send word. • serve notice. • set forth.
ter. • count for. • cover for. • deputize • set out. • show up (infml). • sign in.
for. • do duty for. • fill in for. • fill sb’s • split on (infml). • squeal on (infml).
shoes/boots (infml). • fill in. • follow • submit a report. • take down. • take
after. • give as a replacement for. • minutes. • tattle on. • tell of. • tell on.
give back. • give in exchange for. • • turn up. • write about. • write an
give in place of. • give in return for. • account of. • write down. • write up.
make good. • make restitution. • not represent vb –AA.
retain. • put back. • put up (a sword). act as a substitute for. • act as broker.
• return to its place. • stand for. • • act for. • act in place of. • act on be-
stand in another’s shoes. • stand in for. half of. • act the part of. • amount to.
• stand in lieu of. • stand in the stead • answer for. • appear as. • appear for.
of. • step into sb’s shoes/boots (infml). • assume the role of. • be a member of
• step into the breach. • step into the the team. • be a sample of. • be a speci-
shoes of. • stop using. • sub for. • sub- men of. • be a typical sample of. • be
stitute for. • swap for. • take over ambassador for. • be an agent for. • be
from. • take over. • take the place of. an example. • be attorney for. • be
• use instead. deputy for. • be elected by. • be equiva-
reply vb –AA. lent to. • be identical. • be proxy for. •
be responsive. • catch up on your cor- be regarded as. • be representative of.
respondence. • come back. • deal with • be sent to a convention. • be spokes-
your correspondence. • fling back. • person for. • be symbolic of. • be the
hurl back. • make answer. • reply by councillor/MP for. • be the counterpart
return of post. • reply by return. • re- of. • be the embodiment/incarnation
ply to an invitation. • respond to. • of. • be the representative of. • be the
rise to the bait. • say in response. • sign of. • block out. • body forth. •
take the bait. • write back. bring forward. • buy for. • catch a like-
ness. • catch exactly. • chalk out. •
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claim to be. • come alive. • conjure up ask. • make demands. • make over-
a vision. • construct a figure. • copy tures. • mooch from. • offer yourself. •
nature. • correspond to. • dash off. • order up. • place an order for. • plead
deputize for. • describe a circle. • de- for. • pop the question. • pray for. •
scribe as. • do a play. • do a portrait. prefer an appeal. • press a claim. •
• do business for. • draw to scale. • press a suit. • propose a motion. • put
equal with. • exercise power of attor- in a claim for. • put in a plea for. • put
ney for. • fashion upon. • fill in. • fol- in an application for. • put in an order
low the shape. • give human form/ for. • put in for. • put on the agenda. •
shape to. • have the vote of. • hit off. put the bite on. • raise money. • run to.
• hold a brief for. • hold a mandate for. • scrounge from. • seek a favour. •
• hold a proxy for. • hold office. • hold send an ultimatum. • send for. • set the
the mirror up to nature. • look true. • law in motion. • solicit orders. • start
make a diagram. • make an image. • an action. • state your terms. • sue for.
make out to be. • masquerade as. • • supplicate for. • touch for. • trouble
mould upon. • paint a picture. • paint sb for.
in words. • pass off as. • pass yourself
require vb –AA.
off as. • perform as. • play for. • play
apply for. • ask a price. • ask for. • as-
the part of. • point out. • pose as. •
sert yourself. • be crying out for. • be
present as. • pretend to be. • profess to
deficient in. • be discontented. • be in
be. • purport to be. • put forward. •
need of. • be incomplete. • be poor. •
put on. • put your case. • reduce to
be short of. • be unable to do without.
scale. • role-play. • rough out. • seem
• be unsatisfied. • be without. • beg in
real. • sell for. • serve as. • set forth.
vain. • call for. • call upon. • clamour
• set yourself up as. • shadow forth. •
for. • create a need. • cry out for. • de-
sit for. • sketch out. • speak for. •
pend upon. • fall short. • feel sth is
speak on behalf of. • stand as. • stand
missing. • feel the lack of. • feel the
for. • stand in for. • state the case for.
necessity for. • feel the need for. • find
• substitute for. • take the place of. •
indispensable. • find necessary. • find
take the shape of. • trot out. • write a
yourself in need of. • give terms. • have
pen portrait of.
a shopping list. • have a vacancy for. •
request vb –A. have need for. • have need of. • have
address yourself to. • angle for. • ap- occasion for. • impose a duty. • insist
peal for. • appeal to law. • appeal to. on. • insist upon. • leave a gap. • leave
• apply for. • apply to. • ask (for). • a lacuna. • look for. • look to. • mail-
ask a boon. • ask a favour. • ask for. • order. • make demands. • make it a
ask leave. • be insistent. • beg a favour. sine qua non. • must have. • need
• beg for. • bid for. • borrow from. • badly. • not have. • not suffice. • push
bring a suit. • cadge from. • call for. • for. • put in a claim for. • send an order
call on. • call down. • call in. • for. • send for. • set aside. • stand in
clamour for. • demand entrance. • de- need of. • take no denial. • whistle for.
mand redress. • file a suit. • fish for. • • wish to have.
formulate your demands. • give terms.
research vb –A.
• go cap in hand to. • go to law. • have
be curious. • check out (infml). • con-
a request to make. • institute legal pro-
duct investigations into. • consult the
ceedings. • knock at the door. • look
archives. • delve into. • dig into. • do
for. • make a bid for. • make a request.
research. • do tests on. • experiment
• make application. • make bold to
with. • inquire into. • look into. • look
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for. • look up. • make inquiries into. • from. • send in your papers. • sign
pore over. • read up on. • sift through. away. • sign off. • stand aside. • stand
• work over. down (from). • step down. • stop using.
• take early retirement. • tender your
reserve vb –A.
resignation. • throw in your hand. •
arrange for. • arrange in advance. • be
throw up. • toss up your job. • turn
early. • ear mark. • get in advance. •
over. • vacate office. • vacate your seat.
hang on to (infml). • hold back. • hold
• walk out.
over. • keep back. • keep in hand. •
keep in reserve. • keep it to yourself. resist vb –A.
• keep back. • lay aside. • lay by. • let abstain from. • arch your back. • balk
it go no further. • make a reservation at. • battle against. • be anti. • be hos-
for. • not use. • pay in advance. • pre- tile to. • be immune. • be impermeable
arrange for. • put aside. • put away. • to. • be impervious to. • be proof
put by. • put off. • put off. • put on the against. • be resistant to. • be strong. •
list. • put on the waiting list. • put to be unalterable. • be unsusceptible. • be
one side. • set apart. • set aside. • unwilling. • be violent. • bear the
store up. • take sth under advisement. brunt. • bear up against. • bear up. •
call out. • cease work. • check yourself.
resign vb –A.
• close ranks. • come out. • contend
abandon your position. • accept redun-
with. • create a row. • defend yourself.
dancy. • ask for your cards. • ask for
• desist from. • dig in your heels. • dig
your time. • back down. • back out. •
your heels in. • down tools. • engineer
be lax. • be made redundant. • be pen-
a strike. • face danger. • face up to. •
sioned off. • be put out to grass. • be
fend off. • fight against. • fight back. •
relieved. • be superannuated. • be-
fight off. • fight to the last ditch. • for-
come reconciled to. • become resigned
bear from. • give a warm reception to.
to. • bow out. • break your staff. • call
• give battle halt. • go against. • hit
it a day (infml). • call it a night. •
back. • hold off. • hold out against. •
cease work. • chuck it. • chuck your
hold out. • hold your ground (against).
job. • come to terms with. • conclude
• hold your own. • keep at arm’s
your term of office. • decline to stand
length. • keep at bay. • keep from yield-
again. • drop out. • end your services.
ing to. • keep from. • keep out. • kick
• finish your term. • get cold feet. •
against the pricks. • kick against. • kick
get used to the idea of. • give a walk-
back. • kick up a stink. • lash out. •
over. • give away. • give in to the in-
lead a rebellion. • leave alone. • make
evitable. • give in your notice. • give
a fight of it. • make a stand. • make
notice. • give up work. • give up. •
headway against. • not admit. • not be
give your swan song. • go into retire-
tempted. • not consent. • not give in to.
ment. • grin and bear it. • hand in
• not give way. • not submit. • not take
your notice. • hand in your resigna-
it lying down. • object to. • offer resis-
tion. • hand over. • have leisure. •
tance. • oppose change. • prevent your-
have no choice but to accept. • jack in
self from. • put up a fight against. • put
(infml). • lay down your office. • learn
up a fight. • put up a struggle. • raise
to live with. • leave it to. • leave of-
Cain. • refrain from. • refuse to accept.
fice. • leave the stage. • make way for.
• refuse to budge. • remain firm. • re-
• make your exit. • not renew the
sist temptation. • restrain yourself from.
fight. • not retain. • pack in (infml). •
• round on. • set your face against. •
quit the scene. • reconcile yourself
show fight. • side against. • stage a re-
(to). • retire from the contest. • retire
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volt. • stand against. • stand firm. • much of. • think the world of. • think
stand out against. • stand up to. • well of. • treat gently. • treat with def-
stand your ground (against). • start a erence. • treat with politeness. • yield
riot. • stem the tide. • stop work. • to.
stop yourself from. • struggle against.
• struggle with. • take a stand against.
respond vb –AA.
act in response to. • be excited. • be
• try to stop. • turn down. • vote with
infected by. • be inspired. • be respon-
your feet. • walk out. • ward off. •
sive. • catch the infection. • chime in.
weather the storm. • withhold your
• come back. • fling back. • give as
labour.
good as you get. • give tit for tat. • hit
respect vb –A. back at. • hurl back. • make a rejoinder.
abide by. • accord to. • acquiesce to. • • make a response. • make a riposte. •
act in accordance with. • adhere to. • make reply. • play ball. • react
approve of. • assent to. • attend to. • favourably. • react to. • reply by return
be attentive. • be courteous. • be heed- of post. • reply to an invitation. • reply
ful of. • be kind to. • be mindful of. • to. • return the favour. • rise to the bait.
be related. • be unable to fault. • bear • run parallel. • say in response (to). •
in mind. • carry shoulder-high. • com- say sth in response to. • show willing.
ply with. • conform to. • consent to. • • take the bait. • warm to. • write back.
defer to. • do homage to. • do honour
to. • entertain respect for. • go in fear
rest vb –A.
be at ease. • be at leisure. • be based
and trembling. • have a good opinion
on. • be based. • be calm. • be comfort-
of. • have a high opinion of. • have a
able. • be discontinuous. • be down to.
wholesome respect for. • have no fault
• be founded on. • be inactive. • be laid
to find. • have nothing but praise for.
on. • be left. • be propped (up) by. • be
• have reference to. • have regard for.
quiescent. • be seated on. • be sup-
• have regard to. • have to do with. •
ported by. • be the responsibility of. •
hero-worship. • hold in high esteem. •
be upheld. • break off. • break the mo-
hold in high regard. • hold in honour.
notony. • calm down. • catch some Zs
• hold in respect. • hold in reverence.
(infml). • catch your breath. • chill out
• hold to. • keep (to). • know your
(infml). • come to a standstill. • come
place. • look after. • look up to. •
to rest. • compose yourself for sleep. •
make allowances for. • make impor-
cool it. • de-stress (infml). • do noth-
tant. • make much of. • pay attention
ing. • ease off. • ease up. • get some
to. • pay heed to. • pay homage to. •
kip (infml). • get some shut-eye (infml).
pay respect to. • pay tribute to. • place
• go on halt. • go to bed. • hang on. •
high. • put on a pedestal. • rank high.
have a break. • have a breather (infml).
• refer to. • refrain from intruding
• have a kip (infml). • have a nap/si-
upon. • see nothing wrong with. • set
esta. • have a snooze (infml). • have
(great) store by. • set store by. • show
forty winks (infml). • kick back (infml).
consideration for. • show courtesy to.
• knock off (infml). • let up. • lie down.
