|hand something down
||give something used to someone else
||I handed my old comic books down to my little
|hand something in
||I have to hand in my essay by Friday.
|hand something out
||to distribute to a group of people
||We will hand out the invitations at the door.
|hand something over
||give (usually unwillingly)
||The police asked the man to hand over his wallet and his
||stay positive (N.Amer., informal)
||Hang in there. I'm sure you'll find a job very soon.
||wait a short time (informal)
||Hang on while I grab my coat and shoes!
||spend time relaxing (informal)
||Instead of going to the party we are just going to hang out
at my place.
||end a phone call
||He didn't say goodbye before he hung up.
|hold someone/something back
||prevent from doing/going
||I had to hold my dog back because there was a cat
in the park.
|hold something back
||hide an emotion
||Jamie held back his tears at his grandfather's funeral.
||wait a short time
||Please hold on while I transfer you to the Sales
|hold onto someone/something
||hold firmly using your hands or arms
||Hold onto your hat because it's very windy outside.
||A man in a black mask held the bank up this
|keep on doing something
||Keep on stirring until the liquid comes to a boil.
|keep something from someone
||We kept our relationship from our parents for two
|keep someone/something out
||stop from entering
||Try to keep the wet dog out of the living room.
|keep something up
||continue at the same rate
||If you keep those results up you will get into a
|let someone down
||fail to support or help, disappoint
||I need you to be on time. Don't let me down this
|let someone in
||allow to enter
||Can you let the cat in before you go to school?
|look after someone/something
||take care of
||I have to look after my sick grandmother.
|look down on someone
||think less of, consider inferior
||Ever since we stole that chocolate bar your dad has looked
down on me.
|look for someone/something
||try to find
||I'm looking for a red dress for the wedding.
|look forward to something
||be excited about the future
||I'm looking forward to the Christmas break.
|look into something
||We are going to look into the price of snowboards today.
||be careful, vigilant, and take notice
||Look out! That car's going to hit you!
|look out for someone/something
||be especially vigilant for
||Don't forget to look out for snakes on the hiking trail.
|look something over
||Can you look over my essay for spelling mistakes?
|look something up
||search and find information in a reference book or database
||We can look her phone number up on the Internet.
|look up to someone
||have a lot of respect for
||My little sister has always looked up to me.
|make something up
||invent, lie about something
||Josie made up a story about why we were late.
||forgive each other
||We were angry last night, but we made up at breakfast.
|make someone up
||apply cosmetics to
||My sisters made me up for my graduation party.
|mix something up
||confuse two or more things
||I mixed up the twins' names again!
||His uncle passed away last night after a long illness.
||It was so hot in the church that an elderly lady passed out.
|pass something out
||give the same thing to many people
||The professor passed the textbooks out before
|pass something up
||decline (usually something good)
||I passed up the job because I am afraid of change.
|pay someone back
||return owed money
||Thanks for buying my ticket. I'll pay you back on
|pay for something
||be punished for doing something bad
||That bully will pay for being mean to my little brother.
|pick something out
||I picked out three sweaters for you to try on.
|point someone/something out
||indicate with your finger
||I'll point my boyfriend out when he runs by.
|put something down
||put what you are holding on a surface or floor
||You can put the groceries down on the kitchen
|put someone down
||insult, make someone feel stupid
||The students put the substitute teacher down
because his pants were too short.
|put something off
||We are putting off our trip until January because of the
|put something out
||The neighbours put the fire out before the firemen
|put something together
||I have to put the crib together before the baby
|put up with someone/something
||I don't think I can put up with three small children in
|put something on
||put clothing/accessories on your body
||Don't forget to put on your new earrings for the party.