Abide by – to show respect towards.
All the students must abide by the rules.
Account for – to give reasons, to explain.
Ex: You should account for your absence.
Add up – to be reasonable, to make sense.
Ex: Paul’s story doesn’t add up.
Agree with: to share opinion with someone.
Ex: I agree with you regarding that matter.
Allow for: to consider something.
Ex: We should allow for bigger money spendings during the holiday.
Appeal to: 1) to plead or make a request.
Ex: He appealed to the court to change their decision.
2) to be attractive or interesting.
Ex: Horror movies do not appeal to me.
Apply for: to make a formal request.
Ex: Many people applied for that position.
Back away (off): to move backwards from someone or something.
Ex: The horse backed away from the snake.
Back down: to withdraw, to retreat.
Ex: I believe it’s better to back down from this situation.
Back up: to give support or encouragement.
Ex: Will you please back me up on this at the meeting?
Bank on: to rely on someone or something.
Ex: I wouldn’t bank on that train arriving on time if I were you.
Black out: to faint, to lose consciousness.
Ex: Mary nearly blacked out when she heard the news.
Blow up: to explode.
Ex: They blew up the construction and built it up again.
Boot up: to start a computer by loading an operating system or program.
Ex: You have to boot up your computer before you start to work.
Break down: to stop working, to go out of order.
Ex: The washing machine broke down so we had to call the service.
Break into: to enter by force.
Ex: Burglars broke into our neighbour‘s apartment last night.
Break out: to begin suddenly.
Ex: The Second World War broke out in 1939.
Break up: to end a relationship.
Ex: They broke up because he started seeing another girl.
Bring up: to raise a child.
Ex: She brought her children up during the war.
Bump into: to meet someone unexpectedly.
Ex: I bumped into Sarah this morning.
Burn out: to run out of fuel and go out.
Ex: The light bulb in the garage burnt out. Could you please change it?
Call back: to return a phone call.
Ex: I’m busy at the moment. Could you please call back later?
Call off: to cancel.
Ex: I’m afraid I’ll have to call off our meeting on Saturday.
Calm down: to relax; to become less active.
Ex: You shouldn’t worry. Calm down!
Carry on: to continue.
Ex: Please carry on with your reading.
Carry out: 1) to do something as specified (a plan, an oder)
Ex: His orders were carried out to the letter.
2) to perform or conduct (test, experiment).
Ex: That company doesn’t carry our experiments on animals.
Check in: to register at a hotel or airport.
Ex: We checked in at the airport before our flight.
Check out: to pay a bill and leave a place (hotel)
Ex: I checked out of the hotel at noon.
Clam up: to say nothing, to refuse to speak.
Ex: When they asked him about the burglary, he clammed up.
Come across: 1) to meet or find by chance.
Ex: I came across some old photos while I was tidying up the room.
2) to appear, seem, make an impression.
Ex: He seemed like a gentle man, but sometimes he came across as an unpleasant one.
Come down with: to begin being ill from an illness.
Ex: I don’t think I’ll be able to come to work today. I’ve come down with the flu.
Come forward: to present oneself, to come forward.
Ex: Colin came forward and stood before the class.
Come up with: to produce or discover something, to improvise.
Ex: It is believed that the scientists came up with the cure for cancer.
Count on: to rely or depend on someone or something.
Ex: You can count on him to fix your car.
Cut down on: to reduce the amount of something.
Ex: I gained weight. I’ll have to cut down on cakes.
Cut out: 1) to remove something using scissors.
Ex: I cut out the coupon from the newspapers.
2) to stop doing something.
Ex: You need to cut out sugar from your diet.
Deal with: to handle something (a problem).
Ex: I can’t deal with all these problems at the same time.