• show regard for. • sound pleased. •
• lie on. • lie still. • lie to. • lie upon.
stand by. • stand in awe of. • stand in
• mellow out (infml). • pull up. • put
fear. • stick to. • submit to. • take a
your feet up. • recharge your batteries.
back seat to. • take cognizance of. •
• recline on. • refresh yourself. • repose
take into account. • take into consider-
on your laurels. • rest and be thankful.
ation. • take your hat off to. • think
• rest on your laurels. • rest on your
everything of. • think highly of. • think
oars. • rest up. • settle down. • sit
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back. • sit down. • sit on. • slack off. re-equip. • re-establish. • refresh your-
• slow down. • snatch forty winks self. • repose on your laurels. • rest and
(infml). • stand down. • stand on. • be thankful. • rest on your laurels. •
stand still. • stop short. • stretch out. rest on your oars. • rest up. • restore
• take a break. • take a breather the status quo. • return to a former po-
(infml). • take a nap. • take a siesta. sition/state. • send back. • set right. •
• take a rest. • take five (infml). • take set sb on their feet. • set to rights. •
it easy (infml). • take time off. • take settle down. • sit back. • sit down. • sit
your ease. • veg out (infml). on. • slack off. • slow down. • snatch
forty winks (infml). • stand down. •
restore vb –A.
stand on. • stand still. • stop short. •
be at ease. • be at leisure. • be based
stretch out. • take a break. • take a
on. • be based. • be comfortable. • be
breather. • take a nap. • take a rest. •
discontinuous. • be down to. • be
take back. • take five (infml). • take it
founded on. • be inactive. • be laid on.
easy (infml). • take time off. • take your
• be left. • be propped by. • be
ease. • touch up. • vamp up. • veg out
propped up by. • be quiescent. • be
(infml). • yield up.
seated on. • be supported by. • be the
responsibility of. • be upheld. • break result vb –A.
the monotony. • breathe fresh life into. arise from. • be brought about by. • be
• breathe new life into. • bring back to caused by. • be consequent on. • be due
health. • bring back. • bring in new to. • be left. • be owing to. • be plain.
blood. • bring together. • bring up to • be produced by. • be punished. • be
code. • bring up to date. • build up related. • be the result. • bear the con-
your strength. • build up. • calm sequences. • bear the stamp. • begin
down. • catch some Zs (infml). • catch from. • borrow from. • bring about. •
your breath. • chill out (infml). • come bring to pass. • come about. • come
to rest. • compose yourself for sleep. • from/out of. • come of. • culminate in.
cool it. • de-stress (infml). • do noth- • derive from. • descend from. • end in.
ing. • do up (infml). • ease off. • ease • fall out. • finish in. • finish with. •
up. • fill up. • fix up (infml). • get flow from. • follow on. • give rise to. •
some kip (infml). • get some shut-eye go after. • grow from. • have a common
(infml). • give a boost to. • give a origin. • have its roots in. • lead to. •
facelift to. • give back. • give new meet with. • originate from/in. • owe
strength to. • go on halt. • go to bed. everything to. • pan out. • pay off. •
• hand back. • hang on. • have a receive an impression. • redound to. •
break. • have a breather (infml). • result in. • show a trace. • show an ef-
have a kip (infml). • have a nap. • kick fect. • spark off. • spring from. • super-
back (infml). • let up. • lie down. • lie vene on. • take its source. • take place.
on. • lie still. • lie to. • lie upon. • • terminate in. • turn out. • wait on. •
make amends. • make better. • make work out.
complete. • make healthy. • make like
return vb –AAA.
new. • make pious. • make restitution.
answer back. • appear again. • arrive
• make restoration. • make whole. •
at. • arrive back. • arrive home. • ask
make over. • pay back. • pull up. • put
for your money back. • be discontented.
back into its original condition. • put
• be periodic. • be repeated. • bounce
back. • put right. • put up (a sword).
back up. • bring in. • carry back. •
• put your feet up. • recharge your
come again. • come back (wih). • come
batteries. • recline on. • re-develop. •
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back. • come home. • come round cards on the table. • show your true
again. • come to. • demand a refund. colours. • smoke out. • spill the beans.
• feel in return. • flare up. • fling back. • spill your guts. • take the lid off. •
• get back. • give a mandate. • give take the wraps off (infml). • turn up. •
back. • give in response. • give in re- write an open letter.
turn. • go again. • go back. • go home.
• hand back. • hand down. • hand in. review vb –A.
• happen again. • hit back. • hold be attentive. • bone up. • brush up. •
back. • hurl back. • kick back. • make call to mind. • carry your thoughts
restitution. • move back. • not ap- back. • cast your mind back (to). •
prove. • not pass. • not retain. • occur check thoroughly. • comment on. •
again. • opt for. • pay back. • pay divi- count over. • deal with. • give your
dends. • pay off. • pay out. • put back. opinion of. • go over again. • go over in
• put in power. • quid pro quo. • reel your mind. • go over. • go through. •
back. • refuse to be satisfied. • repeat hark back to. • hash over. • have an
(itself). • retrace your steps. • return afterthought. • have another look at. •
with thanks. • reverse direction. • have another think about. • have sec-
round on sb. • say in response. • send ond thoughts. • inquire into. • investi-
back. • send in response. • send on a gations into. • look at (again). • look at
mission. • send on an errand. • send in a different light. • look back on. •
out. • show profit. • snap back. • look into. • look over. • make inquiries
swing back. • take back. • throw back. into. • make another study of. • make
• thrust back. • toss back. • turn sure of. • march past. • muse upon. •
around. • turn back. • vote for. • vote pass under review. • read through. • re-
in. • wish sb the same. evaluate. • re-examine. • reflect on. •
run over. • size up. • sum up. • sum-
reveal vb –AA. mon up. • take a fresh look at. • take
allow to be seen. • be evidence of. • another look at. • take cognizance of. •
betray a confidence. • blow the gaff. • take into account. • take into consider-
blow the lid off. • blow the whistle. • ation. • take stock of. • think back on.
blow wide open. • blurt (out). • break • think back upon. • think back. • think
the news. • bring (out) into the open. better of. • think over. • think through.
• bring out. • bring to light. • bring to • trace back. • weigh up. • write a cri-
public notice/attention. • come clean tique of. • write-up.
about. • come out with. • dig up. •
dish the dirt. • drag into the limelight. ride vb –AA.
• expose to view. • get off your chest amuse yourself. • be borne. • be car-
(infml). • get out of your system. • ried. • be conveyed. • be mounted on.
give away. • give disinformation. • • be supported. • be without ambition.
give out. • give the game away. • give • break in. • cadge a lift. • corner well.
the low-down. • give the show away. • • domineer over. • go by air. • go by
give utterance to. • go public on/with. bicycle. • go by bike. • go by bus. • go
• lay bare. • leak information. • let by cab. • go by car. • go by coach. • go
drop. • let fall. • let on. • let out. • let by motorcycle. • go by road. • go by
slip. • let the cat out of the bag. • taxi. • go by train. • go by tube. • go for
make a clean breast of. • make known. a ride. • go for a spin. • go for an air-
• make plain. • make public. • open ing. • go on horseback. • go with the
up. • pass on. • put on display. • put current. • go with the tide. • handle
on show. • put on view. • put your well. • have a good seat. • hold on the
curves. • hold the road. • hug the road.
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• keep an even keel. • maintain bal- up. • go places (infml). • go up. • go


ance. • maintain equilibrium. • make uphill. • go far. • grow buoyant. • have
your way. • move aimlessly. • perform foundation. • issue from. • jump up. •
well. • remain stable. • ride evenly. • knock off (infml). • leap up. • make
ride hard. • ride on an even keel. • headway. • make its way up. • make
ride well. • set foot in the stirrup. • progress. • make strides. • make your
show good engineering. • sit on. • sit way up. • make your way. • mount a
well. • start out. • take a lift. • take a rebellion. • mount the barricades. •
ride. • take horse. • thumb a lift. • move up. • move upwards. • occur to.
travel in. • treat overbearingly. • tyr- • pile up. • puff up. • push up. • reach
annize over. high. • reach up. • react to. • rear up.
• respond to. • rise and shine (infml). •
ring vb –AA. rise in the world. • rise to your feet. •
be loud. • buzz for. • call out. • call up.
rise up (in arms). • rise up. • rouse
• chime out. • fence in. • form a ring
yourself. • shake a leg (infml). • shoot
round. • get on the blower to (infml).
up. • slant upwards. • slope upwards. •
• get on the blower. • get on the phone
speed up. • spring from. • spring up. •
to. • get sb on the horn (infml). • get
stack up. • stage an insurrection/rebel-
sb on the phone. • give (sb) a buzz/
lion. • stand high. • stand up. •
ring. • give sb a bell (infml). • give sb
straighten up. • surge (up). • suspend
a call. • give sb a tinkle (infml). • go
proceedings. • sweep upward. • take a
around. • hem in. • make a call (to).
break. • take a turn for the better. •
• peal the bells. • place a call (to). •
take five (infml). • take off. • take to
play music. • press the buzzer. • ring
the streets. • take up arms. • take-off.
a change. • ring out. • ring up. • seal
• turn up. • work your way up. • work
off. • set off. • sing in the ear. • sound
your way.
the brass. • usher in.
risk vb –A.
rise vb –AAA. beard the lion in their den. • bell the
be elevated. • be erected. • be
cat. • buck the tiger. • carry too much
founded. • be lifted up. • be located.
sail. • defy danger. • do at your own
• be placed. • be promoted. • be put
peril. • double the blind. • expose to
up. • be raised from the dead. • be
danger. • expose yourself to. • fish in
restored to life. • be resurrected. • be
troubled waters. • gamble (with). •
revived. • be situated. • be suspended.
gamble on. • go out of your depth. • go
• be up and about. • become apparent.
through fire and water. • go to sea in a
• become erect. • become hopeful. •
sieve. • hang by a thread. • lay yourself
become louder. • become more cheer-
open to. • leap before you look. • live
ful. • become optimistic. • bestir your-
in a glass house. • make an investment.
self. • better yourself. • blast off. • bob
• play with fire. • push your luck. • put
up. • break off. • buck up (infml). •
at risk. • put in danger. • put in jeop-
cheer up. • climb the ladder. • climb
ardy. • put on the line. • run a/the risk.
up. • come back from the dead. •
• sail too near the wind. • sit on a bar-
come back to life. • come down. •
rel of gunpowder. • skate on thin ice. •
come on. • come to life. • come up. •
sleep on a volcano. • stand a chance of.
crop up. • curl upward. • emanate
• stick your neck out. • take a chance
from. • flow from. • fly up. • forge
(with). • take a chance on. • take a leap
ahead. • get better. • get higher. • get
in the dark. • take risks. • take the lib-
on. • get out of bed. • get somewhere.
erty. • take the plunge. • take the risk
• get steeper. • get to your feet. • get
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of. • take a shot at. • tempt Provi- rule vb –A.


dence. • throw caution to the wind. • be at the helm (infml). • be customary.
trust to chance. • be in authority. • be in charge. • be in
roll vb –AA. command. • be in control (of). • be in
be agitated. • be carried. • be con- power. • be monarch. • be number one
veyed. • be in motion. • be in se- (infml). • be pre-eminent. • be preva-
quence. • beat a tattoo. • beat the lent. • be sovereign. • be superior. • be
drum. • bend over. • bowl along. • coil supreme. • be the leader of. • be the
up. • come around. • come in turn. • order of the day. • call to order. • divide
din in the ear. • drum in the ear. • fly and rule. • exercise authority. • exert
by/past. • follow in due course. • glide authority. • fill a post. • give a ruling.
by/past. • go by/past. • go round and • give judgment. • give laws to. • have
round. • go round. • hit an air pocket. a place. • have authority. • have control
• loop the loop. • make heavy weather. of. • hold office. • hold sway. • hold the
• make smaller. • make time. • march reins. • keep order. • lay down the law.
on. • play music. • press down. • re- • lay down. • legislate for. • make a
echo. • rise and fall. • roll along. • roll judgement. • occupy a post. • pass
out. • roll up. • roll your r’s. • run on judgment. • preside over. • reign su-
wheels. • sail by/past. • set rolling. • preme. • rule absolutely. • rule out. •
side-slip. • sing in the ear. • slide by/ sit in judgment. • sit on the throne. •
past. • slip by/past. • sound faint. • try a case. • use your authority. • wear
start production. • steal by/past. • the crown. • wield the scepter. • wield
swing around. • turn over and over. • authority. • wield power.
turn over. • turn round and round. • run vb –AAA.
turn round. • wear on. barrel (along) (infml). • be a candidate.
round vb –A. • be a contender for. • be active. • be
beat the bounds. • coil up. • double a covered with. • be current. • be dif-
point. • fill out. • form into a globe. • fused. • be effective. • be flooded by. •
form into a sphere. • go round. • loop be in charge of. • be in control of. • be
the loop. • make a circuit. • make in effect. • be in motion. • be in opera-
curved. • make round. • make spheri- tion. • be in the race. • be in. • be
cal. • move round. • roll up. • sail mounted. • be off. • be on. • be opera-
round. • travel round. • weather a tive. • be performed. • be presented. •
point. be produced. • be put on. • be
screened. • be staged. • be strong. • be
row vb –A.
the boss of. • be valid. • be wet with. •
bandy words. • be at each other’s
beat a (hasty) retreat. • beat it (infml).
throats. • be at loggerheads. • be at
• become depleted. • become ex-
odds. • be at variance. • be in motion.
hausted. • bug out (infml). • bugger
• be violent. • break the peace. • catch
off. • carry on. • carry out. • charge
a crab. • chop logic (infml). • cross
along. • chase along. • clear off (infml).
swords. • fail to agree. • fall out. • get
• clear out. • come apart. • come un-
the sweeps out. • go at it hammer and
done. • cut and run (infml). • cut out
tongs (infml). • have a fight. • have a
(infml). • dart ahead. • dash off. • deal
misunderstanding. • have a row. •
in. • do a bunk (infml). • do a disap-
have words (with). • lock horns. • pick
pearing act. • do a runner (infml). •
a bone with. • pluck a crow with. • ply
drain out. • drip with. • drive gently. •
the oar. • row with. • shoot the rapids.
drive slowly. • elope with. • extend to.
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• exude liquid. • flow out. • flow with.


• fly the coop (infml). • get a move on
(infml). • get along. • get cracking
(infml). • get the lead out (infml). •
S
give a lift to. • give sb a lift. • go hell
sample vb –A.
check out (infml). • dip into. • experi-
for leather. • go like a bat out of bell
ment with. • partake of. • put to the
(infml). • go like lightning. • go like
test. • try out.
the wind. • go on the double. • go on.
• go over. • go round. • go soft. • go sanction vb –A.
through (infml). • hasten off. • have agree to. • consent to. • discipline sb
effect. • have force. • head for the for. • give assent to. • give leave for. •
hills. • hightail it (infml). • hop it give permission for. • give the go-ahead
(infml). • hot-foot it (infml). • hunt (infml). • give the green light (to)
out. • jog along. • keep going. • leg it (infml). • give the thumbs up (to)
(infml). • light out. • look after. • lose (infml). • give your blessing (to). • lend
colour. • make a break for it. • make your name to. • rubber-stamp. • vouch
a quick exit. • make a regular journey. for.
• make a run for it. • make off with. •
satisfy vb –A.
make off. • make tracks. • make your
appease sb. • be adequate. • be
getaway. • make yourself scarce. •
enough. • be good enough. • be of ad-
move fast. • officiate at. • ooze liquid.
vantage. • be sufficient. • brighten up.
• peel out (infml). • preside over. •
• cater to. • clear up. • come up to ex-
press on. • put on a burst of speed. •
pectations. • come up to. • comply
put on some speed (infml). • put out.
with. • conform to. • content sb. •
• put to flight. • put yourself forward
crown your wishes. • cut the mustard
for. • put yourself up for. • run away.
(infml). • dispel sb’s doubts. • fill the
• run for it. • run off. • scamper off. •
bill (infml). • fill the want. • fit the bill.
secrete liquid. • set going. • set mov-
• get a receipt. • honour (a bill). • keep
ing. • shoot through (infml). • show a
a promise. • leave nothing more to be
clean pair of heels. • slope off. • speed
desired. • leave open. • leave sb walk-
along. • spill over. • spread over. •
ing on air. • make believe. • make cer-
stand as a candidate for. • stand for
tain. • make cheerful. • make con-
election as. • stand for. • step on it
tented. • make good. • make merry. •
(infml). • stir your stumps (infml). •
make reparation for. • make the grade
stream with. • take a powder (infml).
(infml). • make your day. • match up
• take care of. • take flight. • take into
to. • measure up to. • meet require-
custody. • take it on the lam (infml). •
ments. • pander to. • pass muster. •
take no notice of. • take off (infml). •
pay in full. • pay off. • pay up. • prove
take part. • take to your heels. • take
acceptable. • provide for. • put sb’s
yourself off. • tear off. • tick over. •
mind at rest. • serve the purpose. •
traffic in. • turn on. • turn tail (infml).
settle the question. • square up. • take
• turn to liquid. • walk it (infml). •
the edge off. • win over.
water at the mouth.
...
save vb –AA.
bail (sb) out. • bail out. • be (more)
economical. • be frugal. • be thrifty. •
bring into spiritual life. • come to sb’s
aid. • come to sb’s rescue. • come to the
rescue of. • cut back. • cut costs. • cut
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time for. • fix up. • line up. • make ar-


expenditure. • deliver from the power rangements for. • pencil in. • set up. •
of Satan. • draw in your horns. • draw settle on. • slot in.
the purse strings. • hang on to. • hide
score vb –AA.
away. • husband your resources. •
achieve success. • be a hit (infml). • be
keep by you. • keep for future use. •
a sellout (infml). • be a success. • be a
keep in hand. • keep in reserve. • keep
winner (infml). • be one up on (infml).
safe. • keep up your sleeve (infml). •
• be successful. • chalk up (infml). •
lay apart. • lay aside. • lay away. • lay
come through. • cross out. • gain a
by. • lay in. • lay up. • look after. •
point. • gain an advantage. • get an
make cutbacks. • make economies. •
enthusiastic reception. • get the better
make unnecessary. • pile up. • pinch
of. • go down a storm (infml). • go
the pennies. • practise economy. • put
down well. • have an impact. • have the
aside for a rainy day. • put aside. • put
last laugh. • keep (the) score. • keep a
away. • put by. • put in a safe place. •
record. • keep a tally of. • keep a tally.
put to one side. • put up. • rake and
• keep count. • knock up. • make a fool
scrape. • rescue from sin. • rule out. •
of. • make a goal. • make a groove/
salt away. • save alive. • save by the
grooves in. • make a notch in. • make
bell. • save for a rainy day. • save sb’s
an impression. • make notches in. •
bacon (infml). • save sb’s life. • save
notch up (infml). • put a line through.
sb’s neck (infml). • save sb’s skin
• rack up. • score off. • score out/
(infml). • save up. • scrimp and scrape.
through. • strike out. • win a goal. •
• send to Hell. • set aside. • set by. •
win a point.
set free. • snatch from the jaws of
death. • squirrel away (infml). • stash screen vb –A.
away (infml). • store up. • stow away. be opaque. • be unseen. • block out. •
• take care of. • throw a lifeline. • check out. • check up. • close the shut-
tighten your belt (infml). • treasure up. ters. • curtain off. • divide off. • draw
• watch your pennies. • wrest from a veil over. • draw the curtains. • filter
danger. out. • keep at bay. • keep off. • keep
out the light. • keep out. • keep the
say vb –AAA.
heat out. • keep the sun off. • make
break silence. • bring forward. • come
opaque. • obstruct the light. • partition
out with (infml). • dare say. • express
off. • pull down the blind. • pull out. •
yourself. • find words to express. •
put on television. • put on the air. • put
fling off. • get across. • give as your
on. • put up the shutters. • separate off.
opinion. • give information. • give the
• shield from. • shut out. • spread the
impression that. • give utterance to. •
awning. • ward off.
give voice to. • have your ear. • have
your say. • hazard a guess. • lay down search vb –A.
the law. • let out. • make known. • angle for. • ask for. • be curious. • be
noise abroad. • open your mouth. • gunning for. • be tentative. • beat
put about. • put across. • put forth. • about. • cast about. • cast around for. •
put into words. • put your cards on the cast around/round. • clean out. • con-
table. • rise to the occasion. • say so. duct a search. • delve in. • dig for. • dig
• state positively. • take as a hypoth- in. • drag for. • embark on a treasure-
esis. hunt. • enquire for. • exert yourself. •
explore every avenue. • explore every
schedule vb –A.
inch. • feel for. • feel in your pockets. •
be due. • draw up a schedule. • fix a
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ferret (about/around) in. • ferret • vouch for. • win possession of.


about for. • ferret out. • fish about/
around (in). • fish for. • follow the
see vb –AAA.
arrange to meet. • associate with. • at-
trail. • forage through. • give sb a/the
tend to. • be a spectator. • be dating. •
once-over (infml). • go fishing. • go in
be in charge of. • be mindful. • be
quest of. • go over. • go over/through
present. • be responsible for. • be sb’s
with a fine-tooth comb. • go through.
boyfriend/girlfriend. • be sure to. • be
• grope for. • grope in the dark. • grub
undeceived by. • be visible. • be wise. •
about/around in. • how should I
be with. • become cognizant of. • be-
know?. • hunt for. • hunt through. •
come visible. • bump into (infml). • call
I don’t know. • it beats me. • it’s a
in. • call on. • cast the eyes on. • cast
mystery. • leave no stone unturned in.
the eyes over. • catch a glimpse of. •
• look around/round. • look for. •
catch on (infml). • catch sight of. •
look high and low (for). • look into
chance on. • chance upon. • check out
every nook and corner. • look through.
(infml). • chew it over. • clap eyes on.
• look up and down. • nose out. • pay
• come across. • command a view of. •
into. • peek into. • peep into. • peer
confer with. • consort with. • cope
into. • pick over. • poke around in. •
with. • cotton on to (infml). • dally
poke into. • pry into. • quarter the
with. • deal with. • direct the eyes. •
ground. • rake over. • rake through. •
enquire about. • fathom (out). • figure
rifle through. • root about. • root
out (infml). • find out. • get a fix on
about/around in. • root around. •
(infml). • get a glimpse of. • get a load
roust around in. • rummage about/
of (infml). • get advice from. • get the
around (in). • rummage in. • rum-
drift of. • get the hang of (infml). • get
mage through. • scout out. • scrabble
the measure of. • get the message
about/around in. • search for. • search
(infml). • get the picture (infml). • get
me!. • search through. • search your
to know. • get together with. • get your
pockets. • seek a clue. • sift through.
head round/around (infml). • give a
• smell around. • smell out. • sniff
consultation to. • give a hearing to. •
out. • strip-search. • track down. •
give an audience to. • give an interview
treasure-hunt. • turn inside out. •
to. • give it some thought. • give some
turn out. • turn over. • turn upside
thought of. • give sth a/the once-over
down. • why ask me? • worm out.
(infml). • give thought. • go and see. •
seat vb –A. go on a tour of. • go out with. • go
cater for. • have capacity for. • have steady with (infml). • go with. • hap-
room for. • have seats for. • have pen on. • have a conference with. •
space for. have a fling with. • have a look around/
secure vb –AA. round. • have a meeting. • have a
batten down. • board up. • come by. think. • have a tour of. • have an affair
• get hold of (infml). • get possession with. • have in sight. • have meetings.
of. • get your hands on (infml). • get • have recourse to. • have second sight.
your mitts on (infml). • give security. • hold in view. • keep at. • keep com-
• go bail for. • lay your hands on pany with. • keep in perspective. • latch
(infml). • lock up. • make fast. • make on to (infml). • lay eyes on (infml). •
firm. • make immune. • make impreg- look after. • look around. • look at. •
nable. • make invulnerable. • make look in. • look into. • look on. • look
safe. • make sound. • make sure of. • out on. • look round. • look through. •
pick up. • put by. • screw up. • tie up. make a date with. • make certain. •
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make enquiries. • make enquiries make a show of. • make out to be. •
about. • make enquiries as to. • make produce the reaction. • resemble super-
out. • make sure to. • make sure. • ficially. • seem like. • show signs of. •
make up your mind. • meet (by ar- sound like. • strike sb as. • take on the
rangement). • meet (by chance). • aspect. • take on the manner.
meet socially. • meet up with. • mull it
select vb –A.
over. • not be taken in by. • not fall for
be fastidious. • decide on. • draw the
(infml). • not forget (to). • pay a visit
line. • fix on. • hand-pick. • indulge
to. • pay attention to. • pick out. •
your fancy. • mark down. • mark out. •
puzzle over it. • remember to. • re-
opt for. • pick and choose. • pick out. •
volve it in your mind. • run across. •
pick the best. • put on one side. • put
run against. • run into. • satisfy your-
up. • set apart. • settle on. • single out.
self. • see about. • see at a glance. •
• skim off. • sort out. • take your pick.
see in the dark. • see in the mind’s eye.
• see over. • see round. • see things. • sell vb –AAA.
see through. • see to it. • see to. • see arrange the sale of. • auction off. • be
truly. • see visions. • see with half an bought up. • be bought. • be exhausted.
eye. • see with your own eyes. • seek • be found for. • be in demand. • be in
advice from. • seek information from. the business of. • be out of stock of. • be
• set eyes on. • sight-see. • speak to. • priced at. • be purchased. • be sold. •
stand by. • step out with (infml). • be trading at. • betray your cause/ide-
stick by. • stick out (infml). • stumble als. • bid up. • blow the whistle on
across. • stumble on/upon. • suss out (infml). • bring sb round to. • bring to
(infml). • take a dekko at (infml). • market. • bring under the hammer. •
take care of. • take care. • take coun- cater for the market. • clear stock. •
sel from. • take in. • take notice. • take convince of. • convince sb of the merits
out. • talk to. • think of. • think over. of. • deal in. • dispose of. • do down. •
• tumble to (infml). • turn it over in get acceptance for. • get across. • get
your mind. • turn to. • use your eyes. support for. • give a deed for. • give in
• walk out with (infml). • work out. part-exchange. • give title to. • go for.
• go like hot cakes. • go over to the
seem vb –AAA.
other side. • grass on (infml). • have a
appear to be. • appear to sb. • appear
market. • have a sale. • have for sale. •
to the observation/understanding. • be
have none left. • have on offer. • hawk
suggestive of. • come across as. • con-
about. • hold a clearance sale. • hold a
vey the impression. • create the im-
sale. • hype up. • induce to. • inform
pression. • give sb the feeling that you
against. • invite tenders. • knock down
are…. • give the effect of. • give the
to. • make a sale. • meet a demand. •
feeling of. • give the idea. • give the
meet an order. • negotiate the sale of. •
impression (of being). • have a feeling
not retain. • offer for sale. • offer for
in your bones (infml). • have all the
sale. • part-exchange. • peach on
earmarks of. • have all the evidence of
(infml). • persuade of. • persuade sb to
being. • have the air of being. • have
accept. • play false. • prostitute your-
the appearance of being. • have the
self. • put on sale. • put the finger on
expression. • have the look of. • have
(infml). • put up for sale. • raise the
the qualities of. • impress sb. • induce
bid. • raise the price. • rat on (infml).
the reaction. • look as if. • look as
• rave about. • realize your capital. •
though you are…. • look like. • look
retail at. • run out of. • sell again. • sell
so. • look to be. • make a noise like. •
at a loss. • sell at a profit. • sell at the
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market. • sell at. • sell by auction. • pose a sentence on. • mete out justice
sell down the river. • sell forward. • to. • mete out punishment to. • pass
sell like hot cakes. • sell off. • sell on judgement (on). • pass sentence. • pro-
the black market. • sell on the curb. • nounce guilty. • pronounce judgment. •
sell out. • sell over the counter. • sell pronounce sentence on. • send to
to the highest bidder. • sell under the prison. • send up the river. • send up.
counter. • sell up. • sell well. • sell
separate vb –A.
your soul. • service an order. • sing
achieve liberty. • be dispersed. • be-
about (infml). • solicit orders. •
come detached. • become disconnected.
squeal on (infml). • stab sb in the
• become estranged. • branch off. •
back. • talk sb into. • tell tales on. •
break apart. • break away (from). •
trade in. • traffic in. • turn over your
break off. • break ranks. • break up. •
stock. • turn over. • unload on the
break with. • cast off. • close off. •
market. • win approval for. • win sb
come apart. • come away. • come be-
over to. • wind up. • write up.
tween. • come off. • come to bits. •
send vb –AAA. come to the parting of the ways. • come
address to. • ask to come. • blow undone. • come unstuck. • commit
away (infml). • call for. • call in. • schism. • cordon off. • curtain off. • cut
carry across. • carry over. • cause (sb) adrift. • cut loose. • cut off. • disaffili-
to be/become. • deliver in person. • ate yourself from. • discriminate be-
draft off. • get off. • get under way. • tween. • dissociate yourself from. • di-
give off. • give out. • give papers. • vide in two. • divide off. • draw apart.
give pleasure to. • give sb a buzz/kick • draw the line. • drop out of. • fall
(infml). • have conveyed. • hive off. • apart. • fall away. • fall off. • fall out.
hurry off. • let fly. • pack off. • post • fence off. • filter out. • form a bound-
on. • put in the post/mail. • put under ary between. • form a splinter group. •
sail. • request the presence/atten- free yourself. • get a divorce. • get
dance of. • rush off. • send away. • away. • get divorced. • get free. • get
send by hand. • send by post. • send loose. • go another way. • go apart. •
flying. • send for. • send forth. • send go away. • go different ways. • go in
in. • send into ecstasies. • send off. • different directions. • go their separate
send out for. • send out. • send out. • ways. • have nothing more to do with.
send sb into ecstasies. • send sb into • hive off. • hold apart. • keep apart. •
raptures. • take away. • turn on let go. • lie between. • live apart. • live
(infml). • turn sb on (infml). separately. • mark off. • move apart. •
sense vb –A. not mix. • not retain. • obtain an offi-
be aware of. • be conscious of. • be/ cial separation. • part company. • part
become cognizant of. • become aware ways. • part from. • partition off. •
of. • become conscious of. • feel in point off. • pull out of. • pull apart. •
your bones. • get the feeling. • get the pull off. • put on one side. • put to one
impression (of). • have a feeling about side. • reach a parting of the ways. •
(infml). • have a funny feeling (infml). resign from. • rope off. • say (your)
• have a hunch. • have feeling. • just goodbyes. • say farewell/adieu. •
know. • make out. • pick up. • receive screen off. • secede from. • section off.
an impression. • separate out. • separate the sheep
from the goats. • set apart. • set at vari-
sentence vb –A. ance or at odds. • sever relations with.
find guilty. • impose a penalty. • im- • shut off. • sift out. • single out. • sort
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out. • sort the wheat from the chaff. • have a brief. • have a job with. • have
split in tow. • split off. • split up. • split a place (on). • hear duty’s call. • help
with. • spring apart. • stand apart. • sb to food. • hold a place (on). • hold
stand between. • stop living together. down a job. • hold office. • just do. •
• take leave. • weed out. • winnow ladle out. • lend a hand to. • lend itself
out. • withdraw from. to. • lend yourself to. • live in. • live up
serve vb –AA. to your duty. • look after. • make a con-
acquit yourself of an obligation. • act tribution to. • make available. • make
as a substitute for. • act as waiter. • act yourself useful. • meet requirements. •
as waitress. • act as. • act towards. • minister to. • obey the call of your
aid and abet. • answer the purpose. • country. • pander to. • parcel out. •
attend to the requirements of. • attend perform duties for. • perform duties on.
to the wants of. • attend to. • attend • perform duties. • plate up. • play a
upon. • be a member of. • be a slave. supporting role. • play second fiddle. •
• be acceptable. • be adequate. • be all portion out. • present with. • see to. •
right. • be better than nothing. • be serve a purpose. • serve as a makeshift.
employed by. • be good enough. • be • serve up. • serve your turn. • set out.
good. • be in service. • be in the ser- • sit on. • sling hash (infml). • sling
vice of. • be inferior. • be instrumental. plates (infml). • spoon out. • take care
• be obedient to. • be of assistance. • of. • unite with. • wait on hand and
be of service (for). • be of use to. • be foot. • wait on. • wait upon. • work for.
on hand. • be on. • be part of the • work on.
workforce. • be servile. • be subject. • service vb –A.
be suitable for. • be useful. • behave check over. • fine-tune. • give a main-
towards. • busy yourself. • carry on a tenance check to. • go over. • keep in
trade. • carry out duties on. • carry out good condition. • keep in good repair.
the wishes of. • carry out. • cause to • keep safe. • keep up. • make like new.
accept. • clean for. • come at your call. • meet an order. • service an order. •
• conduct yourself towards. • dance tune (up). • work on.
attendance on. • deal out food. • deal
set vb –AAA.
out. • deal with. • deliver the goods. •
agree on. • agree upon. • be found. •
deliver to. • discharge your duty. • dish
be located. • be perched. • be sited. •
up. • dish out. • distribute food/re-
become hard. • become solid. • build
freshments. • do a good turn to. • do
up. • decide (upon). • decide on. • dip
and no more. • do chores. • do duty as.
below the horizon. • fix a price. • fix
• do for. • do good. • do housework. •
on. • fix up. • gear to. • go down. •
do service. • do sterling service. • do
hold up. • intend to. • lay aside. • lay
sth for. • do the work of. • do your bid-
at the door of. • lay by. • lay down. •
ding. • do your bit for. • dole out. • fag
lay out. • lay the foundations of. •
for. • fetch and carry for. • fill the bill
make ready. • move to one side. • plant
(infml). • fit the bill. • follow like a
out. • put down. • put right. • resolve
sheep. • follow to the world’s end. •
on. • sink to the bottom. • switch on.
fulfil duties. • fulfil the function of. •
function as. • give a helping hand to. • settle vb –AA.
give aid. • give assistance to. • give accede to. • acquiesce in. • address
help to. • give out. • give to. • give yourself to. • agree to. • agree on. •
your attention to. • go through. • hand apply yourself to. • arrange a settle-
around. • hand out. • hand over to. • ment. • assent to. • balance accounts
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with. • be moderate. • be quiet. • be to work on. • set up home. • set up


stable. • be still. • be wont. • become housekeeping (in). • settle an account.
a citizen. • become conventional. • • settle down. • settle out of court. •
become domiciled in. • bed down. • settle the score. • settle up. • sink to the
begin to tackle. • bring to an end. • bottom. • sit down. • smooth over. •
bring to book. • buy a house. • calm sober up. • sort out. • square (up). •
down. • clear accounts with. • clear square accounts with. • straighten out.
off old scores. • clear the land. • clear • strike root in. • submit to. • swarm
up. • clinch a deal. • close with. • over. • take hold. • take root. • take up
come down. • come to a decision residence. • tidy up. • touch down. •
about. • come to rest. • compromise tuck in. • turn your attention to. • wipe
on. • concentrate on. • deal with. • out. • work out.
decide on. • devote yourself to. • dis-
shadow vb –A.
pose of. • do for. • emigrate to. • en-
apply cosmetics. • be behind. • be near.
sconce yourself. • entrench yourself. •
• block off the light to. • cast a shadow
establish a colony in. • establish a
over. • dog sb’s footsteps. • dog your
colony. • establish a home. • establish
footsteps. • envelop in shadow. • follow
yourself. • even the score. • find a
close. • follow the scent. • keep a tab
solution to. • find an answer to. • fix
on. • keep in sight. • keep out the light.
your residence. • focus on. • follow
• keep tabs on. • keep the heat out. •
convention. • found a colony. • gain a
keep the sun off. • keep watch on. •
footing. • get a foothold. • get down
make up. • put on make-up. • sit on
to. • get in a groove. • get in a rut. •
your tail. • spy on.
get squared away. • get together. •
give sb their come-uppance. • give sb shake vb –AA.
what was coming to him. • give up be agitated. • be cold. • be in stitches.
your wild ways. • go to live. • hang up • be weak. • burst with laughter. •
your hat. • hash out. • install yourself. cause doubt. • choke with laughter. •
• iron out. • keep house. • lead a churn up. • come unstuck. • die with
humdrum existence. • live an orderly laughter. • dispose of. • do sb’s head in.
life. • make an adjustment. • make an • double up. • extricate yourself from.
end of. • make certain. • make com- • feel cold. • get away from. • get rid
fortable. • make payment. • make of. • get shot of (infml). • get to. • give
peace. • make terms. • make your the slip to. • have a bad effect on. •
home. • marry and settle down. • hold your sides. • hoot with laughter. •
mend your fences. • move to. • park kill yourself laughing. • laugh fit to
yourself (infml). • patch up. • pay burst. • laugh your head off. • leave
damages. • pay in full. • pay out. • behind. • make a mixture. • make ner-
place yourself. • plant yourself. • vous. • make sb stop in their tracks. •
plonk yourself (infml). • plump your- mess with sb’s head (infml). • mix up.
self. • put an end to. • put down roots. • pull the rug out from under (infml). •
• put in order. • put into order. • put put into order. • put the wind up. •
right. • put to rights. • quieten down. raise apprehensions. • rid yourself of. •
• raise a family. • reach a compromise. roar with laughter. • rock with laughter.
• reach an agreement about. • regu- • roll around. • roll with laughter. • set
late your life. • revenge yourself. • in motion. • set on edge. • shake like a
seal a bargain. • seat yourself. • set leaf. • shake off. • shake up. • shake
about. • set right. • set to rights. • set your faith. • show feeling. • shriek with
laughter. • soften up. • split with laugh-
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ter. • split your sides. • stir up. • on board. • ship out. • take in. • take
stream in the air. • take aback. • throw on board.
off balance. • undermine your belief. •
shock vb –A.
wave from side to side.
be a scandal. • be an example. • be
shape vb –A. wonderful. • cause discontent. • cause
come along. • fall into place. • get bet- dislike. • excite hate. • fill sb with
ter. • go forward. • knock into shape. loathing. • give (sb) a turn (infml). •
• line up. • make headway. • make give offence to. • gross out (infml). •
progress. • put into shape. • shape up. incur blame. • make a scandal. • make
• show improvement. • show promise. sb sick to their stomach. • make sb sick.
• take form. • take shape. • make sb throw up. • make sb vomit.
• make sb’s blood run cold. • make your
share vb –AAA.
blood run cold. • make your gorge rise.
be equal. • be involved in. • care up.
• put sb off. • raise eyebrows. • ride
• contribute to. • deal out. • dish out.
down. • set sb back on their heels. •
• divide up. • divide with. • divvy up
shake out of your complacency. • shake
(infml). • dole out. • double up. • give
up (infml). • stick in the throat. • stink
and take. • give out. • go Dutch
in the nostrils. • take aback. • turn sb
(infml). • go fifty-fifty (infml). • go
off. • turn your stomach.
halves in/with. • go halves. • go in
with. • go shares. • hand out. • have shoot vb –AA.
a hand in. • have a part in. • have a aim at. • blaze away. • blow the brains
percentage of. • have a portion of. • out. • bring down. • burn rubber
have a role in. • have a share in. • have (infml). • burst forth. • capture on
a stake in. • have in common. • have film/celluloid. • cut down. • drug your-
no share in. • have sth to do with. • self. • fire (on). • fire a shot at. • fire a
measure out. • parcel out. • partake volley. • fire at. • fire off. • follow the
in. • participate in. • pay half. • play chase. • get a move on (infml). • get a
a part in. • portion out. • ration out. • photograph/photo (of). • get a snap-
share expenses. • share in. • share out. shot/snap (of). • get cracking (infml).
• take a part of. • take a share of. • • get photographs of. • get pictures/a
take no part in. • take part in. • use in picture (of). • give pain. • give tongue.
common. • go gunning. • go hell for leather. • go
like a bat out of hell (infml). • go like
shift vb –A.
lightning. • grow up. • gun down. •
be cunning. • be displaced. • be in
inject yourself. • knock off. • launch
motion. • be transferred. • change
into speech. • launch out. • lay rubber
course. • change direction. • change
(infml). • let fly (at). • let off. • loose
gears. • change hands. • change
off. • make a film of. • move fast. •
places. • change round. • do a U-turn
mow down. • open fire (at). • open fire
on (infml). • do an about-turn. •
(on). • pick off. • pop at. • pot at. • pull
double-cross. • eat your words. • get
the trigger. • pump full of lead (infml).
off. • get rid of. • make a move. •
• put a bullet in. • put before a firing
make adjustments to. • move around.
squad. • put forth buds. • put forth
• move fast. • move over. • play the
shoots. • put forth. • put your foot
fox. • shift about. • shift for yourself.
down (infml). • really move. • record
• take away. • take out.
on film/celluloid. • rub out. • send
ship vb –A. forth. • send out rays. • set off. • shoot
put into the hands of a shipper. • put a bridge. • shoot down. • shoot off. •
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shoot out rays. • shoot the rapids. • fected. • be conspicuous. • be dis-


shoot at. • shower with arrows. • closed. • be in view. • be obvious. • be
snipe at. • spank along. • spring up. • ostentatious. • be present. • be re-
stand against a wall. • start talking. • vealed. • be seen. • be transparent. •
step on it (infml). • store in a data- be truthful. • be visible. • blow wide
base. • take a photograph/photo (of). open (infml). • bring eyeball to eyeball.
• take a potshot at. • take a snap-shot/ • bring face to face. • bring to light. •
snap (of). • take photographs of. • bring to notice. • bring to your notice/
take pictures/a picture (of). • take sb’s attention. • catch the eye. • clock on. •
picture/photo. • take a shot at. • whip convince sb. • demonstrate the truth of.
(along) (infml). • demonstrate to. • describe to. • draw
shop vb –A. attention to. • establish evidence. • ex-
be disloyal to. • be in the market for. plain to. • expose to view. • expound
• be unfaithful to. • blow the whistle to. • force a confrontation. • furnish
on (infml). • break faith with. • break evidence. • get here/there. • give a
your promise to. • buy things. • buy guided tour. • give an idea of. • give
what you need/want. • do the dirty on away. • give instructions in. • give sub-
(infml). • do the shopping. • drop a/ stance to. • give yourself airs. • hold up
the dime on (infml). • get in supplies the mirror to. • indoctrinate sb in. •
of. • go shopping. • go to the shops. • instruct in. • instruct sb in. • keep noth-
hunt for. • inform on/against. • look ing back. • lay bare. • lay open. • lay
for. • look to buy. • peach on (infml). the finger on. • make a show of. • make
• pick up. • pimp on (infml). • pur- an appearance. • make clear. • make
chase by mail order. • purchase by known. • make manifest. • make obvi-
tele-ordering. • put sb’s pot on (infml). ous. • make plain. • make sb see. •
• put the finger on (infml). • rat on make visible. • make with. • offer to
(infml). • sell down the river (infml). the view. • open your heart. • peep out.
• sell out. • shop around. • shop for. • point out to. • point out. • point the
• sing about (infml). • snap up. • finger. • point to. • point towards. •
snitch on (infml). • squeal on (infml). produce evidence. • produce proof. •
• stab in the back. • stitch up (infml). prove to. • punch in. • punch the
• stock up on. • tell on (infml). • tell (time) clock. • put in an appearance. •
tales on. • try to buy. • window-shop. put on airs. • put on display. • put on
show. • put on television. • put on view.
shout vb –A. • put on. • put sb through their paces.
be assertive. • be loud. • be rude. • • put the spotlight on. • put to shame.
blaze abroad. • brook no denial. • call • put your cards on the table. • set be-
at the top of your voice. • call out. • fore your eyes. • set forth. • set off. •
crow over. • cry out. • get angry. • set out. • shine through. • show
have a big mouth. • hue and cry. • huff around. • show beyond doubt. • show
and puff. • lose your temper. • pipe for what it is. • show in a bad light. •
up. • raise your voice. • shoot a line. show off. • show over. • show through.
• shoot your mouth. • shout down. • • show to advantage. • show up. •
sound off. • speak up. • start shouting. speak your mind. • stage an exhibition.
• talk big. • throw a tantrum. • throw • stand out. • stick out. • stick up. •
things. • use your voice. • yell yourself submit evidence. • submit proof. •
hoarse. swagger around. • tear off the mask. •
show vb –AAA. testify to. • throw open. • trot out. •
act with. • attract notice. • be af-
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turn up. • tutor in. • tutor sb in. • wit- • be an indication of. • be an omen of.
ness to. • be evidence of. • be symptomatic of.
• beat the drum. • break the flag. • cry
shut vb –A.
help. • dip the flag. • exchange signals.
be quiet. • block out. • box in. • but-
• fire a warning shot. • flag down. • fly
ton the lip of (infml). • cage in. • cease
the flag. • give a sign to. • give a warn-
operating. • cease productions. • close
ing of. • half-mast. • hang out a signal.
down. • close up. • come to halt. •
• make a sign. • make a signal. • point
coop up. • cover up. • draw sth to. •
to. • raise the alarm. • send a message.
draw to. • fall silent. • fence in. • go
• send a signal. • send an SOS. • send
on strike. • hold your tongue (infml).
smoke signals. • sound the alarm. •
• keep in. • keep mum (infml). • keep
sound the trumpets. • strike the flag. •
out. • keep quiet. • keep silent. • keep
tap out a message. • unfurl the flag. •
up. • keep your lips sealed (infml). •
warn of. • wave by. • wave on. • wave
keep your trap shut (infml). • leave
through.
out. • lock in. • lock out. • pipe down
(infml). • pull sth to. • pull to. • push silence vb –A.
sth to. • push to. • put the lid on. • put bring to rest. • cut off. • cut short. •
up the shutters. • shut down. • shut in. damp down. • drown the noise. •
• shut out. • shut up. • switch off. • drown out. • make insensitive. • make
turn off. mute. • make quiet. • make silent. •
play down. • put a stop to. • put an end
sign vb –A.
to. • put out of court. • put the lid on.
agree to. • be mute. • become a mem-
• put to silence. • put to sleep. • put
ber of. • dash off. • exchange meaning-
down. • reduce to silence. • shout
ful glances. • fill out. • give a sign to.
down. • shut up. • soft-pedal. • sound
• give security. • give sth the go-ahead
dead. • stop sb’s mouth. • stop the ears.
(infml). • give sth the green light
• stop the mouth. • strike dumb. • tone
(infml). • give sth the OK (infml). •
down.
give sth the thumbs up (infml). • give
your approval to. • give your signature. sign vb –AA.
• hand over. • join the services. • join act as informer. • be cheerful. • belt
up. • make a sign. • make certain. • out. • blow the whistle (on sb) (infml).
make over. • make sign language. • put • burst into song. • call out. • celebrate
into effect. • put on the payroll. • put in song. • chant psalms. • cry out. •
your cross. • put your hand to. • put drop a/the dime on sb (infml). • finger
your mark (on). • put your name down sb (infml). • fink (on) (infml). • grass
for. • rubber-stamp. • say yes to. • set (on sb) (infml). • grow lyrical. • inform
your hand to. • sign on the dotted line. (on sb). • inform against. • lift up the
• sign on/up. • sign over. • sign with voice in song. • make melody. • offer
a cross. • subscribe to. • take into em- worship. • peach (on sb) (infml). •
ployment. • take into service. • take peach on. • pimp on sb (infml). • pipe
into your employ. • take on. • talk with up. • put the finger on sb (infml). •
your hands. • turn over. • use sign lan- raise a song. • rat on (infml). • rat on
guage. • wave your arms. • write your sb (infml). • rat sb out (infml). • ring in
name on. • write your signature. the ear. • sell sb down the river (infml).
• shop sb (infml). • sing hymns. • sing
signal vb –A.
in the ear. • sing like a bird. • sing like
add up to. • amount to. • be a sign of.
a canary. • sing out. • sing sb’s/sth’s
• be a symptom of. • be a warning of.
praises. • sing seconds. • sing to. •
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snitch (on sb) (infml). • spill your guts • sack up. • saw logs. • settle down. •
(infml). • spill the beans (infml). • shake down. • sleep in. • sleep like a
split on. • tell all. • tell on. • tell tales little child. • sleep like a log. • sleep
(on sb). • turn in (infml). like a top. • sleep soundly. • sleep the
sleep of the just. • sleep well. • snatch
sit vb –AAA. forty winks (infml). • snug down. •
be a member of. • be convened. • be sound the last post. • take a nap. • take
harmonious. • be in session. • be inac- a siesta. • take forty winks.(infml). •
tive. • be located. • be placed. • be turn in.
positioned. • be seated. • be sited. •
be situated. • be without a seat. • bear slip vb –AA.
on. • carry out duties on. • come to- be in danger. • be in motion. • be
gether. • ensconce yourself. • fit in. • wicked. • blurt out. • break away from.
get up. • give up your seat. • have a • break free from. • change into. •
chair. • have a place. • have a seat on. climb into. • climb out of. • clothe
• have room for. • have seats for. • yourself in. • come out with. • come
have space for. • hold a seat on. • hold unstuck. • deviate from the paths of
an assembly. • install yourself. • park virtue. • divest yourself of. • doll your-
yourself (infml). • place yourself. • self up in (infml). • dress yourself in. •
plant yourself. • plonk yourself drop a brick. • drop a clanger. • drop
(infml). • plump yourself. • put down. off. • fail with. • fall off. • fall over. •
• seat yourself. • serve on. • set down. fling aside. • fling off. • fling on. • fly
• settle down. • sink down. • sit by/past. • foul up. • get away. • get
down. • sit in. • sit on the ground. • away from. • get clear of. • get into. •
sit on. • sit up. • sit yourself down. • give away. • glide by/past. • go by/
squat on your hunkers. • take a chair. past. • go down the toilet. • go down
• take a load off your feet. • take a the tube/tubes. • go down. • go down-
load off your mind. • take a pew hill (infml). • go smoothly. • go to pot.
(infml). • take a place. • take a seat. • go to the dogs (infml). • go wrong. •
• take it easy. • take the load off your hit the skids. • insinuate yourself. •
feet (infml). • take the weight off your leave from the straight and narrow. • let
feet (infml). • work on. out. • let slip. • lose your balance. •
lose your footing. • make a bloomer
sleep vb –AA. (infml). • make a blunder. • make a
be asleep. • be fatigued. • be inatten- booboo (infml). • make a hash of. •
tive. • be inert. • be neglectful. • bed make a mistake. • mess up. • miss your
down. • bring down the curtain. • call footing. • move fast. • move stealthily/
it a day. • catch a wink. • catch some quietly. • peel off. • pour yourself into.
Zs (infml). • close your eyes. • doss • pull off. • pull on. • put on. • roll by/
down. • drop asleep. • drop off. past. • screw up (infml). • shrug off. •
(infml). • fail in duty. • fall asleep. • sink in. • slide by/past. • slip up. • slip
feel sleepy. • get some shut-eye your mind (infml). • steal by/past. •
(infml). • get some zizz (infml). • get stray from the straight and narrow. •
your head down (infml). • go out like take French leave. • take off. • throw
a light. • go to bed. • go to sleep. • on. • tick by/past. • tog yourself up/out
have a kip. • have forty winks (infml). in (infml). • trip (over). • war on.
• hit the hay. • hit the sack. • kip
down. • lose yourself in slumber. • nod slow vb –A.
off (infml). • put to sleep. • rest in the be inactive. • chill out. • come to a
arms of Morpheus. • roll in. • sack out. standstill. • come to rest. • cut back. •
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cut down. • ease off. • ease up. • easy read between the lines. • reason out. •
up. • get in the way of. • go slower. • settle up. • straighten out. • suss out.
hang loose. • hold back. • hold up. • • think out. • work out.
interfere with. • keep back. • keep
waiting. • kick back. • lessen your sort vb –A.
speed. • let up (infml). • lose momen- bring together. • clear up. • deal with.
tum. • put the brakes on. • reduce • figure out. • find a solution to. • find
speed. • rein in. • set back. • set sb an answer to. • hammer out. • iron out.
back. • shorten sail. • slack off. • • keep apart. • patch up. • pick out. •
slacken (off). • slow down. • slow up. put away. • put in order. • put right. •
• spin out. • take a break. • take it put to one side. • put to rights. • set in
easy. • wind down. order. • set right. • sew up. • sort out.
• straighten out. • straighten up. •
smile vb-AA. thrash out. • tidy up. • weed out. •
be affected. • be all smiles. • be cheer- work out.
ful. • be gracious. • be pleased. • blow
a kiss. • break into a smile. • curl your sound vb –A.
lips. • excite love. • express friendli- appear to be. • be deep. • be heard. •
ness. • express tenderness. • flash a be loud. • become audible. • blow the
smile. • give a half-smile. • grin from bugle. • conduct an enquiry. • create
ear to ear. • grin like a Cheshire cat. • the impression of being. • create the
kiss your fingers. • look amused. • look impression that. • delve into. • dig
delighted. • look happy. • look down into. • dig into. • emit sound. •
pleased. • make eyes. • radiate good enquire into. • fall on the ear. • fill the
humour. • show your teeth. ear. • give every indication of being. •
give every indication that. • give out
smoke vb –A. sound. • give the impression of. • give
be dim. • be hot. • be inert. • blow the impression of being. • give the im-
smoke rings. • chain-smoke. • drag on pression that. • give the impression. •
(infml). • draw on. • drug yourself. • go deep into. • go off. • have the ap-
emit fumes. • emit smoke. • inject pearance/air of being. • heave the lead.
yourself. • light up. • make opaque. • • hold an enquiry. • look into. • look
make unclean. • puff on. • pull on. • like (infml). • look to be. • make a
smoke a pipe. • smoke cigarettes. • noise (with). • make audible. • make
smoke like a chimney. • smoke up. • enquiries. • play music. • plumb the
smoke-dry. • suck tobacco sachets. • depths. • produce sound. • put into
sun-dry. • take a drag (of) (infml). • words. • reach the ear. • seem to be. •
take a draw. • take a pinch. • take set off. • sound in the ear. • sound the
snuff. • use cigars. • use tobacco. horn. • sound the trumpet. • sound
solve vb –A. out. • spread sound. • strike sb as be-
clear up. • dope out. • figure out. • ing. • strike sb that. • take a look at. •
find a/the solution to. • find an/the take soundings. • throw open to en-
answer to. • find out. • find the key to. quiry. • wind the horn.
• get right. • get to the bottom of. • speak vb –AAA.
have it. • hit it. • hit the nail on the (not) say a word about. • act as spokes-
head. • hit upon a solution. • make a man. • act for. • act on behalf of. • ad-
dent in a problem. • make head or tail vert to. • allude to. • bawl out (infml).
of. • make out. • piece together. • put • be drawn out. • be evidence of. • be
two and two together. • puzzle out. • loquacious. • be open about. • bear
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out. • blow up (infml). • blurt out. • • pass the time of day (with) (infml). •
break silence. • bring in. • bring into pipe up. • pitch into (infml). • pull up.
the open. • call down. • chat with. • • put in a word. • put into words. • put
chew out (infml). • chew sb’s ass. • on the mat (infml). • raise your voice. •
chew the fat (with) (infml). • chew rap over the knuckles (infml). • rattle
the rag (with) (infml). • come clean. on. • read aloud. • read out. • read sb
• come down on (infml). • comment the Riot Act. • ream out (infml). • ream
on. • communicate with. • converse sb’s ass. • reel off. • refer to. • remark
with. • cry out. • deal with. • deliver on. • remonstrate with. • say (any-
an address. • deliver yourself of. • thing/sth). • say sth about. • send a
dress down (infml). • drone on. • ex- message. • send a signal. • send sb
change signals. • find your tongue. • away with a flea in their ear (infml). •
give a dressing-down to (infml). • give send smoke signals. • shoot the breeze
a dressing-off (infml). • give a lecture. (infml). • slap down (infml). • slap sb’s
• give a sermon. • give a speech. • wrist (infml). • so to speak. • sound off.
give a spiel. • give a talk. • give a talk- • speak a language. • speak boldly. •
ing to (infml). • give a telling-of speak clearly. • speak for yourself. •
(infml). • give a ticking-off to (infml). speak frankly. • speak loudly. • speak
• give expression to. • give informa- openly. • speak out/up. • speak to. •
tion about. • give sb a bollocking. • speak with tongues. • speak your mind.
give sb a caning (infml). • give sb a • stand up and be counted. • stand up
dressing-down (infml). • give sb a for. • take to task. • talk about. • talk of.
mouthful (infml). • give sb a piece of • talk to. • talk with your hands. • talk
your mind. • give sb a rating. • give sb your fill. • tear sb off a strip (infml). •
a roasting (infml). • give sb a rocket tell a thing or two. • tell all. • tell off
(infml). • give sb a rollicking (infml). (infml). • testify to. • tick off (infml). •
• give sb a row (infml). • give sb a touch on. • touch upon. • trot out. • use
talking to (infml). • give sb a telling- sign language. • wag your tongue.
off-(infml). • give sb a wigging
speed vb –A.
(infml). • give sb an earful (infml). •
barrel (along) (infml). • belt along
give sb hell (infml). • give sb stick
(infml). • bomb (along). • bowl along.
(infml). • give sb what for (infml). •
• break the sound barrier. • break the
give tongue. • give utterance. • give
speed limit. • burn rubber (infml). •
vent to. • go on. • hang out a signal.
cover ground. • crank up (infml). •
• haul over the coals. • have a chat
crowd sail. • cut along. • drive too fast.
(with). • have a chinwag (infml). •
• exceed the speed limit. • gear up. •
have a confab (infml). • have a con-
get a move on (infml). • get moving
versation. • have a cosy chat. • have
(infml). • get the lead out (infml). •
a discussion (with). • have a go at
give a boost to. • give her the gas. • go
(infml). • have a talk. • have a tongue
all out. • go fast. • go hell for lather. •
in your head. • have a word (with). •
go it. • go like a bat out of hell (infml).
have your say. • hold forth. • lace into
• go like a bomb (Brit. & N.Z. infml). •
(infml). • lay into (infml). • let out. •
go like lightning. • go like the clappers
let sb have it (infml). • make a signal.
(infml). • go like the wind. • gun the
• make conversation. • make known.
motor. • help along. • help on. • hotfoot
• make mention of. • make reference
it (infml). • hurry up. • increase speed.
to. • make yourself audible. • make
• lay rubber (infml). • leg it (infml). •
yourself heard. • mention en passant.
lend wings to. • make haste. • move
• not much. • open your mouth/lips.
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fast. • press on. • put on sail. • put take to your heels. • tear asunder. • tell
your foot down (infml). • rattle along. on (infml). • tell tales on. • walk away.
• ride hard. • spank along. • speed up.
spot vb –A.
• step on it (infml). • step up.
catch sight of. • make out. • make ugly.
spend vb –AAA. • make unclean. • pick out. • rain
be master of your time. • cast away. • lightly. • see at a glance. • see with half
cough up. • dish out (infml). • drain an eye.
your resources. • empty your purse. •
spread vb –AA.
finish off. • fool away. • foot the bill. •
be dispersed. • be displayed. • be dis-
fork out (infml). • fritter away. • go
tributed. • be exhibited. • be fruitful. •
through. • have leisure. • knock down
be many. • be on display. • be on show.
(infml). • lash out. • lay out. • let pass.
• be revealed. • be rife. • be unveiled.
• occupy yourself. • open the purse. •
• branch off. • branch out. • bruit
pay out. • pay up. • pony up. • put in.
about/abroad. • catch on. • fan out. •
• run through. • shell out (infml). •
filter through. • grow bigger. • lay
splash out (infml). • stump up (infml).
down. • lay on. • lay out. • make
• take up. • take your ease. • throw
known. • make public. • meet sb at ev-
away. • use up. • while away.
ery turn. • open out. • pass on. • plas-
split vb –AA. ter on (infml). • put about. • put on. •
be equal. • be off. • beat it. • become roll out. • shake out. • smear on. •
estranged. • blow the whistle on. • spread like wildfire. • spread out. •
break apart. • break up with/from. • straighten out. • stretch out. • swarm
break up. • bust up (infml). • carve up. over. • thin out. • write-up.
• come apart. • come undone. • cut
spring vb –A.
and run. • dissociate yourself from. •
announce without warning. • appear
divide (up). • divide in two. • divvy up
suddenly. • appear unexpectedly. •
(infml). • do the dirty on (infml). •
arise from. • arise in. • be derived. • be
dole out. • drop a/the dime on (infml).
described from. • be elastic. • come
• get a divorce. • get divorced. • give
from. • come into being. • come into
away. • give way. • go halves. • go in
existence. • come into view. • crop up.
different directions. • go separate
• derive from. • descend from. • de-
ways. • go shares. • grass on (infml).
velop quickly. • emanate from. • evolve
• inform on/against. • make off. •
from. • fly back. • have its/their origins
make yourself scarce. • measure out. •
in. • introduce suddenly. • introduce
move fast. • parcel out. • part com-
unexpectedly. • issue from. • jump over
pany (with). • part from. • peach on
the sticks. • jump up. • kick back. • lay
(infml). • pimp on (infml). • pull
hands upon. • make a sudden appear-
apart. • push off (infml). • put sb’s pot
ance. • move fast. • originate from. •
on (infml). • rat on (infml). • rat out
originate in. • pole-vault. • pop up
(infml). • reach a parting of the ways.
(infml). • pounce on. • present sud-
• reach the parting of the ways. • run
denly. • present unexpectedly. • pro-
away. • run for it. • scamper off. • sell
ceed from. • reveal suddenly. • reveal
down the river (infml). • sell out. •
unexpectedly. • shoot up. • spring back.
separate from. • set apart. • share out.
• spring up. • sprout up. • start from.
• shove off (infml). • show a clean pair
• stem from. • take your fences.
of heels. • slice up. • slope off. • split
off. • squeal on (infml). • stab in the square vb –A.
back. • stitch up (infml). • take off. • account for. • be compatible. • be con-
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gruous. • be consistent (with). • be remain in force. • remain in operation.


consonant. • be in agreement. • be in • remain operative. • remain valid. •
harmony (with). • be true. • buy off rise from your seat. • rise to your feet.
(infml). • buy over. • clear up. • cut • run for. • set up. • show respect. •
down to size. • deal with. • even up. side with. • speak in favour of. • stand
• find a solution to. • find an answer against. • stand by. • stand firm. • stand
to. • fit in. • give a backhander to on ceremony. • stand the expense. •
(infml). • give a sweetener to (infml). stand the strain. • stand up for. • stand
• give an inducement to. • grease sb’s up to argument. • stand up to investiga-
palm (infml). • iron out. • knock into tion. • stand up to. • stand up. • stay
shape. • lick into shape. • make con- put. • stick fast. • straighten up. • take
form. • make equal. • make flush. • the side of. • take the strain. • take your
make good. • make uniform. • match stand. • up-end.
up. • pay in full. • pay off. • put in
star vb –A.
order. • put right. • put to rights. •
get your name in lights. • have a repu-
reach an agreement about. • round off.
tation. • play the lead. • steal the show.
• set right. • set straight. • settle up.
• take all the limelight. • take the cen-
• smooth over. • sort out. • square
tre of the stage. • take the lead.
away. • straighten out. • trim the sails.
• work out. stare vb –A.
be blatant. • be conspicuous. • be curi-
stand vb –AAA. ous. • be obvious. • be prominent. • be
accept a candidature. • be a candidate.
rude. • gaze and gaze. • goggle at. •
• be conspicuous. • be erect. • be es-
look fixedly. • look intently. • look sur-
tablished. • be in a state of. • be in
prised. • not believe your eyes. • not
force. • be in the running for. • be in
expect. • open your eyes wide. • rub
use. • be located. • be loyal to defend.
your eyes. • stand and stare. • stand
• be on your feet. • be patient. • be
out. • stick out. • watch closely.
pending. • be perched. • be posi-
tioned. • be proved. • be ready for start vb –AAA.
action. • be set. • be sited. • be situ- be agitated. • be born. • be excitable. •
ated. • be stable. • be supportive of. • be nervous. • begin working. • begin
be the case. • be true. • be upright. • your journey. • bring into being. •
be upstanding. • be valid. • be verti- buckle to/down. • come forth. • come
cal. • be well-founded. • be well- into being. • come into existence. •
grounded. • bear the cost. • cast an- crack at the seams. • crop up. • embark
chor. • cock up. • come to a halt. • on. • enter on/upon. • fall to. • fire
come to a standstill. • come to rest. • away (infml). • fire up. • first see the
come to your feet. • cope with. • drop light of day. • get a shock. • get crack-
anchor. • face up to. • find your feet. ing (infml). • get down to business
• get to your feet. • get up. • give (infml). • get down to it (infml). • get
battle. • go on. • have force. • hold going. • get moving (infml). • get off
good. • hold sway. • hold to. • hold your backside (infml). • get on the road.
water. • jump up. • make a stand. • • get sth functioning. • get sth going. •
make payment. • make vertical. • get sth moving. • get sth off the ground.
meet charges. • observe decorum. • • get sth working. • get stuck in (infml).
offer yourself. • oppose openly. • pick • get the ball rolling. • get the show on
yourself up. • place yourself. • put up the road (infml). • get to it (infml). •
with. • raise up. • remain effective. • get under way. • get weaving (infml). •
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get your finger out (infml). • get going. self. • gain a footing. • get a foothold.
• give a jump. • go ahead. • have a • go for a visit. • go on being. • go on.
jolt. • hit the road (infml). • hit the • go visiting. • grow moss. • hang
trail (infml). • jump back. • jump out about (infml). • hang around/round
of your skin. • kick off (infml). • kick (infml). • hang in the air. • have rooms.
sth off. • kick-start. • lay the corner- • hold back. • hold good. • hold in
stone of. • lay the first stone (of). • lay abeyance. • hold it. • hold on. • hold
the foundations of. • lead off. • leap over/off. • hold up. • hold your ground.
up. • make a beginning. • make a start • hold your hand. • hold your horses. •
(on). • make the first move. • move interfere with. • keep back. • keep on.
fast. • not expect. • open fire. • open • keep up. • keep your footing. • lay on
up. • pick a fight. • pitch in (infml). • the table. • let alone. • let be. • let
push off (infml). • put your hand to the sleeping dogs lie. • live and let live. •
plough (infml). • put your shoulder to live at. • lodge at. • make inactive. •
the wheel. • result from. • ring up the move slowly. • not budge. • not change
curtain. • ring in. • sally forth. • set your spots. • not stir. • pay a visit. •
forth. • set forward. • set going. • set persist in being. • place yourself. • put
in motion. • set moving. • set off. • set a brake on. • put back. • put down
on fire. • set out. • set sth going/mov- roots. • put in abeyance. • put in cold
ing. • set the ball rolling. • set things storage (infml). • put off the evil day. •
moving. • set up. • set about. • sow put off the evil hour. • put off. • put on
the seeds of. • start functioning. • start ice (infml). • put on the back burner
game. • start off. • start operating. • (infml). • put over. • put up at. • put
start out. • start sth functioning. • start up. • refuse to budge. • remain (be-
sth operating. • start up. • strike out. hind). • remain in situ. • remain the
• switch on. • take the first step. • take same. • reside at. • resist change. • set
the plunge (infml). • take up. • touch back. • set in. • sit tight. • sleep at. •
off. • turn on. • turn to. • wade in. slow down. • slow up. • spend some
time. • stand fast. • stand firm. • stand
state vb –A.
over. • stand pat. • stand still. • stand
be specific about. • be specific. • clothe
your ground. • stay behind. • stay put.
in words. • come out with. • find
• stick around. • stick it out. • stop off.
words for. • give out. • give voice to. •
• stop over. • strike root in. • take a
lay down. • make known. • put in
rain check on. • take a room (at). •
words. • set down. • set out. • spell
take hold. • take rooms. • take root. •
out.
take up residence. • take your time. •
stay vb –AAA. throw a monkey wrench in the works of
allow to stand. • be accommodated at. (infml). • throw a spanner in the works
• be accommodated. • be billeted. • be of. • wait and see. • wait around.
here for good. • be housed. • be late.
• be left. • be long about it. • be old.
steal vb –A.
abscond with. • be light-fingered. • be
• be present. • be quartered. • be
stealthy. • be sticky-fingered. • be un-
stable. • be your guest. • bide your
due. • blow a safe. • break in. • carry
time. • break your journey. • bring to
away. • carry off. • carry out. • circu-
rest. • carry over. • come to stay. • con-
late bad money. • clean out. • copy
tinue to be. • dig in. • dig your heels
from. • dip your hands into. • drive off.
in. • dig your toes in. • do later. • drag
• freeze on to. • get surreptitiously. •
your feet. • dwell at. • entrench your-
go walkies (infml). • half-inch. • have
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a finger in the till. • have your fingers/ in there (infml). • hold on. • hold wa-
hand in the till. • help yourself (to). • ter (infml). • jut out. • keep at. • last
hive off. • hold for ransom. • hold up. out. • lay down. • persist with. • poke
• house-break. • infringe copyright. • out. • put down. • put up with. • put
infringe the copyright of. • knock off. your back into (infml). • remain faith-
• latch onto. • lift cattle. • make away ful to. • run through. • see it through to
with. • make off with. • move fur- the end. • see it through. • seize up. •
tively. • obtain stealthily. • pass off as set down. • stand (for) (infml). • stand
your own. • pick locks. • pick pockets. by. • stand out. • stick like a leech. •
• pick the lock. • relieve of. • rip off stick like glue. • stick like wax. • stick
(infml). • run away with (infml). • run together. • submit to. • take hold of sb.
off with. • sneak off with. • spirit • take sth lying down. • tough it out
away. • steal along. • steal by. • steal (infml). • work at.
past. • stick up. • take away. • take for
stop vb –AAA.
yourself. • take hostage. • take posses-
abstain from. • be at an end. • be inac-
sion of. • walk away with (infml). •
tive. • be late. • be over. • be slow. •
walk off with.
block up. • blow over. • box in. • break
step vb –A. off. • break the journey. • break up. •
become involved. • clip on (infml). • break your journey. • break down. •
give up your post/job. • go backward. bring to a close. • bring to a halt. •
• go down. • go forward. • go up. • bring to a standstill. • bring to a stop. •
hoof it (infml). • move backward. • bring to an end. • bring up. • bung up.
move forward. • move quickly. • raise • call a halt (to). • call it a day (infml).
up. • speed up. • step down. • step in. • call off. • cease from. • cease march-
• step on. • step up. • take a hand. • ing. • choke (up). • clock out. • clog
take action. • take measures. • tramp (up). • close down. • close up. • come
on. • trample on. • tread on. • walk off. • come to a close. • come to a dead
on. end. • come to a dead stop. • come to
a halt. • come to a standstill. • come to
stick vb –AA.
a stop. • come to an end. • come to rest.
be believed. • be conspicuous. • be do-
• come up against a blank wall. • cut
ing with. • be fixed. • be glued. • be
off. • cut out (infml). • cut short. • de-
goofy (infml). • be loyal to. • be no-
sist from. • die away. • do for (infml).
ticeable. • be obtrusive. • be obvious.
• draw to a close. • draw up. • drop it.
• be regarded as valid. • be rusty. • be
• drop in. • fade away. • fetch up. • fill
supportive of. • be unable to move. •
(up). • fold up. • forbear from. • freeze
be unwilling. • be upheld. • be valid.
up. • give over. • give up. • go home. •
• be well founded. • be well grounded.
go out. • hang up. • have done with. •
• become a habit. • become bogged
have done. • hold back. • hold up. •
down. • become clogged up. • become
jack in. • jam (up). • keep back. •
embedded. • become fixed. • become
knock it off. • knock off (infml). • knock
immobilized. • become inoperative. •
on the head. • lay off. • lay over. • leave
become jammed. • become lodged. •
off. • let up. • make mute. • melt away.
become trapped. • become unable to
• nip (sth) in the bud. • nip in the bud.
move. • become wedged. • catch the
• pack in (infml). • peter out. • pipe
eye. • cease to work. • come to a halt.
down. • pull in. • pull over. • pull up.
• come to a standstill. • gain credence.
• put a stop to. • put an end to. • put
• get bogged down. • grin and bear it.
in. • put paid to (infml). • put the
• grind to a halt. • grow on sb. • hang
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kibosh on (infml). • put the lid on. • give emphasis to. • harp on. • impress
put the stopper on (infml). • put to si- on sb. • impress on/upon. • insist on. •
lence. • put up. • reach a standstill. • lay emphasis upon. • lay stress on. •
refrain from. • refuse to pay. • rein in. make a point of. • make emphatic. •
• ring down. • ring off. • run down. • make important. • place emphasis on.
run its course. • save your breath. • • place the accent on. • point up. •
shut down. • shut up. • soft-pedal. • press home. • push to the limit. • push
sound dead. • stand in the way of. • too far. • put emphasis on. • rub in. •
stand still. • stay over. • stay your subject to strain. • subject to stress. •
hand. • stop at. • stop dead in your subject to tension. • turn the spotlight
tracks. • stop in your tracks. • stop off. on. • work an argument to death.
• stop over. • stop sb’s mouth. • stop
short. • stop up. • switch off. • throw
stretch vb –A.
be a challenge to. • be elastic. • be
in the towel. • turn off. • turn out. •
enough for. • be extended. • be great.
wall up. • wind up. • write off.
• be long. • be prone. • be prostrate. •
store vb –A. be recumbent. • be stretchable. • be
add to. • bottle up. • bring together. • stretchy. • be sufficient for. • be tensile.
build up your stocks. • build up. • • be too much for. • be unbroken. •
bulk-buy. • buy in. • draw out. • equip burst forth. • cover a given distance. •
yourself. • file and forget. • fill up. • drape yourself. • draw out. • draw
fold up. • gather in. • get in supplies tight. • extend across. • extend the du-
of. • hang on to. • have in hand. • ration of. • extend to. • extend yourself.
keep back. • keep by you. • keep in • get bigger. • get larger. • have the
hand. • keep in reserve. • lay by. • lay money for. • hold out. • lay it on thick.
down. • lay in a stock. • lay in/aside. • lean back. • let go. • lie down. •
• lay up. • lock away. • lock up. • make longer. • make taut. • make
make a nest egg. • make ready. • not tense. • make thin. • pull into shape. •
dispose of. • not use. • pack away. • pull out of shape. • pull out. • push to
pay by cheque. • pile up. • prepare for the limit. • push too far. • put a strain
a rainy day. • prepare yourself. • put on. • put forth. • put great demands on.
aside for a rainy day. • put aside. • put • reach out. • reach to. • shoot up. •
away for a rainy day (infml). • put spin out. • spread out. • spread over. •
away. • put by. • put down. • put in spring up. • stick out. • straighten out.
moth balls. • put in storage. • put in • stretch a point. • stretch out. • thrust
store. • put in the bottom drawer. • put out.
in the kitty. • put into storage. • put on
strike vb –AA.
board. • put to one side. • roll up. •
act as a landmark. • agree on. • aim a
salt away. • save up. • scrape together.
blow. • appear to. • arrive at. • assault
• seal up. • set apart. • set aside. •
sb. • attract notice. • bang into. • be
squirrel away (infml). • stash away. •
active. • be in collision with. • be inac-
stock up on. • stock up with. • stock up
tive. • be obstructive. • be on strike. •
your cupboards/larder. • stock up. •
be plausible. • be vigorous. • be visible.
store away. • stow away. • take in. •
• beat black and blue. • beat down. •
take on supplies. • take on. • top up.
beat the air. • beat up. • begin playing.
stress vb –A. • begin to play. • bowl over. • box sb’s
bring to the fore. • cause to feel men- ears. • box the ears of. • bring down. •
tal/emotional strain. • draw attention bump into. • catch the eye. • cease
to. • dwell on. • focus attention on. • work. • chance on. • chance upon. •
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claim attention. • clip your ear. • col- playing. • start to play. • stop work. •
lide with. • come across. • come by. • strike a ball. • strike at. • strike hard. •
come into contact with. • come into strike out. • strike up. • stumble on/
your consciousness. • come out. • across. • stumble upon. • take action. •
come to an agreement on. • come to take apart. • take down. • take indus-
mind. • come to the mind of. • come trial action. • take on. • take up. • tan
to. • come upon. • commence playing. sb’s hide (infml). • tan your hide. •
• crack into/against. • crash into. • throw stones at. • turn up. • turn on. •
cross out. • dash against. • dawn on. vote with your feet. • walk out. • with-
• dawn upon. • deal a blow to. • di- hold your labour. • work to rule.
rect your footsteps. • do over (infml). structure vb –A.
• down tools. • drive in. • enforce build up. • give structure to. • put to-
idleness. • enter your head. • fall on gether.
sb. • fall upon. • fetch sb a blow. • give
(sb) a hiding. • give sb a black eye. • study vb –A.
give sb a bloody nose. • give the im- always have your nose in a book. • ap-
pression to. • go on strike. • go out. • ply yourself (to). • apply the mind. •
hammer in. • happen on. • happen apply yourself. • be attentive. • be
upon. • haul down. • have an impact bookish. • be studious. • be taught. •
on. • have the semblance. • have at. • be tutored in. • bend the mind. • bone
hit out at. • hit over the head. • hit the up on (infml). • brief yourself. • brush
bricks. • hit upon. • hit wildly. • hold up. • burn the midnight oil. • bury
out for. • ill-treat. • knock about/ yourself in your books. • bury yourself
around (infml). • knock down. • in. • check out (infml). • conduct a sur-
knock for six. • knock in. • knock into vey of. • conduct research into. • deal
the middle of next week (infml). • with. • delve into. • devote yourself to
knock into. • knock out. • lace into. • reading. • dip into. • dive into. • do
land a blow. • lash out at. • launch an your homework. • flip through. • get
attack upon. • lay a finger on (infml). up. • go in for. • go into. • go over. • go
• lay about sb. • lay bare. • lay into through. • hammer away at. • hammer
(infml). • lay one on (infml). • leave out. • inquire into. • keep an eye on. •
senseless. • let down. • let fly. • let sb keep under surveillance. • keep watch
have it. • light on. • light up. • light on. • look at. • look into. • major in. •
upon. • look to. • lower a flag. • lunge mug up (infml). • mug up on (infml). •
at. • make an assault on. • make an mull over. • plunge into. • pore over. •
attack/assault. • make an impact on. • prepare yourself. • prosecute your stud-
make sb see stars. • make your way. • ies. • puzzle over. • read up on. • read
move towards. • negotiate a contract. up. • refresh the memory. • research
• occur to. • pitch upon. • plant a into. • run over. • study closely. • study
blow. • poke at. • present itself. • pull particularly. • suss out (infml). • swot
down. • put on. • rain blows. • render (up) (infml). • take a refresher course.
insensible. • render unconscious. • • take up. • trouble your head about. •
rivet the attention. • rough up (infml). turn the leaves. • wade through. • work
• run into. • seem to. • send flying. • at. • work over.
set going. • set out. • set upon sb. • set stuff vb –A.
upon. • settle on. • sit down. • sit in. bring together. • bulge out. • bung up.
• slam into. • slow down. • smash • fill to capacity. • fill yourself. • fill up.
into. • sock it to. • spill the brains of. • make a pig of yourself (infml). • pack
• spring to mind. • stand out. • start tight. • pig out. • pile in. • ram in. •
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squeeze in. • stop up. • stuff yourself your end. • gain your laurels. • get
to the gills. around. • get better. • get on. • get
places. • get promotion. • get results. •
subject vb –A. get to the top. • give a good account of
expose to. • lay open (to). • make li- yourself. • give up. • go amiss. • go as
able. • make subservient. • put down. planned. • go down a bomb (infml). •
• put through. • submit to. • treat sb go far. • go like a bomb (infml). • go off.
to. • treat with. • go over big. • grow famous. • have a
succeed vb –AA. reputation. • have a success. • have the
accede to. • achieve success. • achieve best of it. • hit it. • hit the jackpot
your aim. • achieve your objective. • (infml). • hit the mark. • land on your
arrive at. • assume the office of. • at- feet. • live high. • make a break-
tain your purpose. • be a success. • be through. • make a go of. • make a hit.
accepted. • be as good as your word. • • make a kill/killing. • make a name for
be bumper to bumper. • be effective. • yourself (infml). • make a success of. •
be elevated to. • be expedient. • be on make good. • make it (infml). • make
top of the heap. • be profitable. • be out. • make short work of. • make the
realized. • be subsequent to. • be suc- big time. • make the grade (infml). •
cessful. • be superior. • be the heir of. make your fortune. • make your mark
• be victorious (in). • be well-known. (infml). • make your way. • make a
• bear yourself with credit. • beat the clean sweep. • overcome all obstacles. •
game. • become a self-made man/ pan out (infml). • pay off (infml). • play
woman. • become heir to. • break the your cards well. • pull it off. • pull off.
bank. • break through. • breathe down • pull yourself up by your bootstraps. •
your neck. • bring about. • bring home put across. • put through. • put over. •
the bacon (infml). • bring it off. • bring reach your goal. • rise in the world. •
off. • bring to pass. • bring up the rear. rise to the occasion. • run on. • satisfy
• carry a point. • carry all before you. your ambition. • score a point. • score
• carry off. • carry out. • carry a success. • secure your object. • set the
through. • change hands. • come after. world on fire. • sit on your tail. • step
• come behind. • come into money. • into (sb’s) boots. • step into sb’s shoes
come into possession of. • come into. (infml). • step into the shoes of. • strive
• come next. • come off (infml). • to some purpose. • succeed in. • suc-
come off well. • come off with flying ceed to. • take over from. • take over. •
colours. • come out on top. • come out take the place of. • take your degree. •
with flying colours. • come through. • top the charts. • tread in the steps of. •
come to heel. • come to the top. • tread on the heels of. • triumph in. •
come well out of it. • cover ground. • turn out well. • weather a storm. • win
crack it (infml). • cut it (infml). • do a point. • win your spurs. • work out. •
all right by yourself. • do all right for work well. • work your way up the lad-
yourself (infml). • do the trick (infml). der. • work your way up.
• do well. • do yourself proud. • enter suffer vb –AA.
into. • enter upon. • fill sb’s shoes/ appear in a poor light. • be affected by.
boots (infml). • find a place in the sun • be affected with. • be afflicted by. • be
(infml). • follow after. • follow close agitated. • be convulsed. • be coura-
upon. • follow in order. • follow in the geous. • be damaged. • be dejected. •
footsteps of. • follow in the wake of. • be despondent. • be distressed. • be
follow on. • follow the footprints of. • handicapped. • be hell-bent on. • be
gain success. • gain the day. • gain
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hurt. • be ill.